(1090 The Fan) — The Chris Petersen era as the University of Washington head football coach officially begins Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. And with just two quarterbacks on his spring roster, coach Petersen is prepared to put them to work.
And they will do just that.
“One thing that is going to be great is we have two quarterbacks…They’re going to get more work than they ever probably dreamed,” Petersen said. “We will just get them a lot of work and guys need to not worry about their rank on the depth chart. They just need to get better every day.”
Those quarterbacks are redshirt sophomore Jeff Lindquist, a Mercer Island product, and redshirt freshman Troy Williams. Last year’s starting quarterback Keith Price graduated and the only other quarterback with a collegiate passing attempt to his name, Cyler Miles, has been indefinitely suspended for a violation of team rules.
Both Lindquist and Williams will take repetitions with the “No. 1 offense,” which is really in name only as coach Petersen added that he is working with a clean slate as far as the depth chart is concerned.
“It really is, in everything,” noted Petersen. “And I think that’s really healthy for a lot of guys. Guys that have done well in the past, hey, they’ve got to go in and prove it again; and guys who maybe haven’t done anything, or guys that they thought they weren’t given enough of an opportunity, it really is a clean slate. We don’t know anything, come show us.”
It will be an invaluable experience for every player healthy enough to participate in the 15 spring practices that will be conducted from March 4th through April 19th, but especially for the two quarterbacks. Each will have more than their fair share of reps to show the new coaching staff that they deserve to be the starting quarterback when the 2014 season kicks off.
The entire offense has been given to the players and Petersen noted that the team won’t work through “everything, but it will be a lot,” in the 15 practices.
“You know, spring ball is usually pretty ugly. It really is,” added Petersen. “All it takes is one or two guys to not be on the same page and everything looks terrible. So you kind of look at spring ball where you’re really just evaluating individual people.”
And what, exactly, will he be looking for from his quarterbacks?
“That guy who comes back for the second day and not have his arm fall off,” joked Petersen. “Just who can execute, who can run the system, who can throw accurately, who’s the decision-maker.”
It’s all there in front of both Lindquist and Williams, who will seize the opportunity?
– Petersen said OL Dexter Charles, WR Kasen Williams and WR Taelon Parson will all be out for the duration of spring practice. “We hope to have (Williams) back by summer, rocking and rolling.”
– Five others — RB Ryan McDaniel, LB Scott Lawyer, DB Kevin King, DE Cory Littleton and OL Micah Hatchie — will be “very limited” throughout spring practice according to coach Petersen.
– Petersen: “Nothing new to report” on the Cyler Miles and Damore’ea Stringfellow front. The two players aren’t around the team and won’t be until the situation is resolved.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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