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Friday night practice report

A short report tonight with a Saturday morning practice less than 12 hours away...

Redshirt freshman Brian Lawson has spent the first two practices with the No. 1 defense at nose guard. With Mike Krause out for the season, Lawson was elevated from his backup spot on the depth chart. It's tough to tell how exactly he's been doing because the Huskies still haven't worn pads, but he definitely looks bigger than last season. Ron Newcomb served as Lawson's backup.

Sophomore quarterback DeMarcus Grady had a very strong showing. He ripped off a 70-yard touchdown run and looked impressive in the passing game. Grady made the throw of the night on a deep pass to freshman wide receiver Daniel Rodriguez. Nate Palmer also had a nice practice.

I spent a good deal of time watching wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck teaching footwork to his young group of wideouts. Expectations are pretty high for the incoming freshmen group and when the coaches say they're teaching the young kids baby steps, this is what they're talking about. There is a lot more that goes into a wide receiver's footwork from pre-snap to that first step than people think.

Right now Ryan Morris, Mike Sobol and Jordan Lynch are getting turns at holder.

Cornerback Chris Smith rebounded from a poor showing in kick return and 1-on-1 drills to make a nice interception.


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