Coaches and players seemed to agree that the UW spring game was a fair representation of what had been happening behind the scenes through the previous 14 days of spring.
It’s always hard to tell whether a low-scoring spring game indicates a strong defense or a weak offense. In reality, it might not indicate much of anything. Both teams really played vanilla because, as offensive coordinator Tim Lappano pointed out, there were green shirts — Oregon green — in the stands. Also, the running clock made for fewer offensive plays than a typical game.
Here is my game story.
Here are the stats.
Here’s a quick overview:
GOLD 10, PURPLE 7
The Purple team was made up of the Huskies’ No. 1 offense and No. 2 defense, the Gold team of the No. 1 defense and No. 2 offense.
Judging by the team divisions, the Huskies’ ended spring work with this No. 1 offense: QB Jake Locker, FB Paul Homer, TB Brandon Johnson, WRs Chris Polk and D’Andre Goodwin, T’s Ben Ossai and Cody Habben, G’s Casey Bulyca and Jordan White-Frisbee, C Matt Sedillo and TE Michael Gottlieb; and this No. 1 defense: DEs Te’o-Nesheim and Darrion Jones, DTs De’Shon Matthews and Cameron Elisara, LBs Josh Gage, Donald Butler and Mason Foster, safeties Nate Williams and Victor Aiyewa and CBs Mesphin Forrester and Quinton Richardson.
Offensive player of the game: Locker completed 13 of 17 passes for 159 yards with one touchdown and one interception. "I felt comfortable," he said. "I had fun, I saw things really well, and I felt like I was really accurate when I was throwing the ball. I think everything’s coming along."
Defensive player of the game: Junior linebacker E. J. Savannah seems determined to regain his starting job. He had a game-high eight tackles, including two for loss. And after an early-spring suspension, he said he now knows how to stay out of the doghouse: "Just go to all the workouts – that’s about it. Do everything that (coach Tyrone Willingham) asks."
Observations: Redshirt freshman Willie Griffin showed a nice knack for one stutter move before breaking hard into the hole. He led all rushers with 71 yards on 20 carries. … Charles Hawkins had five catches, but also two notable drops, including one in the end zone. … The Purple blew a fourth-down attempt when Locker fumbled the snap. … Starting center Juan Garcia watched from the sidelines, using crutches to get around with his injured left foot. His replacement, Matt Sedillo, played with an ankle injury. … Freshman Chris Polk was manhandled on separate plays in the fourth-quarter while trying to block end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and linebacker Chris Stevens.
Next: The Huskies begin off-season work. They will return for fall camp in early August. The regular season begins Aug. 30 at Oregon. (And here’s a report from the Ducks’ spring game.)