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Thunder, lightning force Huskies to move practice inside

It was only sprinkling, but the dark skies threatened thunder and lighting, so the Huskies moved their Wednesday practice inside to the Dempsey Indoor facility. Turned out to be a good decision, as thunder could be heard outside several times before practice ended. Going to guess there was probably a little lightning, too.

Moving inside changes things a bit from our vantage point, because we’re limited to one corner of the track and can’t see a lot of what’s happening on the field. So this practice recap will be somewhat abridged. But we do have a few notes to pass along.

--- It was a busy day in and around Husky Stadium. The Pac-12 Networks were in town filming interviews for their UW season preview show. That included former Huskies All-American Lincoln Kennedy, who is in his first season as a member of the Networks’ on-air talent squad. Kennedy, a recent college football Hall of Fame inductee, spoke with reporters for a little while afterward and we’ll have a story about him in tomorrow’s newspaper. Yogi Roth, Mike Yam and Nick Aliotti were also on hand. Former UW All-Americans Lawyer Milloy and Dave Hoffman attended practice, too. Milloy taped an interview with Kennedy.

--- Also, UW Medicine announced during a press conference at Husky Stadium that with the help of a $2.5 million donation from the NFL, it is launching a sports health and safety institute with a focus on concussion research.

--- After wearing shells the first two days and shoulder pads the last two days, the Huskies were in full pads for the first time on Wednesday. It still wasn’t a full-contact practice, though safety Brandon Beaver drew some oohs-and-ahhs after leveling freshman receiver Isaiah Renfro late in practice. Probably wasn’t a legal hit, though.

--- Jake Browning worked with the first-team offense during the final 11-on-11 period, K.J. Carta-Samuels worked with the 2s and Jeff Lindquist was with the 3s (the quarterbacks have mixed-and-matched with different personnel groupings throughout camp, so don’t read anything into it). The offense struggled to move the ball, with the highlight maybe being a Browning-to-Brayden Lenius tunnel screen that covered about 30 yards (again, hard to gauge distances with poor depth perception). But that series later ended when Browning was intercepted by sophomore cornerback Darren Gardenhire on a pass intended for Marvin Hall.

--- First-team offensive line: Jake Eldrenkamp, Dexter Charles, Siosifa Tufunga, Shane Brostek, Coleman Shelton. Charles and Tufunga were also interviewed on-camera by Kennedy, so keep an eye out for that.

Second-team offensive line: Andrew Kirkland, Dane Crane, Michael Kneip, Jesse Sosebee, Matt James. Though there obviously is some susbstution going on there, too.

--- Tony Rodriguez made a nice throw for about a 20-yard touchdown pass to Chico McClatcher during an early red-zone period.

That’s all for today.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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