The schedule says Thursday was practice No. 22 of fall camp, but as senior quarterback Sam Stratton led the team break after stretching, he said it was the start of game week preparation for the Aug. 30 opener against Montana.
And, there was some evidence of that as true freshmen quarterbacks Nick Smith and Austin Fort wore No. 10 jerseys — the same as Montana senior quarterback Jordan Johnson.
Either way, UW practiced in shoulder pads and shorts in War Memorial Stadium.
Sophomore punter Ethan Wood was back for the first time since his parents were killed in a plane crash Aug. 9. Prior to practice Wood and senior Stuart Williams did some punting. There was no punt rush or anything like that. However, Wood looked pretty good as he got some good height and distance on many of his at or near his own end zone. Wood drew some praise from first-year coach Craig Bohl.
UW started practice with some 11-on-11 work. There was not a lot of big plays by the offense, but redshirt senior Colby Kirkegaard threw a nice, medium-ranged pass to senior receiver Jalen Claiborne along the sideline. Kirkegaard was accurate throughout the drill. Sophomore Tom Thornton, Kirkegaard’s backup, was the only other quarterback to take snaps in the drill.
The Cowboys rotated guys along the offensive line. Sophomore guard Sam Hardy took snaps at both the left and right side. Junior Jake Jones did as well. Sophomore Chase Roullier also took some snaps at center, as did sophomore Jacob English.
Here is what Bohl said after practice:
Defensively, there was not a lot of surprise in terms who played with the starters. At strong safety, redshirt freshman Tim Kamana, true freshman Chavez Pownell Jr. and sophomore Xavier Lewis all took snaps with the twos. At cornerback, redshirt junior Tyran Finley and true freshman Robert Priester tooks snaps with the backups, and sophomore corner Tim Hayes got some time in as the nickel back.
A scout from the Carolina Panthers was at practice.
Here is a short video on the running backs and fullbacks doing some drill work Thursday:
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