Plenty was on the line Saturday during Washington's spring game -- winners got burgers from a local Seattle drive-thru while the losers weren't allowed to shower after the game.
Fans were treated to whatever postgame meal and shower length they might've wanted, but most important (depending on your priorities), they got a glimpse of the team -- through drills and live play -- they haven't seen since the College Football Playoff. Here are a three takeaways from the Huskies' spring:
Jake Browning is going to be fine: Yes, he only attempted 10 passes Saturday. But for the anxious Huskies fan that was wondering what would become of the star quarterback after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder in January, 10 passes was enough of a vote of confidence. Browning told The Seattle Times last week that his rehab is going as it should, which should also make Huskies feel good about their 2017 prospects.
"It feels good, feels exactly how it's supposed to, and it's going exactly how it's supposed to," Browning said in the article. "Our training staff does a good job. Coach Pete, Coach Smith, they've been on top of it. I've been on top of it. It's going how it's supposed to go. I probably could've gone even a little bit sooner, but you want to take those things slow and not rush it."
The Washington secondary has players in place to reload: With Sidney Jones, Kevin King and Budda Baker departed, the Huskies wanted to use this spring to get as many different guys as many reps as possible. Coming out of the spring two players seem to have separated themselves at cornerback -- Jordan Miller and Byron Murphy.
"Obviously, we lost three really good players out of that secondary but we have some really good young talent -- Byron being one of them. So I was really pleased with him. It was awesome to see him, not just today but all the practices. Every practice he showed up. We're really pleased with his progress," coach Chris Petersen said Saturday.
Heading into summer conditioning both Murphy and Miller seem to have the inner lane to starting spots, but keep an eye out for 2017 signees Elijah Molden and Keith Taylor. Molden has the athleticism and football IQ that could help him see the field immediately, but Taylor -- at 6-foot-3 -- brings a length to the secondary that will be missed now that King is gone.
It's not going to be a 1:1 fit in filling John Ross' shoes: Both Dante Pettis (who's spending the offseason competing for the Washington track team) and Chico McClatcher return in 2017. McClatcher didn't play Saturday, but that just meant there were a few other catches to be had and routes to be run by other players, which are some names to note. Brayden Lenius, who was suspended last season (then redshirted), had a good spring for the Huskies. Redshirt freshman Jordan Chin had the catch of the day Saturday (though it was ultimately -- and incorrectly -- ruled incomplete).
— UW Football (@UW_Football) April 22, 2017
Running back Myles Gaskin could potentially be involved more in the pass game next season as well. Wide receiver coach Matt Lubick, who comes to Seattle via Oregon, often lobbied to get the backs more involved with the Ducks' pass game, so he could try to incorporate more of that into the Huskies' game plan, too.