UW Huskies practice notes: More big plays from Byron Murphy, Salvon Ahmed

Murphy intercepts Jake Browning and returns it for a touchdown to highlight Day 8 at UW camp.

Notes and observations from Day 8 at UW fall camp on Tuesday afternoon:

— After a day off Monday, the Huskies were back in shells (helmets, shoulder pads, shorts) on the east practice field. Chris Petersen seemed content enough with how things were progressing after the first week of camp. The next two weeks, he said, will be critical. “I think everybody in America is going to go out and have a good first week,” he said. “If you don’t you’ve got big issues. Everyone can have a good first week, and should. It’s kind of when you move forward from there.”

— The defense “won” the day yet again after the No. 1 defense kept the No. 1 offense off the scoreboard on the final red-zone drive. OLB Jusstis Warren had a touch sack of Jake Browning at the defense’s 25-yard line, and Browning’s third-down pass for Chico McClatcher fell incomplete in the end zone, with CB Myles Bryant in tight coverage. Tristan Vizcaino then missed, just left, a 42-yard field-goal attempt — the only miss I can recall of camp from him — prompting a celebration from the defense and more post-practice sprints for the offense.

— The No. 1 offense did score a touchdown on its first red-zone drive of the final period when Myles Gaskin followed a push from C Coleman Shelton on third-and-goal from the 1. On the play before, there was a small tussle after Gaskin was stopped by S Ezekiel Turner at the 2-yard line. Turner, Gaskin and LT Trey Adams, among others, were pushing and shoving momentarily. The offense was particularly amped up to get in the end zone on the next play.

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— On the next red-zone drive, Vizcaino connected from 36 yards to get the No. 2 offense on the board. K.J. Carta-Samuels had made a nice throw to the left sideline for WR Aaron Fuller to get Vizcaino in closer range.

— In the No. 3 offense vs. No. 3 defense red-zone drive, walk-on CB Sean Vergara had one of the highlights of the day when he made a leaping interception of freshman QB Jake Haener‘s first throw (for WR Jordan Chin) to the back left corner of the end zone. (Haener’s had a lot of turnovers in his first camp, but he’s also showed off a strong arm. He and Chin connected on a 1-yard TD pass during a 7-on-7…

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