Huskies coach Chris Petersen met with reporters earlier today after the Huskies' 11th spring practice. Here's what he said.
(On spring practice overall) “A lot of progress. A lot of progress. At times it doesn’t look like it, because all it takes is one guy to not know what he’s doing and it looks like nobody knows what they’re doing, but we are making progress. Throwing a lot of schemes at them. It’s kind of the whole-part-whole method. So we introduce it all in spring and they try to clean it up a little bit in summertime, then we go back in fall and do the same thing again.”
(On Jake Browning going through offense installation) “It’s great when they’re here for spring, to get 15 real practices, plus all this meeting time. We’ve got a lot of guys like that. I think some of those linemen, offensive and defensive linemen that redshirted, they got it quickly in the fall, then you move onto scout teams so you don’t get it. It’s a whole different ballgame in the spring.”
(On how Browning is handling the amount of information being given to him) “I think he’s doing great. I think there’s some turnovers out there that will be eliminated down the road by all those guys. I think all those guys, Jake included, really understand what’s going on. Now it’s just a matter of being able to process things really, really fast.”
(Have you been encouraged by QBs performance in spring? Feel like you’ll go into fall with three good options?) “There’s no question. I think all those guys are making strides. I think Jeff’s (Lindquist) gotten better, without question, which is nice to see. I always say that the young guys, they’re going to progress pretty rapidly because the expectations are pretty low for them, just in terms of all the different things. So when they’re making really good throws and quick decisions, you’re excited. Jeff’s been here a while, so to see him make progress is really nice, as well.”
(Is accuracy the biggest emphasis for Lindquist?) “I think so, and I kind of say that with all of our QBs. When you throw those really, really catchable balls, it changes the game completely for the wideouts."
(On versatility on O-line: Is it difficult to teach them specifics when you don’t know where they’re going to play at this point?) “Well, we know where they’re going to play. You’d like guys to be able to play maybe a couple positions, but not when they’re that young. You’ve got to lock them into one position and teach them the basics there. And then down the road, you’d like to be able to move guys if you have to do that. But guys are still learning the one position and they’re making progress.”
(Any pleasant surprises this spring?) “I think that there’s a lot. I could go across the board — I think we’re encouraged by everybody. I don’t think there’s many guys out there (who) aren’t making progress. That’s what this whole thing’s about: Are we making progress. And like I said, the whole thing’s not going to change a whole lot in the fall in terms of what we give them. So they’re going to get this same thing again … and hopefully by the time we start in the fall, they’re mentally much sharper, and then we can build on it.”
(What are you main concerns right now?) “Just that we keep progressing, keep learning, keep progressing. In the spring, that’s all your thinking about — is each individual guy getting better?”
(Are you building toward anything on April 25 for the spring preview?) “We only got four left, so I think every practice hopefully in their mind really matters. This thing’s going to be over in the snap of a finger. You’d love to be able to have like four practices in the summertime, but we can’t have any practices with them, so these are really, really important practices.”
(Is the spring preview going to be much different than a standard practice?) “There will be some practice elements for sure and we’ll do a little bit of scrimmaging, but it’s going to be a little bit of both. Similar to last year.”
(When you watch the tape of the QB’s and the turnovers, what are you seeing?) “It’s usually decisions, poor decisions. Every now and again it might be trying to fit a ball in a window that might be a little bit tight. The one thing, I’ve seen some turnovers here that have been very blatant, blatantly wrong decisions. Those will get cleaned up. We have to make the defense earn their interceptions and things like that. We’ll get that done.”
(One that’s worse than the others?) “Really, really poor decisions are the ones that we have expectations that those will not be happening down the road. You’re going to throw interceptions; if you’re going the throw the ball a lot and fit balls in there, that’s going to be part of the game and you try and learn from it. But the blatantly wrong decisions we have to eliminate.”
(Light on numbers at WR, but good mix of players?) “I do. I think Brayden and Dante playing as freshmen last year, we’re going to see those guys take the next step in their game. We’ll have a bunch more guys in the fall. We’ll have to get them going and count on those guys. And we have to get them on the same page with the quarterbacks. Timing’s critical.”
(On Brayden Lenius, is the rest of his game catching up to his physical presence?) “He has tremendous size, and you can see his knowledge of the game when you start putting details with his game. That’s when everything starts to change.”
(Overall been pleased with the day-to-day progression of the QBs?) “Yes I really have. I think those guys are very into it. They are studying their tails off. I think there is improvements, and that’s all you can ask for. It’s a long process. This whole thing is a long process; it’s not spring. It’s not even fall camp. It’s not even one year. It’s can you keep at it, and if you do good things will happen.”