A handful of standouts from the Huskies' final practice of the spring ...
QB Jeff Lindquist (R-Jr., 6-3, 244) -- Along with his 237 yards passing and two touchdowns (he did throw an interception, too), Lindquist also led a long, impressive drive that ended with Ralph Kinne's 2-yard touchdown run during the final 11-on-11 period of the day. It's not hard to see why coach Chris Petersen and offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith seem fairly pleased with Lindquist's progression this spring. He looks a little more poised, a little more confident. And he's throwing the ball a little better as a result. This is still very much a three-player quarterback competition -- Jake Browning and K.J. Carta-Samuels improved throughout spring, too -- but I think I might give Lindquist a slight edge heading into fall camp.
CB Darren Gardenhire (Soph., 5-11, 181) -- It's been a pretty steady spring for the sophomore cornerback, who played mostly on special teams last season as a true freshman. But with so many defensive backs sidelined with injuries, Gardenhire has manned the cornerback position opposite Sidney Jones with the No. 1 defense for the entire spring. He made his ninth interception in 15 practices on Saturday, picking off a pass thrown by K.J. Carta-Samuels and returning it about 100 yards for a touchdown during a late 11-on-11 period. Jones seems established as the team's No. 1 corner, but once Kevin King and Jermaine Kelly return from injuries (and an incoming freshman like Austin Joyner arrives in the fall), the competition at the No. 2 corner spot should be interesting.
DL Will Dissly (Soph., 6-4, 275) -- Another guy who played sparingly as a freshman and should be a big contributor in 2015. Dissly seems likely to earn a starting spot on the defensive line, as he spent much of spring with the No. 1 defense and is pretty consistently praised by the coaching staff as one of the defense's most promising players. He showed some of that potential on Saturday, recording two sacks, three total tackles for loss and four total tackles. One of those sacks, of freshman QB Jake Browning, also forced a fumble that Dissly could have easily recovered and ran in for a touchdown (but the play was blown dead upon the sack). Have to think you'll hear Dissly's name a lot this season.
WR Jaydon Mickens (Sr., 5-11, 171) -- He caught four passes for 93 yards and a touchdown that required a pretty tough catch. It was a 37-yard pass from Lindquist, who dropped it just past a couple of defenders, including safety Jojo McIntosh racing over the top. Mickens did a good job of staying with it and landing in bounds (I think) for a score.
DL Jaylen Johnson (R-Fr., 6-2, 266) -- He was only credited with one sack, though I believe he had two, on consecutive plays. Johnson is an intriguing option on the defensive line. He spent some time with the No. 1 defense this spring and tied with the lead in total tackles on Saturday with five. Johnson might not win a starting job, but he seems developed enough to at least provide useful depth.
NOTABLE: Browning completed 11-of-18 passes for 59 yards and two interceptions. Carta-Samuels completed 11-of-12 for 123 yards and an interception. ... Linebackers Jake Wambaugh and Connor O'Brien also tied with Johnson for the high in tackles with five. ... A couple of walk-on receivers, Drew Before (4 catches, 42 yards) and Max Richmond (4 catches, 48 yards), had productive days.… Senior receiver Marvin Hall threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Darrell Daniels on a trick play. … Coach Chris Petersen said Cyler Miles’ situation is still “status quo,” meaning there’s no update regarding the fourth-year junior quarterback’s potential return to the team. Petersen declined to say whether Miles has expressed interest in playing football again.
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