“We see Jake and he’s just Jake to us,” senior cornerback Kevin King said. “Then we go on Twitter and he’s Mr. Heisman. So of course we’ve got to give him a little crap about it.”

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Let the record show: Jake Browning isn’t perfect.

And to remind his quarterback as much, Washington offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith recently put together a cutup of Browning’s “bad plays” this season and showed it during a position meeting.

“What are you doing here? What was this?” Smith asked in a stern tone. He was a bit serious, but mostly sarcastic.

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Oregon State @ UW, 3:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

The anti-highlight reel, if you will, must have been awfully short.

Browning, UW’s emerging sophomore QB, vaulted into the heart of the Heisman Trophy discussion with a brilliant first half of the season. He leads the nation in quarterback efficiency rating (204.9) and completion percentage (72.2), and is second in touchdown passes (23) during the No. 5 Huskies’ 6-0 start.

And yet, as Smith knows, his quarterback doesn’t need much humbling. Browning enjoys the spotlight about as much as one would enjoy a massage from Edward Scissorhands.

“Oh, he hates it,” wide receiver Dante Pettis said.

As the Huskies get set for the start of the season’s second half Saturday against Oregon State, coaches and teammates say they aren’t concerned about the escalating national hype getting to Browning’s head.

“I would be (worried) with a lot of kids, but it’s Jake,” Smith said. “He doesn’t love the attention so he doesn’t need to sit there and absorb it and read about himself. I go back to what he enjoys — he enjoys grinding. He enjoys watching tape and being one of the typical guys.”

Browning said he’s gotten more good-natured heckling from teammates the past two weeks than he has in the previous two years combined on campus.

“We see Jake and he’s just Jake to us,” senior cornerback Kevin King said. “Then we go on Twitter and he’s Mr. Heisman. So of course we’ve got to give him a little crap about it.”

Two weeks ago, when he highlighted some of the QB’s rare miscues, Smith said most of the breakdowns have come when Browning starts to scramble. That was the case on Browning’s last interception — nearly a month ago — at Arizona when he was running to his right and floated a pass that came up short of its his intended target.

Two days after Smith played those cutups, during the Huskies’ game at Oregon, Browning was in a similar situation in the Ducks’ red zone. As he scrambled, instead of forcing a pass into tight coverage as he did at Arizona, he ran for a first down — which, two plays later, set up the first of his school-record six touchdown passes on the day and, Smith noted, showed how he had learned from past mistakes.

One significant development with the Huskies’ offense this season is the addition of more run-pass options, which has given Browning autonomy to read defenses and alter Smith’s plays as needed before the snap.

“It definitely starts with Jake, and he’s good at it. That’s why we do so much of it,” Smith said.

Three of Browning’s TD passes against Oregon came on plays in which he checked out of a run.

“I think he’s handled it great. I think he’s handled it really, really well,” UW coach Chris Petersen said Thursday. “I think we have to keep fighting the idea of not putting too much (on him) and not assuming too much. Because he has a lot on his plate. He’s done a very good job with it.”