With spring practice on a 17-day break — with six workouts down and nine to go — I figured I’d briefly review where each of the position groups appears to stand at this point.
I’ll start with quarterback:
DEPTH CHART (all class designations, heights and weights from official 2013 UW spring football roster):
Keith Price, 6-1, 202, Sr.
Cyler Miles, 6-4, 223, RFr.
Troy Williams, 6-2, 205, Fr. OR
Jeff Lindquist, 6-3, 234, RFr.
Derrick Brown, 6-2, 245 So.
The storyline heading into spring was of increased competition at quarterback after Price’s struggles in 2012 and with some of the younger players now in a better position to mount a legitimate challenge. So far, though, Price has appeared to do nothing but re-solidify his hold on the job.
He showed up to spring drills healthy and saying his legs felt stronger than a year ago thanks to an off-season conditioning program designed more to emphasize lower-body strength. The switch to more of an up-tempo, no-huddle offense also suits him well. Such an offense obviously accentuates the value of quick decision-making and poise, where Price — as a fifth-year senior with 25 starts under his belt — has an edge.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian called Price’s play “tremendous” after Saturday’s practice, and there is no evidence so far to suggest that Price won’t be Washington’s starter heading into the 2013 season.
As for the backups, I’ve listed an order, but it’s hardly written in stone.
Miles has appeared to get more consistent work behind Price, so I’ve listed him as the No. 2 for that reason. Williams, a Class of 2013 signee who is participating in spring, also earned a citation from Sarkisian after Saturday’s practice, when he appeared to get the most work he has this spring with the No. 2 unit. Sarkisian mentioned Miles and Williams when asked about the backup quarterbacks Saturday. Here, again, is what he said then:
“I thought Troy Williams had two really good practices here the last two practices for a true freshman from day one and then working his way up to practices five and six, I thought he was impressive. I thought Cyler has flashed at some times. But for all of them, like any young quarterback, is finding the consistency and doing things right consistently at a high level, and that’s where those guys get themselves in trouble, so that’s what we will continue to work on.’’
Lindquist has gotten his share of work with the No. 2 offense and the move to a scheme that will emphasize more running by the quarterback should help him.
Brown entered the spring as the presumptive backup after serving in that role last season, due in part to the fact that the Huskies wanted to redshirt Miles and Lindquist. But after getting a decent amount of work in early practices he did not get as much in the second week of spring.
The first portion of spring featured a heavy emphasis on installing the new offense. There figures to be more scrimmaging and game-like situations in the second session, practices in which the depth chart behind Price should become clearer.