Jake Browning leads No. 1 offense to a touchdown in final 11-on-11 drive.

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Who: Full-squad workout in Husky Stadium
Gear: Shells (shoulder pads and helmets)
Weather: Cool but sunny

Quarterback quick reads:

— Let’s start with a reminder that this was Day 3 of spring football. No one is jumping to any conclusions here about the three-man quarterback competition — and it is that, a true three-man competition. All three guys, Jeff Lindquist, K.J. Carta-Samuels and Jake Browning, are getting equal reps and all three have flashed at times in this first week. I could envision scenarios where either one of them ends up winning the job in August. That’s a long ways away.

— Browning did have his best day so far on Friday. Working with the first-unit offensive line in the final series of the day — a two-minute drill —he led a nine-play, 70-yard drive capped by his well-thrown 22-yard pass to TE Joshua Perkins for a touchdown. Browning completed 5 of 6 passes on the drive, his best throw of the day coming on a fade to walk-on WR Eli Evenson on the far right sideline for a 28-yard gain. On the next play, he hit Perkins for the practice-ending TD.

“It’s only three days … but I’ve been really happy with where he’s at,” offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith said. “He spent January and February getting ready (for) this point. We bumped back spring ball this year, and that played to his benefit. … So we’ve been pleased with where he’s at.”

— Carta-Samuels, in my estimation, was the most productive of the quarterbacks in the first two days of practice this week. He wasn’t quite as efficient Friday. Working with the No. 1 offense in his final two-minute drill, Carta-Samuels missed on all three of his passing attempts, with CB Sidney Jones and S Budda Baker both diving to bat away passes.

— Lindquist, a junior, continues to look much improved from a year ago. We know what he can do with his feet, but he’s made progress with his big arm and how best to use it. Again, I see this very much as a three-man competition that will play out until late August, and Smith said he expects each QB to have his ups and downs throughout the spring.

“When you’re putting new stuff in, they need to go out and experience and rep it, so there’s going to be some good plays, some learning plays,” Smith said. “Even today, the ball was flying all over the place and we’re trying to throw it down the field. Some, we were hit and miss, and we’ve got to get it on video to coach it. We kind of expect that up and down.”


— Sophomore CB Darren Gardenhire had three interceptions in separate drills, one against each of the quarterbacks. He’s had a productive first week. “His whole attitude right now has changed,” defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake said. “He’s come out like, ‘I’m trying to get better every single day.’ Even today, he thought he should’ve had five interceptions.”

— LB Azeem Victor had the play of the day for the defense when he made a great catch to intercept a Carta-Samuels pass across the middle just before colliding with LB Cory Littleton.

— Despite Browning’s final touchdown pass, the defense won the team periods for the third day in a row, meaning the offense had to run sideline-to-sideline sprints at the end.

— Sophomore CB Naijiel Hale (out all week for an undisclosed reason) and senior RB Deontae Cooper were again not in attendance. Redshirt freshman RB Jomon Dotson was also absent.

— RB Dwayne Washington didn’t participate, meaning Lavon Coleman and walk-ons Ralph Kinne and Gavin McDaniel took all the reps at running back.

Next: The Huskies will be in full pads for the first time on Saturday. That workout is closed to the media and the public.