Since colleges aren’t supplying honest injury reports as the better-paid pro league, we likely won’t know Jake Browning’s status before Washington’s game at Stanford at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN). But the freshman quarterback had a sufficiently sore shoulder to come out late in the 26-20 loss to Oregon after being slammed to the turf.
Browning wasn’t so injured that he couldn’t finish the drive with a short touchdown pass to Jaydon Mickens. But redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels took over on the final possession of the game and threw an interception with 24 seconds remaining to conclude the Huskies’ final chance at ending the Ducks’ 11-year winning streak over UW.
Asked after the game whether Browning’s injury will keep him out for an extended period, Petersen was indefinite.
“I don’t think so,” Petersen said, “but I hope not. I really don’t.”
He was vague as well at his Monday presser, in which Petersen typically doesn’t provide health updates unless as player is definitely back or out of the next game. He did say that Carta-Samuels is the No. 2, ahead of junior Jeff Lindquist.
“He’s been practicing pretty well and throwing some good balls and that kind of thing,” Petersen said of Carta-Samuels. “It’s a little unfortunate we had to put him in that situation to see if he could really operate (the offense).”
Petersen said both QBs will get practice reps if it appears Browning isn’t ready to throw.
The Huskies Oct. 31 home game against Arizona won’t be at 7:30 p.m. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. But don’t come dressed as a devil or you will be mistaken for an executive of the Pac-12 Network or a university president . . .Petersen sounded thrilled with the near-sellout at Husky Stadium Saturday: “That’s the Husky Stadium that I’d always been so used to back in the day.” . . . Petersen said freshman WR Quentin Pounds of Cypress, CA., was lost for the season with an injury in practice before the USC game.