A few more quick notes, observations and stats:
Jeff Lindquist‘s four touchdown passes — three during red-zone work — certainly grabbed the attention during UW’s modified spring game, played in a steady rain and before a sparse crowd this afternoon at Husky Stadium.
I had Lindquist completing 11 of his 15 attempts for 134 yards, with those four TDs and one interception. Official stats were not kept. Lindquist was playing mostly with the first-string offensive line and against the backup defense.
“I think today was really a fun day for us to cap off our spring period with a performance like this,” Lindquist said. “Obviously, there were things we can clean up, but it was a fun way to end it.”
Troy Williams wasn’t bad, either. I had him completing 11 of 18 attempts for 38 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He was also sacked four times, three by the mad man Hau’oli Kikaha. (Williams was mostly playing with the second- and third-string offensive line and against the No. 1 defense.)
Williams led the offense to only one scoring drive, on the day’s last possession, when Lavon Coleman burst 47 yards for a very nice touchdown run. Williams was, however, playing mostly with the backup offense during the team scrimmage periods (a two-minute offense, red zone and five live team periods). Williams showed a nice touch on a couple longer passes, including one deep pass down the middle of the field that went off Jaydon Mickens‘ fingertips.
“It was very frustrating, but that comes with the timing,” Mickens sad. “With Keith (Price), back in my freshman year, it was the same thing. He was overthrowing me, underthrowing me. But this offseason, we’ll get the timing right for sure.”
The Huskies had just three running backs available today: Deontae Cooper, Lavon Coleman and walk-on Ralph Kinne.
I had Cooper with nine carries for 68 yards. One run near midfield stood out for me: As Cooper rushed to his right, he waited patiently for the blocks to develop, then made a sharp cut to his left and gained about 10 yards.
“I expected a lot of work,” Cooper said, “and I’m happy with what I did today.”
“I think days like today are really good for him to get out there and play football and be live and work through it and realize hey, his knee’s good. He can go,” Chris Petersen said. “And he’ll get there. Another few months of training, back in August, he’ll get there. And really I think you’re right, I think as much as anything it’s psychologically just cutting it loose.”
Coleman, the redshirt freshman, had 18 carries for 99 yards, including a sweet 47-yard touchdown run on the final play from scrimmage during the scrimmage. Coleman bumped into Williams on the handoff, bounced toward the right sideline, then weaved all the way back to the left and into the end zone.
Finally, I had Kinne with seven carries for 38 yards. Again, unofficial.
Also of note: Shaq Thompson, nursing an apparent minor injury, broke up a Lindquist pass early in the scrimmage, but didn’t do much after that, and he didn’t get any carries on offense.