The offense dominates in red-zone drills on Wednesday.

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Who: Full-squad workout for spring practice No. 6 in Husky Stadium
Gear: Full pads
Weather: Sunny
Quarterback quick reads:

— After a lackluster day Monday, the quarterbacks had their best day of the spring on Wednesday morning while continuing to split reps evenly. The offense spent extra time working in the red zone, and during one 7-on-7 passing drill in the red zone, the three quarterbacks combined to complete 15 of 16 passing attempts. Better yet, there were no turnovers on the day — the first time that’s happened in the five open practices — which meant the defense had to run extra gassers at the end.


Budda Baker again spent some time fielding punts, working one-on-one with Chris Petersen. Dante Pettis is again expected to be UW’s primary punt returner next season.

— Redshirt freshman RB Jomon Dotson has had a productive spring so far, showing off good hands and a good burst.

— Former Washington State coach Paul Wulff attended practice.

— It was a good day for the big targets in the red zone: WR Brayden Lenius, TE Darrell Daniels and TE Joshua Perkins. The Huskies tied for third in the Pac-12 last season in red-zone scoring at 89 percent (converting on 40 of 45 red-zone trips), but they were 11th in conference in touchdown-conversion rate at 53 percent, managing just 24 TDs on those 45 trips. Lenius said the offense’s goal is to bump that number up 10 percent next season, and having a 6-foot-5 sophomore who can leap over a cornerback to haul in a reception in the far right corner of the end zone — as Lenius did on a pass from Jeff Lindquist — should be a big boost toward that end.


The 7-on-7 red-zone drill offered one highlight after another for the offense:

— Jake Browning had his best day of the spring, and his best throw was a beautiful loft down the left sideline to WR Marvin Hall for a 22-yard touchdown, beating the coverage of CB Darren Gardenhire. On the play before, Hall had caught a 10-yard out pass and beat LB Scott Lawyer up the sideline and into the end zone.

— K.J. Carta-Samuels threw back-to-back TD passes to Daniels, the 6-4 tight end. The first was a well-thrown ball in the middle of the end zone for a 5-yard score. The second was a two-point conversion try in which KJCS zipped a back-shoulder throw to Daniels, who reached over a walk-on cornerback for the score. Daniels had done the same thing earlier to the same cornerback on the other side of the field on a TD pass from KJCS.

— Lindquist showed a nice touch to find a wide-open Perkins for a 22-yard touchdown. On the next play, Lindquist zipped a slant pass to TE David Ajamu, who made a nice diving catch down to the 1.

In the final 11-on-11 team period:

— Carta-Samuels worked with the No. 2 offense against the No. 2 defense and the offense went three-and-out, as LB Sean Constantine had a touch sack on third-and-long to end the drive. It was a rare highlight for the defense on this day.

— Lindquist, running with the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 1 defense, orchestrated the best drive of the final period, going 40 yards on 11 plays and scoring on a 2-yard quarterback keeper. The drive featured a third-and-13 conversion in which Lindquist connected with WR Dante Pettis (who beat CB Sidney Jones) on the left sideline for a 20-yard gain. It was probably Lindquist’s best throw of the day. Eight plays later, Jones was called for pass-interference in the end zone while defending Pettis. On the drive, Lindquist also had a nice third-and-5 conversion to Hall, who has had a productive spring so far.

— Browning marched the No. 2 offense (vs. the No. 2 defense) 30 yards inside the 10-yard line before a procedural penalty pushed the offense back a bit. Cameron Van Winkle ended the drive with a 23-yard field goal.


Psalm Wooching was limited on Monday with an apparent knee injury and didn’t participate at all Wednesday. He had been splitting time with Joe Mathis at buck ‘backer.

— Also not participating: TE Drew Sample, OL Devin Burleson, LB Travis Feeney, WR John Ross III, LB Keishawn Bierria, S/CB Kevin King, S Trevor Walker, CB Jermaine Kelly and OT Coleman Shelton.

— RB Deontae Cooper has yet to make an appearance this spring. It sounds like he’s attending to a family matter.

Next: The Huskies are back on the field at 8:15 a.m. Friday. Petersen is scheduled to be available to the media afterward.