Picture Day - a long-time favorite event for Husky fans young and old - returned after a short hiatus last year, but was held mid-week and was a bit tough for some folks to attend. This year they moved it to a Sunday, a much better day for folks to make the trek to Husky Stadium. The weather cooperated as it was sunny but not too hot, and several thousand were on hand to watch the scrimmage and then mingle with players on the field afterward.
Here are a few quick impressions from the scrimmage:
- There was quite a bit of special teams work - placekicking, punting, kickoffs, kickoff returns, PAT blocking, gunner releases on punts, etc. Korey Durkee and Cameron Van Winkle appear secure in their starting jobs.
- It wasn't a full scrimmage (they weren't wearing pads), but at the end of practice they got in some full-squad scrimmaging and were working on their 2-minute drills as they would also mix in some FG work to practice getting them in quickly against the clock.
- Jake Browning may be a freshman, but enrolling early was clearly a benefit as he appears to have a very firm grasp of the offense - he was frequently instructing his receivers and backs on where to be in formations and when to go in motion.
- Browning very clearly feels a great deal of trust in WR Braden Lenius - he's a big target and was a favorite of Browning's today.
- That said, I thought Jeff Lindquist had the best day among the QB's. He certainly had the play of the day in the full-team session near the end when he found Marvin Hall open deep for a 60+ TD throw. He also appeared the most poised under pressure and showcased his running ability at times.
- He was nearly picked off at one point though when Jaydon Mickens bobbled the ball and Budda Baker appeared to make a great interception at the sideline, but the coaches apparently waved it off and let the offense continue play.
I'm sure HowlingHusky and onewoodwacker can add their thoughts below in the comments as I know they were on hand as well. If you were there please chime in with your thoughts too. Here's a collection of photos I took with my son (please forgive his funny expressions - he's still working on his "smile for the camera" face):
Jesse (Boomer) Sosebee:
As always, a big thanks to the players for being so much fun and accommodating with all the fans and kids and to the Athletic Department for putting on the event and Coach Petersen for being cool with opening up the practice for fans.