The University of Washington Huskies football held it ‘s annual Spring preview. Truth be told it was a fanfest event with a scrimmage to end the days. Before the scrimmage players went through individual stretching drills, positional drills then team unit drills.
The Huskies did get down to business in a complicated scrimmage format that saw the defense dominate with a 38-21 score. Points were rewarded for touchdowns( seven points), turnovers ( five points), fourth-down stops ( four points), sacks (one point), and three-and-outs (one point).
Eyeballs were always going to be on the defensive and offensive backfields given the talent that moved on and is now seeking fortunes playing on Sundays. The defense saw the departure of Byron Murphy, Taylor Rapp, Greg Gaines, Ben Burr-Kirven and Jordan Miller all selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The defense recorded 11 tackles for losses, eight pass breakups, six sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble. The new kids on the block who were eager to show they are ready to step and continue the Huskies defensive dominance in the fall included Defensive backs, Myles Bryant, Elija Molden Isaiah Gilchrist, and Keith Taylor.
Outsider linebacker Joe Tryon believes the defense can improve on its dominant play from last year where the Husky defense was top-ranked in the Pac-12.
OFFENSE SHOW SHOWS SOME LIFE
Despite the dominant display by the defense, the offense did show some life. Jacob Eason hit Kamari Pleasant with a 17-yard pass on the last play of the scrimmage. The play was a much-needed spark to an otherwise dismal showing by the Husky quarterbacks. Washington’s five quarterbacks combined for a mere 139 yards passing and managed a poultry 3.1 yards-per-carry. Despite the dismal showing by the Husky quarterbacks and running backs for that matter, the Huskies offensive line is one unit that is rated as one of the best in the Pac-12. The unit returns four RoseBowl starters in LT Trey Adams, LG Luke Wattenburg, RG Jaxson Kirkland and Center Nick Harris. Former LT starter Kaleb McGary was drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Falcons.