Being one of the few people in the world that actually likes rain, the Washington Husky Spring Game was a beautiful site to my eyes.
Actor Jim Caviezel, and Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon, both Washington grads were there to enjoy the sights as well.
The Huskies lost Head Coach Steve Sarkisian to USC, but then they managed to grab Chris Petersen from Boise State. Petersen was mentioned with pretty much every head coaching vacancy across the country and rightfully so with his rather impressive 92-12 record at Boise. Maybe he was holding out for the Washington job.
Sarkisian did a great job at Washington and hardly left the program without talent. However, Petersen does need to find a new QB, and replace a very impressive Running Back, plus probably the best Tight End in the nation.
Only 2 QBs played in the Spring Game. Jeff Lindquist (6-3,240) a little used sophomore and Troy Williams (6-2,200) a redshirt freshman. Both are talented young guys and the battle may continue into the Fall, but Lindquist looked like the clear front runner right now. Both have really strong arms and are mobile. Williams is a lot quicker, but Lindquist looks to have more control over the offense at this point.
If the season started now, Lindquist would start, but there is more time for Williams to step up and do I need to remind that the last 2 Heisman winners were also redshirt freshmen?
There’s no immediate replacement for Bishop Sankey and his 1870 yards rushing in 2013. But, they have a few talented guys on campus.
Dwayne Washington rushed for 332 yards at 7.1 yards a carry and Deontae Cooper had 270 yards at 6.3 yards a carry. Jesse Callier had another 213 yards and Ryan McDaniel had 47.
None of these guys had much action in the Spring Game, and it may be the old fashioned Running Back by committee system in 2014.
The Huskies used a few TEs in this game. Joshua Perkins would appear to be the leader and had 5 catches in 2013. But, Derrick Brown and Darrell Daniels will probably play a lot and they both did in this scrimmage. Petersen likes the Tight End in his offense. I like that in a coach.
Outstanding WR Jaydon Mickens is back after 65 catches a year ago and he looked good.
One thing you can nearly always count on is that the Washington Huskies will have a good Offensive Line and this year’s team is deep and talented. Second unit did have problems with the 1st team defense but everyone struggled with some of those guys last year.
Right Guard, James Atoe, is just an absolute beast of a man at 6-7,375.
I believe Hau’oli Kikaha might be unblockable and you had better bring a couple of sidekicks if you want to take on Elijah Qualls. He’s a beast. Danny Shelton is a bad one at tackle, too. He might be All Conference or more this season.
Travis Feeney and Keishawn Bierria looked great at LB.
Coaches are doing more and more to try and get students involved with the Spring Games. Peterson had the students vs the Linemen catching punts. Best moment of the game may have been 375 pound James Atoe trying to field a punt. He dropped it, but the ball was wet and he is one big, big man.
I didn’t have much hope for the Huskies going in to this Spring Game. Too many losses on offense and losing a coach that brought a program back from the bottom can be hard to overcome. Time will tell, but expect Washington to be a factor in the Pac 12 North next season.
When I started my blog, I didn’t have good feelings about Petersen and the Huskies. But, I may have changed my mind a little bit. They do deserve some top 25 mention and could be pretty good.