(1090 The Fan) — Entering his first practice under the new coaching staff, Washington quarterback Jeff Lindquist really had no idea of what to expect.
With that said, the Mercer Island High School alum, looked comfortable with the offense, his surroundings and the pressure of being under added scrutiny as just one of two quarterbacks currently fighting for the starting quarterback job.
“We had no idea what this practice was going to be like. How we were going to stretch, what routes we were going to do,” Lindquist said. “I think guys transitioned to it really well…It’s really nice to get back out here.”
It’s an exciting time for each player on the roster as they all have a clean slate with the new coaching staff. A clean slate means a new opportunity and Lindquist said that is something he wants to take full advantage of.
“Me personally, I started out really slow when I got here as a true freshman. I don’t know if I was ever able to recover from that so it’s a great opportunity for me to show what I’m about.”
He and his competitor, Troy Williams, were put through the paces of several passing drills. Offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith had the two quarterbacks throwing everything from 10-yard out routes to fly screens to 20-yard posts and 30-yard seams and the two looked relatively sharp for their first practice.
Washington head coach Chris Petersen said nobody really stood out in the first practice and reiterated he just wants to see everybody work to improve each day.
It was apparent, though, that Lindquist had an added air of confidence about him. From his first throw to his last, Lindquist moved well, showed a strong arm and quick release and made confident throws. He and Williams, didn’t look overwhelmed by all the change that has occurred over the last three months.
Lindquist said he currently weighs 237 which is a comfortable weight for him, but added he will try to lose “about five more (pounds)” prior to the start of the season. The redshirt sophomore has been putting in a lot of work the past couple of months with the current group of receivers, something that he wasn’t able to do last winter.
“One thing that was big for me this offseason, is I threw with the guys on the team a lot more,” admitted Lindquist. “Also just getting comfortable, taking some of the gas off my footballs, because that was something that I struggled with last year.
“It’s just day one, though,” noted Lindquist. “So I’ve got to keep moving forward and just keep getting better.”
– Senior LB John Timu has been suspended for the first two weeks of spring practice. That leaves him in line to take part in the final nine spring practices.
– Senior RB Jesse Callier missed the first practice with what coach Petersen termed as “academic things to take care of for us” and is out indefinitely.
– Neither LB Shaq Thompson nor WR John Ross participated in drills with the opposite side of the football.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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