We’re here in the press box at Husky Stadium on a dreary afternoon for UW’s spring game/final practice, and we’ll keep this post updated with notes, observations and pictures throughout the afternoon.
UPDATE, 3:34 p.m.: Just arrived back up in the press box after interviews. I’ll post those separately, along with some stats.
UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: A fourth straight touchdown pass by Lindquist, this to John Ross on the first drive of a full 11-on-11 scrimmage. A 29-yard slant to cap an eight-play, 68-yard drive. Impressive.
The Williams-led offense, with the second-string line, doesn’t get much of anything going on its first two drives. LB Kieshawn Bierria had a nice tackle for loss on Williams’ bubble-screen pass to DiAndre Campbell on third-and-10. Hau’oli Kikaha is abusing the second-string offensive line. He has three sacks of Williams already.
Williams, on fourth-and-11 of his third series of the scrimmage, shows off his arm on a deep pass for Mickens. Goes off Mickens’ fingers. Probably should’ve been caught.
Lindquist came back for one more drive in this period, with the No. 3 O-line, but his deep pass for Ross into the end zone was tipped and intercepted by walk-on Nick Zelle. Ross was open, but Lindquist under threw him a bit. First turnover of the day in the scrimmage.
Joe Mathis adds a sack of Williams.
Redshirt freshman Lavon Coleman caps his productive spring with a nifty 52-yard touchdown run, after bumping into Williams in backfield, then cutting right and winding his way back to the left and toward the end zone.
UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: In an 11-on-11 red-zone drill, the Williams-led offense failed to score on its two possessions, with Van Winkle missing badly on a 35-yard attempt. On his first snap, Lindquist completed a pass to Jaydon Mickens, who made a move around S Thomas Vincent to score the day’s first touchdown. That was the first of three consecutive touchdown throws by Lindquist, who completed a 15-yard TD pass to TE Darrell Daniels on fourth down and, on the next drive, a 7-yard TD pass to WR Marvin Hall on third down. On his last throw, Lindquist made a nice play to avoid a rush, scrambled to his left and threw off-balance to find Hall in the front of the end zone.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: RB Deontae Cooper took the first handoff in the first 11-on-11 team period (two-minute offense) and gained about 12 yards. QB Jeff Lindquist opened with the first-string offense and completed his first pass, to TE Joshua Perkins, for a 5-yard gain. Lindquist’s 20-yard pass to WR John Ross was negated by penalty. Two plays later, on third down, Shaq Thompson nearly had an interception of Lindquist. The drive ended when Lindquist completed a check down to RB Lavon Coleman, but that only gained about 8 yards on fourth-and-10.
On the Troy Williams-led drive, Williams completed his first pass, for 6 yards, to DiAndre Campbell. After a short pass to Lavon Coleman, Williams connected with David Garlington for 9 yards. Coleman converted a third-and-1 with a 5-yard rush. Hau’oli Kikaha and Andrew Hudson then combined for a touch sack of Williams. After a timeout with 20 seconds left, Williams connected with Darrell Daniels for 10 yards. After scrambling, Williams lofted a third-down pass toward the sideline for Daniels. It fell incomplete, but the defense was called for pass interference. That pushed the ball to the defense’s 20-yard line, setting up a Cameron Van Winkle 37-yard field goal as time expired.
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: The siren blares briefly as Cameron Van Winkle converts a point-after kick. Mitch Johnson follows with a successful PAT. Van Winkle then coverts from 30 yards, Johnson from 35, Van Winkle from 37, Johnson from 37, Van Winkle from 34. The only miss was the last attempt: Johnson from 34. Jaydon Mickens continues to work as the backup holder.
UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Redshirt freshman CB Jermaine Kelly had a pick six of Lindquist in a WR-vs.-DB passing drill. Travell Dixon followed a few plays later with a nice breakup of a deep Troy Williams pass.
UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: In a modified kickoff return, John Ross broke into the open field at the 50-yard line before the play was whistled dead. He must be tired already. Jaydon Mickens then broke free on the next kick.
UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: John Ross, who started 10 yards back, just smoked five students/fans in a 50-yard race. Then, in an on-field interview, Ross says “yes” he is the fastest guy on the team.
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: There will be a “Race Ross” competition soon, according to the Pac-12 Networks broadcast. That ought to be fun.
UPDATE, 1:02 p.m.: The legendary Bob Condotta is here in the press box for his 18th consecutive UW spring game. That’s an impressive streak. He says this is the worst weather he can remember for a spring game. I see about 75 people in the stands (with several dozen more standing under cover in the concourses.)
UPDATE, 1 p.m.: For what it’s worth, Troy Williams is taking the first snaps with the first-string offensive line.
The public-address announcer says that the “final practice” today will feature “a team stretching period, drills, a practice session, a scrimmage and more.”
The Huskies were signing autographs and greeting fans during the fan fest on the east field earlier, but everyone has scattered now. The first couple players were out on the stadium field for warmups a few minutes ago, wearing black jerseys, black pants and gold helmets. They looked like the old uniforms. A few offensive linemen are out for warmups now, too, and they’re in white. So it appears that the offense will be in white and the defense in black.
In addition to the two quarterbacks, the usual guys are in yellow (no-contact) jerseys: LB Cory Littleton, S Brandon Beaver, S Kevin King, LB Scott Lawyer (so far). WR Kasen Williams, LT Micah Hatchie and LG Dexter Charles are wearing jerseys but no pads, of course, as they continue to recover from injuries.
Bummer: Shaq Thompson is in a yellow jersey, too (No. 5). Would seem to indicate he’ll be limited again today.
The Husky Band is set up in the west end zone, but the stands are almost completely empty at the moment.
Redshirt freshman QB Troy Williams will be available for interviews after the spring game today. First time he’s been available.
It sounds like some scrimmage periods will be sprinkled throughout the ‘game,’ with the bulk of the scrimmage coming at the end, starting around 2:15 p.m.
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