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Washington on the 'starting line'

Even though Washington's spring practices were open, the Huskies concluded their workouts last Saturday without much closure on position battles, at least with the quarterback competition that took center stage.

One common theme, however, was the improvement of the secondary. What was a weakness a year ago, particularly compared to an outstanding front seven, is now a strength.

Of course, now the front seven is replacing all but one starter from last fall. A quick riser this spring, according to Adam Jude of the Seattle Times, was defensive tackle Will Dissly. He writes: "Dissly capped a solid spring with a dominant performance Saturday; the versatile 6-foot-4, 275-pound lineman from Bozeman, Montana, had two sacks Saturday, including a sack-strip of Jake Browning that Dissly scooped up and, if not for the playing being whistled dead, would have scored a touchdown on. Elijah Qualls, Taniela Tupou, Jaylen Johnson, Greg Gaines and Vita Vea flashed at times, too, giving the UW, at the very least, a better idea of how the pieces will fit on the line this fall."

While the QB competition didn't conclude, the general consensus is that junior Jeff Lindquist looked like the guy who would start if the Huskies opened the season Saturday. His spot duty in relief of Cyler Miles last season suggested he wasn't starting material to many, but Lindquist was poised and, most important, accurate this spring, particularly in the spring game.

From Christian Caple of the Tacoma News-Tribune: "It's too early to declare Lindquist the leader of UW's three-man quarterback competition. He hasn't been demonstrably better than redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels or true freshman Jake Browning, both of whom seemed to progress at an encouraging rate throughout the spring. But if there's one player from that trio who would seemingly have an inherent advantage heading into fall camp, it should be Lindquist. He'll be a fourth-year junior. He's 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds with a strong arm and some discernible skill as a runner. He's actually played in a few college football games."

Washington's own website covered spring football with a five-part video series you can see here.