While the stars played sparingly, several backups took advantage of the increased snaps at Washington’s Spring Game today at Memorial Stadium.
Statistically freshman quarterback Cyler Miles had a nice performance. He connected on 8 of 11 passes for 74 yards, including three touchdown passes. He led five drives.
Starting at the opponents’ 25, Miles led UW to a pair of scoring drives. He connected with receiver Kevin Smith on an 8-yard hookup and found Antavius Sims in the end zone on a 14-yard TD pass. Miles also capped his day with another touchdown during an overtime drill. Starting at the 25, he led UW on a three-play score that culminated with a 21-yard TD pass to DiAndre Campbell.
However, he also appeared slow on his reads, misfired on what seemed to be easy passes, missed open targets and fumbled, which led to Josh Shirley’s recovery and 60-yard return.
Still, Miles may have won the backup quarterback job today because he looked more comfortable in front of 7,000 fans than Jeff Lindquist or Troy Williams.
It was just a miserable day for Lindquist who was 0-for-5 passing during five possessions. He fumbled a snap, but recovered the loose ball.
Williams was a little better connecting on 2-of-5 passes. His best play finished the game. Williams eluded a heavy rush, scrambled to his left and drilled a 23-yard pass in traffic to Sims in the endzone.
Keith Price was 5 of 14 for 56 yards, including a 13-yard TD pass. The offensive line gave him ample time to throw and scramble away from pressure.
Price had his best play during the second scrimmage. On first and 10 at their 25, he threw a long pass to Kasen Williams along the right sideline for a 30-yard gain. It was Williams’ only grab.
Price misfired on a few passes, but he also had two receivers (Smith and Campbell) drop passes that would have been first-down grabs.
Kendyl Taylor led all rushers with 38 yards on 12 carries, however, Dwayne Washington was equally impressive. He ran times for 32 yards.
Shirley was credited with the only sack. He also had the long return on a fumble. Defensive end Conner Creee, who had a fumble recover, and safety Sean Parker made a big stops on fourth-and-1 plays. Cornerback Trevor Walker also forced a fumble after a big hit on Sims.
There were few players who stood out, but it was a solid day for the defense as a unit. During one stretch, the defense kept the offense out of the end zone for seven consecutive series.
Kickers Travis Coons and Cameron Van Winkle were 5 for 6 on field goals. They connected from 25, 30 left hash, 30 right hash, 40 and 45. They missed on a 45-yarder.