Quarterback Competition: Up And Down
We all knew that, heading into spring ball, there would be a vigorous quarterback competition and after two practices, that is definitely holding true.
The coaches are doing a good job of giving K.J. Carta-Samuels, Jake Browning and Jeff Lindquist an equal amount of reps with the first and second teams and during each individual and team/group period.
All three signal-callers had their moments, but the most consistent player was Carta-Samuels, although he had two interceptions on the day himself. Sidney Jones got the first pick while Darren Gardenhire grabbed the second second one.
Carta-Samuels throws a pretty ball and he had some nice completions down the field including a 35-yarder to Marvin Hall for a touchdown.
Lindquist had the most inconsistent day. He rarely went down the field, checking down several times very early in the play, appearing to not give the play much time to develop. The fourth-year junior also made some very questionable throws that could have either been picked off or, at the very least, were knocked down.
Browning looked like the true freshman he is at times, making two very poor throws at the end of practice with one being picked off by walk-on linebacker Jake Waumbaugh and taken back for a score, but he also showed some nice patience in waiting for things to develop down the field as well.
Browning did a good job of keeping his poise and going through his progressions several times.
Players Making Plays
The two players of the day were pretty easy to choose from.
On offense, Brayden Lenius had several big plays and wound up hauling in a diving, one-handed, 30-yarder from Browning while fending off Sidney Jones who was flagged for holding as well.
If the sophomore can be a productive target for the Huskies this fall, that would alleviate some of the pain many think they will have at wideout this coming season.
Lemnius' classmate, DE Will Dissly, was the big performer on defense, registering two "sacks" and basically being a complete menace to the offensive linemen he faced off against during the one-on-ones.
DB Trevor Walker, DB Kevin King, DB Jermaine Kelly, LB Keishawn Bierria, OL Coleman Shelton and WR John Ross were all non-participants in practice due to various injuries while LB Travis Feeney, DB Brandon Beaver and DB Brandon Lewis continued to wear the yellow (no contact) jerseys.
Also worth noting is that DB Naijiel Hale and RB Deontae Cooper were also missing from action and there is no update on when either might return.
OL Dexter Charles ran through some drills, but was not available for the 11-on-11 and one-on-ones.
Lastly, a couple of players sought the attention of trainers during practice including OL Devin Burleson and TE David Ajamu.
The Seating Chart
As Chris Petersen has said repeatedly, the Huskies do not and will not have a depth chart until the start of the season. With that in mind, here is a look at who played where at different points.
First Team OL: LT Jake Eldrenkamp, LG Dane Crane, C Siosifa Tufunga, RG Shane Brostek and RT Andrew Kirkland.
First Team DL: DE Will Dissly, DT/NT Vita Vea (Elijah Qualls) and DE Taniela Tupou.
Second Team OL: LT Matt James (Devin Burleson), LG John Turner, C Michael Kneip, RG Jesse Sosebee and RT Kaleb McGary.
First Team LBs: 'BUCK' Psalm Wooching, LILB Scott Lawyer, RILB Azeem Victor and WIL Cory Littleton.
First Team DBs: CB Sidney Jones, CB Darren Gardenhire, FS Brian Clay and SS Buddah Baker.
-- Baker continued to show his improved play, but instead of in coverage, he flashed several times against the run including one play that looked like RB Dwayne Washington had a lot of green in front of him. Baker came all the way from the other side of the field and tracked down the junior tailback to stop him for only a short gain.
-- Jones looks to have taken over the mantle of "shut down corner" from the likes of Marcus Peters and Desmond Trufant before him. The sophomore battled hard with Dante Pettis and Jaydon Mickens, knocking down several passes while playing a physical brand of coverage. Jones and Lenius also traded successes against each other.
-- Victor seems to be taking that next step. He's always around the ball and he reads things pretty well. As soon as the pads come on, I would expect him to make his presence felt that much more.
-- While McGary and Sosebee are probably the future on the right side for the Dawgs, they definitely showed their youth. On one play they sprung Jomon Dotson for a big gain off the right side, but two plays later they got a tongue-lashing from the offensive coaches for missing a blitz pickup and allowing Browning to be "sacked" by Kyler Manu.
-- Lewis had a solid day in coverage. It's the first extended work we've seen from the redshirt freshman who is now over two years removed from a devastating knee injury. He locked up the receivers on his side when he played opposite Jones and typically was right on his coverages most of the day.
The offensive and defensive linemen ended practice with one lineman catching a pass, two linemen blocking for him and two trying to tackle him. One of the more humorous reps came when Greg Gaines was about to score and he turned and gave the "Marshawn Lynch Falling Salute" into the endzone. Qualls and McGary both showed very nimble feet while Vea was a bit more plodding.
In attendance at practice today were 2015 signees Jusstis Warren and Benning Potoae as well as former Dawgs Damon Huard, Rick Redman, John Timu, Micah Hatchie, Jesse Callier and James Atoe.
Washington will take a break from spring ball tomorrow, instead turning their focus to the draft eligible players, especially Danny Shelton, Hau'oli Kikaha, Shaq Thompson and Peters, during Washington's Pro Day.
The Huskies will then take the field on Friday at 8:15 am, most likely in shells (shoulder pads and helmets), for their third spring football practice.
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