Georgia transfer Jacob Eason joined touted freshmen Jacob Sirmon and Colson Yankoff for their first day in a gold Washington uniform, while Ryan Bowman's strip sack of Yankoff was among the highlights for UW's defense.
News, notes and highlights from the Huskies’ first spring practice Wednesday morning:
New QBs take the field: Georgia transfer Jacob Eason joined touted freshmen Jacob Sirmon and Colson Yankoff for their first day in a gold Washington uniform (see video below for a few throws from each of them). There is, of course, considerable excitement for all three, but that’s largely about 2019 and beyond. In keeping with the general plan for this year, neither of those three did a whole lot during a first practice without pads.
— Eason, who officially enrolled at UW on Monday, didn’t get many snaps during team periods. Listed at 6-feet-5 and 235 pounds on the UW roster, Eason isn’t quite as “Skinny” as his nickname would suggest. During passing periods, a few times he did show off the rocket arm that has many people buzzing. He certainly looks the part.
— Sirmon and Yankoff shared a handful of snaps each with the No. 3 offense, with predictably mixed results against an established defense. On his second snap of his first 11-on-11 period, Yankoff was greeted in the backfield by outside linebacker Ryan Bowman, who strip the ball out of Yankoff’s hands and recovered the fumble. Welcome to college, kid.
— To be fair, the defense didn’t give any of the quarterbacks a whole lot of time to work with. Redshirt freshman Jake Haener, running the No. 2 offense, was intercepted by CB Elijah Molden and LB Matt Preston on consecutive plays during a 7-on-7 period.
Highlight of the day: Sophomore WR Ty Jones, running mostly with the No. 1 offense, made a diving catch on a Jake Browning pass near the right sideline during an 11-on-11 period. CB Austin Joyner had pretty good coverage on the play.
On the move: Senior starting linebacker Tevis Bartlett, who led the team in tackles for loss last season, is shifting from outside to inside this spring. With inside linebackers DJ Beavers and Brandon Wellington both out Wednesday (recovering from various injuries), the Huskies have little depth inside and Chris Petersen said coaches have been intrigued for some time about Bartlett’s potential inside.
Also on the move: The Huskies have notable transfers. Quarterback Daniel Bridge-Gadd is transferring to Northern Arizona, Petersen announced after practice. Also out: running back-turned-cornerback Jomon Dotson, who earlier this month again tested as the fastest man on the team. Dotson’s transfer destination is TBD. The moves for both were largely expected. Neither had a clear opportunity at playing time at UW.
Early depth chart: Will offer a more complete depth chart after another practice or two, but it’s notable for now that junior Nick Harris has shifted from guard to center, as expected, with the No. 1 offensive line. Senior Jesse Sosebee, a part-time starter at guard last year, also worked at center Wednesday with the No. 2 line. Joining Harris on the first line: LT Henry Roberts; LG Luke Wattenberg; RG Matt James; RT Kaleb McGary. … Juniors Andre Baccellia and Aaron Fuller joined Jones as the receivers running most often with the No. 1 offense.
Injuries: Out this spring LT Trey Adams (knee), WR Chico McClatcher (ankle), CB Jordan Miller (ankle) and WR Quinten Pounds (knee) are all recovering from surgeries last fall. As noted, Beavers and Wellington were also out Wednesday, as was OL Henry Bainivalu (unknown injury).