UW football observations: QB Sam Huard impresses on Day 2 of fall camp

Sam Huard is a piece in progress.

There was lots of progress Friday morning.

In UW’s second observe of preseason camp, Huard — a 6-foot-2, 193-pound redshirt freshman and former five-star recruit — took the majority of the beginning reps, as UW continues to separate first-team snaps amongst its three competing quarterbacks (Junior Michael Penix Jr. was the first starter Thursday, whereas sophomore Dylan Morris took sporadic beginning snaps Friday as nicely.)

Huard made the day’s most obtrusive mistake, staring down a large receiver whereas husky nickelback Dominique Hampton dropped into protection and nabbed a simple interception.

Huard didn’t hesitate to make up for that mistake.

A play later, the lefty took a shotgun snap and dropped a rainbow alongside the left sideline for a picturesque 56-yard landing to broad receiver Jalen McMillan — who had bolted previous cornerback Mishael Powell. Huard added two extra majestic touchdowns, serving up a floater that broad receiver Rome Odunze outmuscled nook Jordan Perryman to corral for one more 56-yard rating, earlier than exposing a secondary that bit onerous on play-action to find wideout Jabez Tinae for a 70-yard catch and run.

In all, it was maybe Huard’s most full observe efficiency since arriving at UW — and a vital outburst to maintain him within the hunt alongside Penix and Morris. UW coach Kalen DeBoer mentioned Thursday that the three quarterbacks will obtain equal reps no less than by the staff’s first scrimmage Aug. 13.

Ultimately, the quarterback who finest minimizes errors would possibly begin Sept. 3 in opposition to Kent State. Huard actually did not let one such mistake submarine his first-team alternative Friday morning.

Strong showings for ZTF and Fabiculana

Junior edge Zion Tupuola-Fetui flashed Friday, recording a sack of Penix whereas blowing clear previous beginning proper sort out Roger Rosengarten on a separate play.

While Bralen Trice and Jeremiah Martin once more took most of the first-team reps on the sting, ZTF additionally took some snaps with the starters in place of Trice. Through April and into August, it has appeared edge coach Eric Schmidt believes Trice and Martin to be the assumed starters — though each DeBoer and co-defensive coordinator Chuck Morrell name-dropped Trice, Martin and Tupuola-Fetui as outstanding playmakers at that place. It appears the employees usually considers Martin a bodily and constant run-stopper and ZTF an elite pass-rusher, whereas Trice would possibly current probably the most full mixture of the 2.

Regardless of who begins, anticipate these three to play closely come September — with sophomore Sav’ell Smalls and redshirt freshman Maurice Heims duking it out for remaining reps.

As for the “husky” hybrid nickelback spot, Hampton continues to be the assumed starter — however Kamren Fabiculanan impressed Friday as nicely. The sophomore from Camarillo, California, jumped an out path to intercept Penix and later added a sack and a leaping cross breakup in opposition to tight finish Quentin Moore.

The 6-1, 191-pound husky has repeatedly showcased vital ball abilities. He’ll want to point out he can cease the run to shut the hole with Hampton.

Extra factors

  • Redshirt freshman cornerback Davon Banks snared an interception for the second consecutive observe, securing a simple decide after freshman broad receiver Denzel Boston fell down in a one-on-one drill. After he stunned the teaching employees along with his play final spring, it’s going to be fascinating to see if Banks can push Powell or Perryman for a beginning spot at nook this fall.
  • Virginia switch operating again Wayne Taulapapa was the first starter for a second consecutive observe, whereas Will Nixon and Cameron Davis labored in with the second staff.
  • Graduate switch linebacker Cam Bright picked up a sack on a blitz Friday, whereas linebacker Kris Moll and cornerback Elijah Jackson shared a sack as nicely.
  • UW is making an attempt out a mix of security tandems — with Asa Turner, Cameron Williams and Alex Cook rotating with the starters Friday. Julius Irvin and Vince Nunley additionally labored with the second staff. Cook made the play of the day from that place, muscling by a block to explode a display cross to tight finish Devin Culp … earlier than flexing in Culp’s face for good measure.
  • Junior defensive lineman Tuli (*2*) bullied his approach into the backfield to corral Taulapapa for a sort out for loss, incomes a celebratory shove from co-defensive coordinator William Inge.
  • Redshirt freshman operating again Sam Adams II made a memorable play Friday, taking a swing cross from Huard for an extended achieve after linebacker Carson Bruener tried a diving interception however missed the ball totally as a substitute.
  • Penix wasn’t fairly as sharp Friday because the day earlier than, however the Indiana switch did drop an ideal cross down the seam to Culp for a major achieve in a 7-on-7 drill.
  • Freshman tight finish Ryan Otton sat out Friday’s observe with a attainable damage.

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