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August 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith ‘getting closer’ to a decision on Huskies’ quarterback

Quarterback Cyler Miles warms up before Saturday's scrimmage at Husky Stadium. (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)

Quarterback Cyler Miles warms up before Saturday’s scrimmage at Husky Stadium. (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)

Quotes form Washington offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith after Saturday’s scrimmage:

(seemed liked a better day for the offense, right?) “It’s still a process. There’s some things we’re OK with and there’s some things we need to clean up. But it’s part of the situation we’re working through, and our guys are working hard. We’ve still got a way to go.

(Anything in particular jump out at you?) “We still would like to score some more touchdowns in the red zone. I think we got chances down there and didn’t get things done. We’ve got to grow in that area for sure. I think we’re getting closer to figuring out who — not just the quarterback, but everyone on the depth chart. More guys getting more reps and (finding) that comfort level. Big push to that in the next week or so. That’s kind of where we’re headed.”

(on WR Dante Pettis) “He had a nice catch and run after the catch, which I think he’s got a chance to do. He’s been working hard on the offense. It takes him a minute to kind of grasp as a freshman, and now that he’s doing that you can see his comfort level is up there and he’s able to produce.”

(Anything over the next two weeks these QBs can do to separate themselves?) “I think it’s just the daily approach. I don’t know if it’s any specifics. We’re still going through that process. If their approach stays the same like they’ve been doing, that’s fine, with our effort level.”

(What’s your feeling now with the quarterbacks compared to two weeks ago? Do you feel better?) “Yeah, I think we feel better. I think we know ’em better. I think they know us better and they know the system better. So it’s just a comfort there. We know, in regards to all of them, how competitive they are, because they’ve really been working at it. Which is a good thing. And then we’ve got to keep hashing things out. We said it was going to be a day-to-day approach with multiple days, and we’re getting to that point. We haven’t set a timetable, but we’re getting closer.”

(Does this feel like a difficult decision in that regard?) “Yeah, I think these guys have made it difficult. Again, each of them bring some different pieces to the puzzle; they’ve got some different skillsets. We’ve got to get it right, so we’ve put in a lot of energy and time into it. And we’ll get it right.”

(Are there one or two factors it will come down to?) “I don’t know about one or two, but definitely guys that move the football and eliminate the negative plays — or at least try to avoid them. And then who can be accurate and be a good decision-maker.”

(Have you learned anything about them over the last couple weeks?) “Yeah, each guy you get to know him better.  … I think we’ve kind of figured out of their strengths and some things we’d maybe shy away from in the game and the situations we put them into.”

(What are some of Lindquist’s strengths?) “I think understanding the concepts on offense has been pretty impressive. He’s really worked hard at it, diving into the playbook and things. I think his demeanor and his approach on the field is really good. He’s positive — a positive outlook every time he walks out there. Great energy at practice, and over time you come to appreciate that.”

(What about the other two guys?) “They continue to come along. Troy continues to be able to do some things and his throwing ability. Obviously with Cyler, we know the situation with the first game. He’s been taking a good approach and understanding where that takes him. He got some chances out there and he actually did some nice things. I actually thought he made some tight throws on fourth down.”



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