The Washington Huskies held their ninth Spring Camp practice this morning and Day Nine is officially in the books.
– The team practiced inside Husky Stadium and it was the fifth practice open to the public.
– The weather was sunny and the conditions were perfect for the players and the fans as well.
– The length of the practice was approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes.
NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS
– The team practiced with full pads today and focused a lot on alignment, fundamentals, footwork, and drills.
– Today’s practice was full-contact tackling during some of the scrimmages with referees, offense/defense groups, special teams, alignment, formations, and a ton of reps.
– Today’s 11 on 11 sessions encompassed a lot of situational scrimmages from certain parts of the field.
– Drill work included linemen footwork, WR footwork on sideline catches, QB footwork and handoffs, DB footwork, QB passing, pillars, Barrels, Lineman technique, RB catches, DB interceptions, Slants, Receiver sideline routes, stances, Sleds, FG kicking and special teams work, and coverages.
– The QB group worked on shallow crossing routes, touch passes, handoffs, progressions, footwork, rollouts, short sideline throws, and slant throws. Dylan Morris was accurate on his slant throws over the middle. Sam Huard struggled with accuracy but made good reads as practice went along. Patrick O’Brien was decisive in the pocket and threw the intermediate pass well. Camden Sirmon stood confidently in the pocket and delivered his throws. Jesse Martineau was accurate on his touch passes. Overall this group was able to drill on the fundamentals and work on a variety of different passing situations.
– During the 11 on 11 sessions the First Team Offense consisted primarily of Dylan Morris, Cameron Davis, Rome Odunze, Jalen McMillan, Terrell Bynum, Cade Otton, Jaxson Kirkland, Ulumoo Ale, Luke Wattenberg, Henry Bainivalu, Roger Rosengarten. Sean McGrew, Richard Newton, Devin Culp and Mark Redman rotated in with this group as well.
– During the 11 on 11 sessions the First Team Defense consisted primarily of Tuli Letuligasenoa, Sam Taimani, Asa Turner, Cooper McDonald, Edefuan Ulofoshio, Jackson Sirmon, Trent McDuffie, Kyler Gordon, Kamren Fabiculanan, Cameron Williams, Dominique Hampton. Faatui Tuitele, Jeremiah Martin, and Bralen Trice rotated in with this group as well.
– Husky Stadium opened practice with 2Pac music bumping on the loudspeaker.
– QB’s worked a lot with the WR’s during the start of practice.
– DB’s worked on proper tackling technique and wrapping up during drills.
– Offensive groups worked together at the start of practice on formations.
– Defensive groups worked together at the start of practice on alignment with barrels.
– WR’s worked on keeping one foot in bounds while catching short passes from the QB’s.
– LB’s worked on covering sideline to sideline during drills.
– RB’s worked on ball security during drills.
– OL emphasized down-field blocking during drills.
– LB’s worked on shedding blocks and getting to the QB.
– DB’s worked on picking off passes in the end zone.
– RB’s took on LB’s during pass blocking drills.
– Punters got some work in during the middle of practice and worked on hang time.
– DB Kyler Gordon took snaps as a punt returner during drills.
– WR Taj Davis took snaps as a punt returner during drills as well.
– P Triston Brown has a strong leg. He bombed a 60-yard punt during drills. P Race Porter also executed some punts in that distance range as well.
– There was an emphasis on special teams work during the middle of practice.
– Goal-line scrimmage scenarios were focused on at the end of practice.
– Coach Will Harris has an infectious, high-energy attitude with his players.
– FG kickers were consistent with their attempts today. PK Peyton Henry missed a FG off the right upright from around 43-yards out on his first attempt. PK Tim Horn converted a 40-yard FG at the end of practice.
PLAYERS WHO STOOD OUT
– DB Kyler Gordon continues to impress and looks poised to make his move this year in the secondary. He picked off passes during drills, is making good reads, and seems to be a step faster to everything.
– TE Cade Otton looks in mid-season form, as he caught multiple TD’s and found ways to leak out and get open for his QB’s. Otton should have a spectacular season for the Dawgs this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR
– DB Julius Irvin seems to be playing fast and without hesitation. He got into the backfield to sack the QB and is swarming around the football.
– QB Patrick O’Brien continues to show his consistency in the pocket. He delivered some nice balls for TD’s and shows experience and stability.
BIGGEST PLAYS OF THE DAY
– DL Faatui Tuitele’s pass deflection on QB Dylan Morris during 11-on-11.
– DB Julius Irvin’s sack on QB Dylan Morris during 11-on-11.
– DB Dominique Hampton picked off QB Camden Sirmon during 11-on-11.
– QB Patrick O’Brien’s 30-yard pass to WR Terrell Bynum during 11-on-11.
– QB Dylan Morris TD to TE Cade Otton during 11-on-11.
– TE Quentin Moore’s TD catch from QB Patrick O’Brien during 11-on-11.
– OLB Ryan Bowman sacked QB Sam Huard during 11-on-11.
– RB Sean McGrew’s TD run during 11-on-11.
– The defense recorded two safeties during 11-on-11.
– DB Brendan Radley-Hiles picked off QB Dylan Morris in the end zone during 11-on-11.
– WR Jalen McMillan’s 35-yard TD from QB Patrick O’Brien during 11-on-11.
– WR Jalen McMillan’s 25-yard TD reception from QB Dylan Morris during 7-on-7.
– QB Sam Huard’s 18-yard TD pass to TE Mark Redman during 7-on-7.
– DB Kamren Fabiculanan’s interception on QB Camden Sirmon in the end zone during 7-on-7.
– TE Cade Otton’s TD catch from QB Patrick O’Brien during 7-on-7.
WHO WON THE DAY?
– Defense won the day. They were able to create turnovers, generate safeties, get into the backfield and get sacks and put pressure on quarterbacks to move the team down the field.
– OLB Sav’ell Smalls
– OLB Zion Tupuola-Fetui
– OL Victor Curne
– TE Jack Westover
– LB Miki Ah You
FORMER PLAYERS IN ATTENDANCE
– Hugh Millen
RECRUITS IN THE HOUSE
RECENT SIGNEES IN THE HOUSE
– Washington head coach Jimmy Lake announced after the practice that OLB Zion Tupuola-Fetui will miss the next 6-10 months due to a ruptured Achilles injury he suffered during practice this past week. They are not ruling out him missing the entire 2021 season just yet.
– Coach Lake also announced that OL Will Pliska fractured his ankle and will be out 6 months.
– “I love the offensive line! That’s my favorite position group and I don’t mind saying that,” Washington head coach Jimmy Lake said.
– None. Players were not interviewed today.
– The Huskies return to the practice field in a couple of days for Spring Practice #10 (Friday, April 23rd at 8:30 a.m.).
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