Spring Ball Day 13 News and Notes

“Effort is the price of admission.” Those words, spoken by sophomore defensive tackle Elijah Qualls, could easily sum up Washington’s thirteenth spring practice, a shells and shorts affair held under glorious Monday morning skies at Husky Stadium. There was energy, there was chatter, and there were some plays made on both sides of the ball.

Quarterback Competition, Day 13: Again, Jeff Lindquist came through Monday unscathed in the turnover department, but he was joined this time by KJ Carta-Samuels. Jake Browning was credited with two interceptions, one off a tip that was gobbled up by Brandon Lewis and one on perfect coverage by Budda Baker on a pass intended for Marvin Hall in the end zone.

Carta-Samuels had probably his best practice of spring, especially during the team period when the ‘bullets were flying’. He moved the offense well, picked his spots, and augmented the passing game with some runs and scrambles of his own.

Browning, despite the two picks, continues to grow into the position and he continues to throw downfield without an ounce of fear.
Players Making Plays:
Baker had the defensive play of the day with the pick of Browning. Budda had Hall covered perfectly, right on his hip. And when the ball came, he reached out, snagged it with both hands and came crashing down to the turf. All the defensive backs ran to him, congratulating him on the play.

Offensively, Browning had a couple nice throws downfield, both to walk-on WR Drew Before. He also had a very nice completion down field for a long-gainer to Hall right before he threw the pick to Budda. Using Jeff Choate’s word for it, Browning is no doubt a ‘splash’ player. He’s going to wow you with some of the throws he makes. But until he eliminates the turnovers, it’s a wash at best.

Injury Woes: DB Trevor Walker, DB Kevin King, DB Jermaine Kelly, LB Keishawn Bierria, WR John Ross, OL Coleman Shelton, OL Dexter Charles and DT Vita Vea were all non-participants in practice due to various injuries. LB Travis Feeney, DB Brandon Beaver and DB Brandon Lewis and TE Drew Sample continue to don the non-contact yellow jerseys.

Psalm Wooching, Andrew Kirkland, and Devin Burleson were back at it Wednesday, with Wooching letting us know that this was the first practice of the spring where he felt 100 percent and ready to go from a health standpoint.

Back from dealing with a personal matter, Deontae Cooper, who was in shorts and jersey last Wednesday, was done with any acclimatization he had to do and would fully expect him to be in full pads the next time the team practices that way (which could be the spring event on Saturday).
The Seating Chart:
Again, not too much new here compared to what Scott laid out during the first week of camp. Mostly it’s because they simply don’t have a ton of bodies to rotate, and they’ve been fortunate to not lose more players during practices. The return of Burleson at LT certainly helped.

First Team OL: LT Jake Eldrenkamp, LG Dane Crane, C Siosifa Tufunga, RG Shane Brostek and RT Matt James, who moved up with Kirkland out.

Second Team OL: LT Devin Burleson, LG Cory Fuavai, C Michael Kneip, RG Jesse Sosebee and RT Kaleb McGary (Kirkland). Even though Kirkland was back in a limited way, McGary still appeared to get the majority of reps at right tackle.

First Team DL: Jaylen Johnson continued to get work with the ones alongside Taniela Tupou, Elijah Qualls and Joe Mathis at the hybrid BUCK. DE Will Dissly (Jarett Finau), DT/NT Vita Vea and DT Damion Turpin also worked their way in, as well as Greg Gaines at nose.

First Team LBs: 'BUCK' Joe Mathis, LILB Scott Lawyer, RILB Azeem Victor and WIL Cory Littleton.

First Team DBs: CB Sidney Jones, CB Darren Gardenhire, FS Brian Clay and SS Budda Baker. Hale continues to work with the twos, as is McIntosh and Ezekiel Turner at safety.
Worth Mentioning:
— It appeared, even with Seattle at its beautiful best, there were only a handful of recruits on campus Monday. One we were able to confirm was Justin Herbert, the 6-foot-5 quarterback prospect from Sheldon High School in Eugene. It’s the second time Herbert has visited Montlake in the past month, as he also came up in mid-March. Scott Eklund caught up with him after that visit and you can read it HERE. And for those looking for junior highlights, you can find them HERE.

- There wasn’t much going on with the kickers today, but Cameron Van Winkle and Tristan Vizcaino both made the one attempt from 33 yards they were asked to kick.

- There was more emphasis today on punting, with Korey Durkee showing off his leg on many occasions. It was more about punt cover, making sure the returners - Dante Pettis and Budda Baker - were making the right reads, making the right calls to the return blockers, etc. Choate had Durkee move up closer and closer to the end zone to see how close Durkee could ‘coffin kick’ the ball inside the 10. He was able to do it a couple of times.

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