Lindquist takes in Spring Football

Jeff Lindquist (Scout.com)

SEATTLE - Washington's 8 am Spring Football practices didn't just impact the players and coaches taking part. In fact, Jeff Lindquist may have gotten up earlier to visit campus those practice days than any coach or player. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound UW signee would wake up at 4:45 am to make sure he got to Montlake on time.

Why so early? Visions of Lindquist waiting at the door of the football offices with donuts and coffee aren't far-fetched. "I took my time to eat breakfast," Lindquist told Dawgman.com Sunday night with a chuckle. "I'd get up there for as much as I could. I was out of town for a week and things pop up here and there - but I got out there when I could.

"For me, this spring was about learning what I can. Obviously it's something completely different from what I'm used to in high school, so any information I can get I knew it was going to be helpful. So I was just going in and picking up what I could and doing the best I can."

Considering Lindquist has a chance to become Washington's backup quarterback this fall, the freshman-to-be is trying to cram as much as he can into a spring that technically he can't take part in. But like Dexter Charles last year, Lindquist has made Spring Football a priority. In some ways he has to, especially if he plans on seriously competing with Derrick Brown for that coveted spot in the two-deeps behind Keith Price.

"It's starting to come together," he said. "Obviously there's a long way to go, but the pieces are starting to fall. Getting back out to watch practice, it's been a while for me. I haven't watched a football practice since our season was over, so just kind of getting back into the football swing of things was really fun for me. I was just happy to go out there and be a part of it."

Part of Lindquist's learning process this spring was getting to know new Offensive Coordinator Eric Kiesau. "I just enjoyed getting to know coach Kiesau these past few weeks," said Lindquist. "I had obviously talked to him on the phone and met him a few times, but it was nice to see how he runs things and I'm really looking forward to playing underneath him and learning from him because I think he's a great coach and a great guy. I'm really looking forward to it."

And although he won't be officially added to the Washington roster until June, Lindquist has already gotten a head start when it comes to making friends on the team. "Mostly the quarterbacks…a bunch of nice guys," he said when asked who he's already tight with. "They helped me when I had some questions, so I've gotten to know those guys pretty well. And there's a few guys on the field that I've seen before…I got to meet Ryan McDaniel, who is in my class. I talked to him and I started my friendship with him, and I'm looking forward to being his teammate."

Lindquist and his Mercer Island teammates endured a one-point loss to Seattle Prep last year in their season-opener, a game that was played at CenturyLink Field. "We actually played our first high school game of our season here, so that brought back those memories," he said. "So I'm excited to play on that field because it's an awesome place to be."

He joined other future Huskies, family and friends at CenturyLink one more time Saturday, this time for Washington's Spring Game. "It was a fun environment to see…this is the first spring where I got a chance to be a part of it and seeing it wrap up was pretty fun," Lindquist said. "Through spring I developed some relationships with some of the guys on the team, made some new friends - so it was kind of fun to see them play and know they are going to be my teammates in the future and that me, Nathan (Dean), Jake (Eldrenkamp) and all the guys I'm with will be a part of that next year - so that will be fun."

Lindquist was also very aware of the Junior Day that was going on at the same time as Spring Game. "That was fun," he said. "I wasn't part of the whole thing, but I went to the game and saw that there were a ton of recruits there - so I said hi to some of the guys. I talked to Sean (Constantine) for a while and I'm pumped that he's going to be a Husky with me and the rest of the guys. It was just a fun environment to sit back and watch, knowing I was in that mode a year ago."

Overall, it sounds like Jeff Lindquist jump-started his Husky career, and for a team looking for more options at quarterback, it couldn't have come at a better time. "I had a lot of fun," he said. "Those guys, they are all business but they know how to have fun with it too, so I'm just excited to be a new piece of the puzzle to bring the Huskies back to a Rose Bowl."

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