The Washington Huskies completed number eight of the teams allotted fifteen spring practices Monday morning at Husky Stadium. It was another spirited practice with the intention of improving and building on last years success. The debate will continue to rage on which side of the ball has the bigger job of replacing or reloading as teams like to say. Either way, both sides of the ball have some big shoes to fill hence the reason for improvement with a quickness mantra.
Jake Haener started the 11-11 drills with the first unit that included Salvon Ahmed at running, Andre Baccellia at receiver. Jacob Eason took the reins of the first team after a complete series and both were equally productive. Haener threw one interception so that will be noteworthy to watch at Wednesday’s practice to see if takes the opening reps with the starters. Barring injury or an unforeseen drop off in performance the battle for starting quarterback will not be decided until fall camp. The offense ran some non-traditional wildcat and option plays to practice versatility in the offensive attack.
The Husky offensive backfield like the defensive backfield lost some high performers in Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin. The departure off Gaskin creates an opportunity for some one to step up and literally take the ball and run with it. For the moment the heir apparent is Salvon Ahmed.
Ahmed played in fourteen games last year and finished the season with 608 rushing yards and scored seven touchdowns. Sean McGrew and Kamari Pleasant saw time limited last year but are looking to push Ahmed for playing time and carries. Running backs coach Keith Bhonapha welcomes the clogged backfield in which multiple backs are looking to be the featured back.