The Seattle Times — Huskies’ young receivers embracing daily challenge against UW’s loaded secondary
Adam Jude’s latest practice report from the Washington Huskies’ fall camp focuses on how the Huskies offense is faring in its task to replace Dante Pettis, who accounted for 26 percent of Washington’s receptions last season. Jude singles out Aaron Fuller and Ty Jones in particular as likely candidates to become Browning’s go-to targets during the 2018 campaign, based on their production so far throughout fall camp.
The most recent dispatch from Christian Caple details the success Washington’s offense realized against the No. 1 defense during Saturday’s open practice. By all accounts, Jake Browning and Co. found little purchase against Pete Kwiatkowski and Jimmy Lake’s defense during the first week of fall camp. This weekend, the pendulum began to swing in the offense’s favor, with the Husky offense hitting paydirt on a Browning TD pass during a live-tackling drill in the red zone.
Josh Kirshenbaum examines how Jordan Paopao is compensating for the loss of last year’s freshman All American Hunter Bryant, and ponders which tight ends might step up in his absence.
Suffice to say that fall camp has so far been, at best, a mixed bag for Washington’s kicking game:
Petersen was asked Friday what he learned about the kickers through the first week of camp.
“That we’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said. “That’s what it is, that we’ve got a lot of work to do. It’s hard in here (Husky Stadium), little bit of wind here. The ball is blowing around a little bit, but we’re going to have to kick in wind for real, so we’ve got to be able to kick in all elements.”
(Somewhere, Dick Baird’s cardiologist sweating bullets.)
Kim Grinolds, Scott Eklund and Chris Fetters give a detailed breakdown of what they’ve seen from the Dawgs during this year’s fall camp so far. They give special attention to what they saw in the team’s situational drills, the contributions made by the team’s younger players, and the different configurations they saw along the offensive line.
Ty Hildenbrandt and Dan Rubenstein give their national perspective of the race for Pac-12 North, with both agreeing that Washington will begin the season with the inside track toward winning the division championship.
Zooming out from the Pac-12, SI delves into what the future holds for D. J. Durkin and the Maryland football program in the wake of last week’s bombshell report by ESPN detailing the team’s “toxic culture” that may have played a role in the June 2018 death of Jordan McNair, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman who was hospitalized after participating in conditioning sprints during a team workout. SB Nation’s Alex Kirshner has a comprehensive timeline of events that is a helpful primer on the story, as well.
With Urban Meyer on administrative leave while the university looks into what he knew regarding Zach Smith’s alleged history of domestic violence, Paul Myerberg breaks down the likelihood that he’ll land on his feet and get a chance to continue his coaching career. The simple fact is this: No matter what Meyer knew, or how inadequate or morally failing his lack of action was, at some point, some institution somewhere will decide it’s worth hiring a coach who has won national titles at two different institutions.
- Former Washington State Cougars quarterback Ryan Leaf spoke before the Huskies at Chris Petersen’s invitation last weekend.
- The Pac-12 Networks’ Yogi Roth shared his thoughts on Chris Petersen and the contributions he’s made to the college football game.
- Keishawn Bierria, now a Denver Bronco, spoke about how playing for Petersen prepared him for life in the NFL.
- Some sights and sounds from Washington’s recent practices.