Quarterback Competition, Day 15: The three quarterbacks all got work in with the first and second teams, but it was K.J. Carta-Samuels who appeared to have the better day although the other two also had their moments to shine.
Carta-Samuels looked much more in-control than we had seen the previous couple of weeks and afterwards, Chris Petersen said that Carta-Samuels was essentially a new quarterback heading into the spring since he basically ran the scout team after the start of the season.
The redshirt freshman quarterback made some nice throws and drove the Huskies all the way down to the six yard line in full contact work, but he too made a mistake, underthrowing a pass to TE David Ajamu that was intercepted by Darren Gardenhire.
Junior Jeff Lindquist was picked off once and freshman Jake Browning was intercepted twice on the day as well.
Lindquist did have the longest pass of the day, this one going to WR Dante Pettis who grabbed the ball at the forty and raced untouched to the endzone.
Overall, while Carta-Samuels looked the best of the trio on Saturday, this competition is wide-open heading into the summer.
Lindquist has looked the best of the three most of the time with Browning also showing flashes of potential that bode well for the future.
Petersen has maintained that it won't be until halfway through fall camp before he names a starter and that seems prescient considering where things stand with the conclusion of spring practices.
Players Making Plays: The play of the day and likely the play of the spring was turned in when Ajamu skied to haul in a one-handed reception of an over-thrown pass by Browning.
The reception elicited cheers from the estimated 2,500 or so fans in the stands.
Not to be outdone, Pettis also reached back to grab a one-hander, also thrown by Browning, on a short crossing route and he too garnered "oohs and ahs" from the crowd on hand.
Besides the pick by Gardenhire, Sidney Jones and Jojo McIntosh both had interceptions with Jones' being returned for a touchdown.
DE Will Dissly was almost impossible to stop on the pass rush, getting constant pressure on the quarterback, no matter who they put in front of him.
The running game was featured much more with live tackling during several sessions.
RB Jomon Dotson had a solid afternoon, showing good burst and quick feet.
Not to be overshadowed, Dwayne Washington also had a couple of nice runs as well and walk-ons Ralph Kinne and Gavin McDaniel both gained some tough yards with Kinne taking it in from three yards out while breaking several tackles en route to the endzone.
LB Sean Constantine had the fourth interception when he blanketed Ajamu down the seem. When Lindquist tried to deliver the ball, Constantine just reached out and grabbed the ball before being tackled.
DT Elijah Qualls showed a lot of energy on the day, working his way through competition drills and firing up his defensive teammates.
Injury Woes: The Huskies concluded spring with a few casualties, but none have been reported to be long-term issues.
OL Corey Fuavai missed the first couple days of this week and was in street clothes on the sidelines on Saturday and he was joined by OT Coleman Shelton who had missed the entire spring after undergoing offseason surgery and OL Dexter Charles who was limited for most of the spring.
Other players who were non-participants include DB Trevor Walker, DB Kevin King, DB Jermaine Kelly, LB Keishawn Bierria, WR John Ross and DT Vita Vea.
The Seating Chart: There weren't many changes to the seating chart that Chris Fetters posted during the week.
First Team OL: LT Jake Eldrenkamp, LG Dane Crane, C Siosifa Tufunga, RG Shane Brostek. Matt James and Andrew Kirkland both rotated in at right tackle.
Second Team OL: LT Devin Burleson, LG John Turner, C Michael Kneip, RG Jesse Sosebee and RT Kaleb McGary
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 Jojo McIntosh and Ezekiel Turner at safety.
Worth Noting: There were a number of former players on hand including Jake Locker, Jermaine Kearse, Mason Foster, Donald Butler, Shaq Thompson and Kasen Williams.
2015 signees in the house including Benning Potoae, Henry Roberts, Trey Adams and Jared Hilbers.
Two recruits we saw on hand were 2016 Highland (Pocatello, Id.) DL Wayne Kirby and Sumner (Wa.) ATH Connor Wedington.
The Husky coaches will hit the road full force this coming week as they begin the spring evaluation period.
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