Washington QB competition a work in progress


There hasn’t been much movement in the way of Washington’s quarterback competition. But as the Huskies head into Saturday’s spring game, Jeff Lindquist is carrying a bit of momentum.

Per Adam Jude of the Seattle Times, who was kind enough to give us status updates on all three of the quarterbacks, Lindquist had his strongest practice of the spring on Wednesday, hooking up a couple of times for touchdowns with Marvin Hall and again with Max Richmond.

Redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels also had a strong practice, leading the No. 2 offense to a touchdown drive over the first-team offense.

Per Jude, freshman Jake Browning has tossed the most picks this spring. Jude described one of his interceptions on Wednesday by way of Budda Baker after being flushed from the pocket.

…he threw off-balance running left, trying to make a play on third-and-long. It wasn’t an egregious error, but a play he’ll have to realize he can’t make against most Pac-12 defensive backs. It’s part of the learning curve for a young QB.

So what’s the takeaway? Not much, yet. All three are expected to split reps evenly in the spring game. The hope is that at least two guys will be able to separate themselves from the trio so Chris Petersen has a pecking order in mind when the team returns for fall ball.

Lindquist is the only one of the three with game experience, completing 10 of 30 passes last year for 162 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed 16 times for 63 yards and a couple of scores.

In case any Washington fans have forgotten (and I’m sure you haven’t), the Huskies open the 2015 season with a trip to Petersen’s old stomping grounds … Boise State. You might recall a couple of months ago I called this the most intriguing nonconference game in the Pac-12. And I haven’t changed my mind since.

The link also has a trio of interviews from Jaydon Mickens, Dane Crane and Brayden Lenius, as well as some other notes. And here's a photo gallery of the practice.

On the other side of the ball, the Huskies are experiencing a bit of a talent drain (see the 2015 NFL draft) so this tweet from Petersen Wednesday seemed apt.