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May 13, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Spring camp wrapups, final stop: Washington

Today, we conclude our tour of Pac-12 spring football camps with Washington.

Starters returning: 14 (7 each way).

Refresher on 2013: Huskies broke to a 4-0 record, opening their refurbished stadium with a resounding win against Boise State. But a narrow 31-28 loss at Stanford early in October seemed to be a season-turner, leading to a three-game losing streak. Washington stopped that, but lost at UCLA, then finished a 9-4 year with wins over Oregon State, Washington State, and BYU, the last one in the Fight Hunger Bowl with interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo at the helm. Shortly after the season ended, fifth-year coach Steve Sarkisian left for USC.

Coaching changes: Chris Petersen arrived from a long and illustrious tenure at Boise State, bringing with him offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith and defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski. Petersen retained only tight ends coach Jordan Paopao from Sarkisian’s full-time staff.

Spring concerns: Adjusting to Petersen’s ways, sorting out a muddled QB picture, finding reinforcements for departed second-round NFL draft picks Bishop Sankey at RB and Austin Seferian-Jenkins at TE.

Developments: Petersen told he made changes to “every single thing” about the way the Huskies conduct themselves, generally preaching accountability . . . among his touches were players instructed to learning background, including family details, of those they locker next to . . . Petersen called QB battle between Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams inconclusive . . . Cyler Miles, the presumed starter after last season, sat out after he was suspended during a police investigation of assault charges . . . Miles wasn’t charged, but WR Demore’ea Stringfellow, also suspended, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of assault and malicious mischief and was sentenced to five days on a work crew . . . neither has been reinstated . . . with OL Micah Hatchie and Dexter Charles sitting out rehabbing injuries, that first unit usually consisted of LT Jake Eldrenkamp, LG Siosifa Tufunga, C Mike Criste, RG James Atoe and RT Ben Riva . . . WR Kasen Williams missed the spring recovering from lower-leg and ligament damage from last fall, but should be ready for the season . . . Darrell Daniels, who moved from receiver to tight end last season, had a strong spring . . . at RB, Deontae Cooper looked good while RS freshman Lavon Coleman (6-0, 215) showed well . . . fleet WR John Ross moved from inside to outside at the position and also saw snaps at CB . . . DL Hau’oli Kikaha, who had 13 sacks in ’13 and was an All-Pac-12 academic pick, was in French Polynesia in a study-abroad program from January to March . . . Kikaha, Danny Shelton, Josh Shirley and Evan Hudson should form a strong DL . . . LB John Timu missed the first two weeks of the session under suspension after selling a couple of stolen parking passes to two teammates . . . LB Shaq Thompson impressed in carries at RB, gaining 106 yards on three carries in one scrimmage, including a 74-yard scoring run . . . RS frosh CB Jermaine Kelly made a push . . . freshman DB Patrick Enewally was booted for punching a teammate in the face off the field, a team source said . . . Times beat writer Adam Jude, citing six players who helped their cause, named Coleman, Daniels, Kelly, S Brandon Beaver, Tufunga and DT Taniela Tupou . . . Huskies will try to cut penalties; they had 36 more than opponents in 2013 . . . UW must replace Travis Coons, who both punted and placekicked . . . PK Cameron Van Winkle looked good in a return from back surgery.

Spring game: In what was actually a situational scrimmage in poor weather, Lindquist was 11 of 15 for 134 yards against mostly reserves, while Williams was 11 of 18 against primarily the starting defense.

Quotable: Petersen, on the quarterback picture – “We’re still kind of wide-open on this deal. It could change depending on Cyler’s situation.”

2014 schedule: Against an opening four of Hawaii, Eastern Washington, Illinois and Georgia State, UW should be 4-0 again. Then comes Stanford at Husky Stadium, and two weeks later, a game at Oregon. Tougher league games are at home, some easier ones on the road, usually a good recipe to succeed.



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