Chris Petersen’s update Monday regarding the health of starting quarterback Jake Browning was predictably vague.
Browning, Petersen said, is “day-to-day, like all of the guys in our program, unless they’ve got a long-term thing.”
So, Browning’s injured right shoulder is apparently not “a long-term thing” at this point. But it’s still not entirely clear if the true freshman will be able to play when the Washington Huskies visit No. 10 Stanford for a 7:30 p.m. game Saturday night.
Late in UW’s 26-20 loss to Oregon, Browning was tackled hard into the turf by a Ducks defender, though the sack was nullified by a hands-to-the-face penalty against Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner.
Browning stayed in the game, and after the Huskies ran the ball twice, he threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jaydon Mickens. But when the Huskies took the field for their final possession with 1 minute, 11 seconds left on the game clock, redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels was at quarterback, and Browning was still on the sidelines. He appeared to be in pain as a trainer tried to stretch his shoulder.
Petersen said he thinks he’ll know more about Browning’s potential availability on Tuesday. But he wouldn’t commit to Carta-Samuels as the starter if Browning can’t play, leaving open the possibility that fourth-year junior Jeff Lindquist might have a chance to start, too.
Lindquist started UW’s 2014 season opener at Hawaii, but has otherwise played sparingly. Carta-Samuels has attempted only three passes this season, the most recent of which was intercepted by Oregon defensive back Ugo Amadi to seal Saturday’s loss.
“I think we’re still kind of looking at that and figuring that out,” Petersen said. “K.J’s kind of been taking some of the 2-reps, but Jeff’s certainly in there, and I think if it comes to that — we’ll kind of find out (Tuesday) exactly where we are — they’re both going to get some pretty healthy reps, I think, if Jake wasn’t going.”
Regardless of who plays quarterback, the Huskies want to get more out of their passing game. In three conference games, they’ve averaged just 5.6 yards per pass attempt — ahead of only Oregon State — and have thrown only two touchdown passes.
“We’re trying to stay balanced and we can’t put it all on our quarterback, can’t put it all on our o-line to pass-protect him and those things,” Petersen said. “So we’ve got to pick and choose our spots, and when we get a chance to strike downfield we’ve got to be able to make a play or two. So we’ll just keep tweaking and analyzing.”
Washington received an oral commitment Monday from 2016 quarterback prospect Daniel Bridge-Gadd, a 6-foot-1, 201-pound senior at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix.
Bridge-Gadd is rated as a 2-star prospect by Scout.com and a 3-star prospect by Rivals. He took his official visit to UW this past weekend and attended the Oregon game. He is the 13th known player to commit to the Huskies in the 2016 class.
ANOTHER LATE KICK
Washington’s Oct. 31 game against Arizona at Husky Stadium is scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff and will air on FOX Sports 1, the Pac-12 announced Monday.
That makes four consecutive start times of 6 p.m. or later for the Huskies — and three consecutive start times of 7:30 p.m. or later.
Freshman receiver Quinten Pounds, who appeared in three of UW’s first four games, is out for the season because of a knee injury he sustained in practice recently, Petersen said. … Petersen said that if he had it to do over again, he’d have increased the pace of Washington’s final touchdown drive in the fourth quarter against Oregon. The Huskies used 5:22 of game time to complete a 71-yard touchdown drive, and let the play clock tick below 20 seconds with the game clock running on nine different plays. When they finally scored, only 3:35 remained. “Maybe looking back, we take off some shifts and motions to go a little bit quicker in terms of what we can do as coaches to maybe help that along and save a little bit of time,” Petersen said. “But we were conscious of let’s make sure we have our best stuff to get a touchdown here. Or it’s not going to matter what happens after that.” … As for the timeout the Huskies called in the third quarter prior to a punt on 4th-and-1 from their 28-yard line, Petersen said: “We didn’t have enough guys on the field. Hindsight, again, probably should’ve taken a 5-yard (delay of game) penalty.”
SATURDAY: Washington (3-3, 1-2 Pac-12 North) at Stanford (5-1, 4-0), 7:30 p.m.. ESPN, 1000-AM, 97.7-FM