Washington Starts With Clean Slate as Spring Practices Begin

Lars Hanson, Publisher
The Dawg Report

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Washington hit the field for the first time Monday since their 24-7 defeat to Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl last December. Entering his fourth season in charge, UW head coach Chris Petersen installed basic drills and using the first spring practice to focus on fundamentals, again.

"We don’t think like that," Petersen said, debunking any theory of UW using 2016 as motivation. "This is back to square one and our record has no relevance to what we did last year. Doesn’t matter if we won all of our games, didn’t win enough games. We go back to square one with everything we do."

With a mix of new faces practicing, and select veterans observing from the sideline including linebacker Connor O'Brien (knee) and Greg Gaines (shoulder), the Huskies already realize this spring is another reload.

Returning senior linebacker Azeem Victor fully participated in the first practice, keeping in line with his recovery timetable after suffering a broken right leg vs USC in November.

But most of the morning practice was focused on quarterback Jake Browning, who will be limited this spring after recovering from off-season surgery on his throwing (right) shoulder.

The junior was limited Monday with Petersen acknowledging a plan is already in place for how Browning will tackle spring ball.

"Long spring. We’re not trying to win spring ball," Petersen said on holding Browning out. "We’re trying to get guys ready to improve each day, so we’ve had this planned since right after the season, how we wanted to use him. So it’ll be a gradual buildup."

Other Notes from Practice:

- Freshman wide receiver Ty Jones height was noted a lot on social media. Having Jones in early to work with new WR coach Matt Lubick is significant point with UW needing weapons in the fall without John Ross and Darrell Daniels.

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