Washington spring practice, Day 6: Thoughts, observations and insights
Big plays, safety talk, Sav'ell Smalls, thoughts from Chuck Morrell and Eric Schmidt, and more.
SEATTLE — Some thoughts, observations, questions and answers from Washington’s sixth practice of spring, again held inside the climate-controlled confines of the Dempsey Indoor on a chilly, wet Monday morning …
In past seasons, it could be difficult to get a great read on how good Washington’s offense might be, because the defense was so dominant — and had so many returning star players — that practices often went the defense’s way. I’ve written it before, but that’s sometimes what it feels like watching Washington’s current offense practice, particularly when the Huskies throw the ball.
It’s not as if Michael Penix Jr. is just sitting back and firing to wide-open receivers on every play. I think the defense has done an OK job of pressuring him, and the coverage probably has been tighter than it was last year.
But there also are a handful of plays each practice that remind you where the Huskies are most talented, and a fair share of those plays are made by Rome Odunze. It was that way again Monday, when the junior receiver sped past cornerback Jabbar Muhammad for about a 55-yard touchdown pass from Penix, also caught a long throw with Mishael Powell in coverage during 7-on-7s and beat Muhammad for another big gain, too.