UW spring practices begin Monday morning at Husky Stadium.
The Huskies arrived among the college football elite last fall, winning the Pac-12 championship and making their first national playoff appearance. They insist that success didn’t affect their approach to winter workouts.
“We definitely don’t think we’ve arrived,” senior center Coleman Shelton said earlier this month. “We’re just focusing on having the best workout we’ve ever had, so that’s just our biggest thing. Last year happened, but we’ve got to get over that and focus on the next year. It just goes day by day and getting better, as good as we can.”
Such is the mindset as the Huskies approach the start of spring practices Monday morning at Husky Stadium, the first of 15 workouts leading up to the April 22 spring preview.
Here are five questions for the Huskies this spring:
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1. Who emerges in the new-look secondary?
With the likes of junior Jordan Miller and sophomore Austin Joyner, the Huskies have some experienced options in the defensive secondary in line to fill the enormous void left by Budda Baker, Sidney Jones and Kevin King. Following in those stars’ footsteps will be an unenviable task, but it doesn’t feel like an entirely impossible one with the way the Huskies have recruited at cornerback. Redshirt freshmen Byron Murphy (5-11, 177), Isaiah Gilchrist (5-10, 201) and Kentrell Love (6-1, 182) will have their opportunities to impress this spring, before touted freshmen corners Elijah Molden (5-10, 181) and Keith Taylor (6-3, 189) arrive this summer.
2. Can Daniel Bridge-Gadd push for the No. 2 QB job?
During fall camp last August, K.J. Carta-Samuels and Tony Rodriguez were locked in a close competition for the No. 2 quarterback job behind Jake Browning. After redshirting last fall, Daniel Bridge-Gadd will get the chance to push Carta-Samuels and Rodriguez over the next…