Spring Ball Day 14: News and Notes

Don’t call it a comeback, at least not yet. We’ll know for sure if the offense really took advantage of Wednesday’s good play during Saturday’s Spring Preview, but they did make some headway considering the defense won the day Monday.

Quarterback Competition, Day 14: All three quarterbacks looked much better on Wednesday compared to Monday. They all had their moments, and K.J. Carta-Samuels was the one that started out on top early in practice, but Jeff Lindquist and Jake Browning stood out at the end.

Lindquist led a drive where he finished it off with a 40-yard bomb to Marvin Hall. There seemed to be a mixup in the secondary, with Sidney Jones the closest to help. Overall, the junior has a nice command of the offense and what OC Jonathan Smith is asking him right now. We’ll see if that continues to evolve in the fall when they really get after it.

Browning had a nice controlled drive where he picked his spots and mixed up some runs to get the ball inside the 30. There, on fourth and short he found Max Richmond all the way to the 2. They weren’t able to punch it in, but the true freshman showed some poise and got away with a throw that wasn’t picked, turned around the next play and made a big play.

Browning also had a pass to Jaydon Mickens in the end zone that was perfectly defended by safety Budda Baker, but it just snuck over his fingers and into the outstretched arms of Mickens, who came down the ball and stepped just inside the goal line for six. It was a great defensive play that was trumped by an even better throw and catch.

That being said, Browning did have the one pick of the day that came courtesy of Baker, who baited the frosh into making a deep throw that he just didn’t have the arm strength to complete.
Players Making Plays: Besides the Budda pick, Bellevue walk-on Max Richmond made a couple really nice grabs on key plays to extend drives downfield. The 5-foot-9 receiver is slowly making a name for himself and just might factor into the receiver competition this fall.

Defensively, even though I don’t remember if he was actually credited for the turnover, cornerback Brandon Lewis literally ripped the ball right from Dante Pettis and sprinted back the other way.

And not to be overshadowed, but Cameron Van Winkle has been rock solid on his field goals the last couple practices. I don’t believe he’s had a miss this week.
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.

Deontae Cooper, who was in shells and shorts Monday, was in full pads Wednesday. Since this was his first full pads practice that we’ve seen, he didn’t get a ton of work but he still looks like the physical specimen he always has when he’s on the hoof. His lower body, if anything, looks bigger than it has in the past.
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, but not having Cory Fuavai at LG shifted things just a tad.

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 John Turner, C Michael Kneip, RG Jesse Sosebee and RT Kaleb McGary (Kirkland). Even though Kirkland was back again 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) 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:
- For the first time that I can remember, black helmets were used at a Washington spring practice. The defense wore the black helmets, while the offense stayed with the traditional gold hats.
- One of the real legends of the 1991 National Championship team, receiver Mario Bailey, was at practice Wednesday. Another one of the all-time greats, former UW safety Lawyer Milloy, was also there. He got his picture with Chris Petersen and you can see it HERE. It also sounds like one of the top sackmasters of all-time, Jason Chorak, was also here - but I couldn’t pick him out in the crowd.
- For the first time all camp that I can remember, didn’t see a recruit out at practice. There may have been, but no one that I noticed. - Cameron Van Winkle buried a 43-yard field goal at the end of the day so no one had to run gassers. The offense and defense did run a gasser apiece earlier in practice; Jeff Lindquist led the offense to the line while Budda Baker did the same for the defense.

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