Along with all of our Super Bowl coverage, Sunday's edition of the News Tribune includes this year's Western 100 recruiting package -- which, along with the Northwest Nuggets, is a recurring annual feature.
Our main story in this year's Western 100 coverage takes a look at the most important recruit of UW's 2015 class -- Folsom High School quarterback Jake Browning, who has already enrolled at UW and will participate in spring practices. Here's a preview:
In the second game of his varsity career, Folsom High School’s sophomore quarterback dropped back to pass, scanned the field and decided the shallow crossing route, four or five yards beyond the line of scrimmage, was not open.
He scanned some more, moved out of the pocket, and eventually threw the ball out of bounds.
This did not appear to be the correct decision. So when Jake Browning got to the sideline, his co-coach, Troy Taylor, the former California quarterback, wanted to know why Browning didn’t hit his No. 1 option in the progression. That was the shallow cross. Taylor thought it was open.
“He went into this really long description,” Taylor said. “He told me, ‘I thought the shallow cross was going to be open, but the umpire was in the way and I had to avoid him,’ and by the time he avoided him there was another defender waiting for him.”
Yeah, sure, kid.
“I knew what I saw on the sidelines,” Taylor said, “and I thought, ‘this kid’s full of crap.’”
Until later that night, when Taylor, as he always does, sat down to review the game film.
There was the shallow cross … and there was the umpire … and there was the defender.
“It was like when he was describing it,” Taylor said. “It was like he had a photographic memory. Every detail he explained was exactly how it occurred. I was kind of blown away, because it’s very, very hard to see the game that slowly.”
--- Here is the full Western 100 list, compiled by TNT staffers Todd Milles and T.J. Cotterill.
--- There is also a UW basketball game today. It begins at 12 p.m., and the Huskies play against California, if you're looking for something to watch before the Super Bowl.
There were two Pac-12 games yesterday ...
Washington State 89, Stanford 88 -- The Cougars nearly blew an eight-point lead in the final two minutes, but held on for an upset victory.
UCLA 72, Colorado 59 -- The Bruins cruised in this one.
Aside from UW-Cal, there is one other Pac-12 game today: Utah at USC, 11:30 a.m., ESPNU
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