Star quarterback completes a 50-yard TD pass to Chico McClatcher during his first team work of the spring.
Notes and highlights from Day 8 at UW spring football:
- In his first competitive snaps of spring, Jake Browning lofted a perfectly thrown pass from midfield to the right pylon, where Chico McClatcher caught it in stride for a touchdown. Browning, coming off January shoulder surgery, attempted about 10 passes in all during that 7-on-7 period, throwing unabated on just about all of them. He threw two more passes some 50 yards — both falling incomplete near the end zone, with one broken up by safety Ezekiel Turner — and another fastball that McClatcher hauled in on a comeback route to the right. That was the only team period in which Browning took snaps; K.J. Carta-Samuels continued to lead the No. 1 offense during 11-on-11 periods. “We’re steadily getting him more and more (work),” offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith said. “He’s throwing it pretty well. He could probably go out and take some team reps at this point, but we’re not rushing anything.”
- During the first two-minute “clutch” period we’ve seen inside Husky Stadium, LB Azeem Victor intercepted Carta-Samuels near midfield to end the first series.
- On the second series, pitting the No. 2 offense vs. the No. 2 defense, Daniel Bridge-Gadd converted a fourth-and-2 pass to freshman WR Jordan Chin to the offense’s 42-yard line. But CB Kentrell Love made a diving interception off Bridge-Gadd’s next pass to give the defense the win on that drive, too.
- On the final series, pitting the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 2 defense, Dante Pettis hauled in a nice throw from Carta-Samuels near the left sideline for a 50-yard gain to the defense’s 38-yard line. Defensive backs Isaiah Gilchrist and Mason Stone both had nice pass breakups before Carta-Samuels got the offense in field-goal range with an 8-yard completion…