Five questions for UW Huskies offense this offseason

A post-spring breakdown of the Huskies’ offensive depth chart, with a key question for each position.

For the first time since 2002, the Huskies are expected to enter the 2017 season ranked in the top 10 of the preseason AP poll. Already, they’re ranked No. 6 in the Fox Sports post-spring top 25, No. 8 by Sports Illustrated and No. 9 by ESPN.

Here is a post-spring breakdown of the Huskies’ offensive depth chart, with a key question for each position:

QUARTERBACK

Jake Browning, 6-2, 205, jr.
K.J. Carta-Samuels, 6-2, 219, rs-jr.
Tony Rodriguez, 6-3, 188, sr.
Daniel Bridge-Gadd, 6-2, 210, rs-fr.
Blake Gregory, 6-2, 180, rs-fr.*

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Incoming freshman

Jake Haener, 6-0, 196

Key question: How healthy is Jake Browning’s right shoulder?

Before the start of spring ball, there wasn’t necessarily overwhelming concern about Browning’s shoulder long-term, but there is nonetheless reason to exhale when the star quarterback’s throwing arm appeared to be OK by the end of April. That’s good news for the reigning Pac-12 offensive player of the year, and for an offense that scored a school record 41.8 points per game last fall. Having not thrown all winter, Browning acknowledged he’ll have to build up arm strength this summer, but otherwise shrugged off any other other concerns.

Behind Browning, K.J. Carta-Samuels had a good spring while taking most of the first-team snaps. This will be Carta-Samuels’ third season as Browning’s backup, and probably his last. Carta-Samuels is expected to explore his options as a graduate transfer after the season and could get a chance to start somewhere for his final season of eligibility in 2018.

This spring was the first extended look at Daniel Bridge-Gadd, who is far and away the Huskies’ best running threat at the position but didn’t otherwise make much of a push to move up the depth chart.

RUNNING BACK

Myles Gaskin, jr., 5-10, 191
Lavon Coleman, sr., 5-11, 223
Sean McGrew, rs-fr., 5-7, 177
Kamari Pleasant, rs-fr., 6-0, 191
Ralph Kinne, sr., 5-10, 220*
Paul Wells, so., 5-9, 170*

Incoming freshman

Salvon Ahmed, 5-11, 189

Key question: Where does Sean McGrew fit in?

McGrew scored the lone touchdown in UW’s spring scrimmage, and the 5-foot-7 redshirt freshman showed enough this spring to think he could figure into plans for the offense this fall. Much of the same could be said about Kamari Pleasant. Of course, with Myles Gaskin and Lavon Coleman — who combined for 2,225 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns last fall — both returning, there isn’t an obvious opening for either of the redshirt freshmen. That’s a good problem to have — a “problem” that Salvon Ahmed could add to when he arrives this summer.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Left tackle

Trey Adams, jr., 6-8, 320
Jared Hilbers, so., 6-7, 302

Left guard

Andrew Kirkland, sr., 6-4, 316
Jesse Sosebee, jr., 6-5, 310
Duke Clinch, rs-fr.,…

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