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April 9, 2008 3:29 PM

Reviewing past spring games

Posted by Bob Condotta

So you can't say we don't at least try to please here on the HFB (Husky Football Blog).

In response to the question about past Husky spring games, I did a little archive searching and came up with a few.

But again, I caution that I personally wouldn't draw any conclusions out of any of it since these are rarely like real games. The coaches are so wary of giving anything away that they run almost nothing; QBs are always off-limits to contact; scoring rules are sometimes jimmied with, etc. What they tend to be most useful for is evaluating personnel in specific situations, not necessarily what the team as a whole does.

Still, here;s what I found and I've attached the links to the stories we wrote at the time.

--- Last year, the No. 1 unit beat the No. 2's, 44-7. (That could have been a precursor of defensive depth issues that helped mar the season).

--- The starters beat the backups 24-3 in 2006.

--- In 2005, he coaches split up the teams evenly and the result was a 3-0 game. They also used a running 12-minute clock and did little but run the ball up the middle or throw basic routes, which is actually fairly common for these things.

--- In maybe the most misleading spring game score of all time, the 2004 game ended 49-20. That, obviously, was the offense that turned out to be maybe the worst in modern school history. However, the spring game score is misleading in and of itself as that was the year the coaches simply pitted the offense against the defense and came up with a scoring system awarding points for first downs and the defense getting points for turnovers and stopping first downs. You'll also note how optimistic people were heading into a season that turned into the worst in school history.

--- The 2003 game, Rick Neuheisel's last game at Husky Stadium as UW's coach, was a 21-19 affair with the teams split up evenly. This one did foreshadow a lot of what was to come as the Huskies couldn't run the ball, which would be a problem for years.

--- The 2002 game ended 27-17, another misleading score since some players played for both teams. Cody Pickett was coming off an injury and didn't do much.

--- The 2001 game ended 28-10 with Pickett having a big day and Roc Alexander scoring TDs for both sides.

--- In 2000, the starters beat the reserves 41-3 in a game in which Marques Tuiasosopo didn't do any running with QBs, as is almost always the cast, off-limits to contact.

--- To go back a bit, I couldn't find stories on the 90 or 91 games. But the 92 game ended 36-20 with Billy Joe Hobert leading the first offense against the backup defense while Mark Brunell led the backup offense against the first defense.

--- And the 1993 game ended 34-6.

--- Finally, as one of you pointed out, the spring game used to have a little more meaning when it matched the current team against a squad of alums. I wrote a story about the history of that game two years ago that you can find here.

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