What to look for in week two

A lot of work got done during Washington’s first week of spring football, but what should fans look forward to during week two? After this coming weekend we’ll be halfway through spring ball. What needs to be seen?


First, how much more work will Jake Browning get? Chris Petersen said Monday the junior-to-be will ramp things up, but will this coming week be the week? Or will it be the following week? And of the three backups, will one separate themselves from the pack as Browning’s backup? Right now it’s K.J. Carta-Samuels, but he’s not that far ahead of Tony Rodriguez and Daniel Bridge-Gadd.

Running Back

It’s been a bit of a mystery why Lavon Coleman has not practiced yet. Will he practice this week? Will Sean McGrew continue to ramp up his level of play and show that he’s ready to be a legitimate third option behind Coleman and Myles Gaskin? The light looks like it’s about to go on with Kamari Pleasant. Will this week be the week it does? 

Wide Receiver

Brayden Lenius and Ty Jones hit the ground running during week one, but seemed to slow down slightly as the week went on. Will they start week two like they did the first week? And Dante Pettis was the one receiver that was more than just chatty with his defensive counterparts last week. Who is going to be the next receiver in the lineup to follow Pettis’s lead? Could it be Quinten Pounds, who finished off week one on a strong note?

Tight End

The three upperclass tight ends - Drew Sample, Will Dissly and David Ajamu - have already established themselves in the spring pecking order, and they’ve shown themselves to be really, really strong at the line of scrimmage. But will they start becoming more of a presence down the field? Obviously some of that has to do with how practices are game-planned and various aspects emphasized, but that’s the next phase in this group’s development. 

Offensive Line

New Offensive Line Coach Scott Huff has a two-deeps that feels very locked in and established. But will Luke Wattenberg break through? The redshirt freshman-to-be is the one underclassman that Chris Strausser raved about, but so far through week one he hasn’t become a fixture in the two-deeps yet. Is this week the week the former U.S. Army All-American pushes for turns with the big boys? 

Defensive Line

With Greg Gaines out, who is going to be the man that steps up in the middle and pairs up with Vita Vea? Shane Bowman? Ricky McCoy? Jaylen Johnson? So far Johnson seems to be the choice, but the others are getting their turns. And will the younger players, like Levi Onwuzurike and walk-on Jared Pulu continue to get lots of work in and turn heads? 


The ones look fairly secure with Tevis Bartlett, Benning Potoa’e, Keishawn Bierria and Azeem Victor holding things down and looking really good doing it. But will the youngsters like Brandon Wellington and Camilo Eifler break through and beat out the old hands like Sean Constantine and Ben Burr-Kirven? And will Constantine take a strong first week and continue to show that he’s fully back and ready to roll? Outside, who will make moves? Justiss Warren and Bryce Sterk did that in week one, but can Amandre Williams and Myles Rice do the same in week two? 


Who is going to be that third cornerback? Through week one, it sure feels like Jordan Miller and Byron Murphy are the number one corners, but who will be the first off the bench? Kentrell Love? Walk-on Myles Bryant? Running back convert Jomon Dotson? And will Austin Joyner be let off the leash? It looks like he’s limited in team periods, but will this coming week be the week he joins the fray? And will Isaiah Gilchrist continue to ramp up his strong play in a move to safety? 

Special Teams

Will Van Soderberg factor into the punting mix at all? The way Joel Whitford and Race Porter performed last week, is he a man without a job right now? Or is he going to focus on kickoffs? And with John Ross now gone, who is going to take over as the main men returning kicks? Chico McClatcher has done it before, will he be asked to do it again? Or will Joyner go from leading Ross to taking the returns on his own? Or will a new player step up, like Murphy or McGrew? 

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