- Mason Kelley, Reporter, Recruiting Nation
SEATTLE -- Here is a quick-hitting look at Washington's 10th day of fall camp.
James Johnson missed practice with a dislocated left wrist. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said the receiver suffered the injury during Wednesday’s practice.
“Hopefully we can get him back sooner, rather than later,” Sarkisian said.
Linebacker Jamaal Kearse also missed practice. He has a stress fracture in his left tibia. He was on the field with crutches and a walking boot.
Washington jumps in the lake
Washington went into Thursday’s practice with a very specific plan. The Huskies spent a lot of time working in the red zone during an abbreviated session that lasted less than two hours.
When practice was over, players shed their pads, walked off the field and jumped in Lake Washington.
“I thought about it walking out here,” Sarkisian said when asked about jumping in the lake. “It was hot. It felt like, ‘Man, that water looked good.’ I wanted to jump in. I was doing it regardless.”
Young linemen working up depth chart
Walk-on lineman Michael Kneip spent some time with the second-string line, another young Washington player getting an opportunity to work his way up the depth chart.
“All of our young linemen have been progressively working their way in more and more and more, which is a really good thing,” Sarkisian said.
Freshman returns to practice, makes play
After missing time with a mild concussion, freshman Shaq Thompson was back on the field Thursday.
And he made a play.
The safety, who was wearing a non-contact yellow jersey, intercepted a Keith Price pass, heading the other way for a pick-six.
“As soon as he comes back, another pick-six,” Sarkisian said. “He’s just that type of guy. He’s got great instincts, a great IQ for the game. It’s good to have him back."
QB Derrick Brown works with second-team
Sarkisian said Washington is counting the number of snaps each quarterback gets every day.
Thursday was redshirt freshman Derrick Brown’s opportunity to get extensive work with the second team, and he made some plays.
“Certain days are designed for certain guys,” Sarkisian said. “Today was kind of Derrick’s day to get extensive work there, and I think Derrick has done some really nice things. He’s improved in a lot of areas.
“I’ve been, for the most part, impressed with what he’s done. There’s been some areas we need to continue to work on.”
Walk-on switches positions
Sophomore walk-on Alec Kimble has been moved from linebacker to tight end. With H-back Joshua Perkins being dismissed from the team Thursday, the position switch gives the Huskies more depth at tight end.
“I think he can compete there,” Sarkisian said. “In high school he caught a lot of balls. He was a wide receiver type. He’s a great body type. He’s kept himself in great shape. He’s in a little bit of a logjam on the defensive side of the ball, and we feel like he can help us on offense.”
When talking about his offensive line Sarkisian said, “Probably the biggest pleasant surprise -- I thought they’d be good, but they’re having a very good camp -- is our offensive line. Some guys have really taken a step from spring ball till now. Micah Hatchie -- I don’t know if today was his best day -- I think he’s really shown a great deal of improvement. Ben Riva is another guy.”
-- Players were not made available to the media after practice.