Browning was operating the first-team offense regularly during the live practice exercise, making it evident that he's angling to move up the depth chart. Returning starter Trey Revell, a senior next year, primarily handled the twos with Cody Wells manning the third team. TO enhance the evaluation though, all three quarterbacks were given opportunities with different units as well while facing the first, second and reserve defenses.
Asked after practice how observers should interpret Browning's current standing, first-year coach Todd Berry said, "We're going to move up and down the depth chart, based on their past performance. It doesn't make any difference about what you've done early in the spring. What I want to see is consistency. The consistent guy is the one who every day says this is my job and I want to keep my job. Every time that you're graded, that's what happens."
In other words, Browning earned major time with the starters because he's been performing well lately. That's a snapshot of the way things are today.
"As we go into next fall, we will look at the bulk of work rather than just the single last scrimmage," Berry said. "But in terms of daily scrimmages, after today's scrimmage, they'll be rewarded for their performance."
Browning was 9-of-20 in the scrimmage for 136 yards and showed decent running ability with rushes of 18, 15, and 10 yards (overall with sacks, he had 21 yards on nine rushes). Most importantly, he didn't commit a turnover while contributing five passing plays of 10 yards or more.
"The most important part of every play is that you possess the ball at the end of the play," Berry said.
Revell was 9-of-19 for 42 yards. His turn under center produced one explosive play, a 25-yard pass and two turnovers (one interception, one lost fumble).
Wells, Revell's backup last year, finished 7-of-17 for 61 yards with an interception and a touchdown to tight end Alvin Jordan.
"They will be judged on how well they move the football team," Berry said. "The more they possess the ball, the more opportunities they have."
The quarterbacks were hampered by multiple dropped passes by the receivers, particularly early in the scrimmage.
Overall though, Berry said he liked what he saw on Friday after a sluggish start to the week. The energy level was high, with both offensive and defensive players delivering plenty of big licks. The Warhawks were off last week for spring break and weren't crisp in their return to the practice field on Monday.
"The more comfortable you are with something, the faster you can play," Berry said. "I thought we played faster today."