SEATTLE -- He was the Pac-12 offensive player of the year and finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting. He completed better than 62 percent of his passes, including 43 for touchdowns against only nine interceptions. Jake Browning had a monster 2016 season for the Washington Huskies, but in his world, it can only get better.
Watching his attention to detail during practice, and talking with teammates and his coaches, you learn the junior from Folsom, California, is more focused on his game than ever. Browning, who seldom talks about his accomplishments, agrees with the observations.
"I think it's been my best camp so far," Browning said after a week four training camp practice.
Following the Huskies Peach Bowl loss to Alabama, Browning had a medical procedure on the right shoulder which had been affecting his throws late in the season. During his KOMO newsradio show UW head coach Chris Petersen mentioned Browning had thrown a football 60 yards in the air during a practice, longest of his UW career. JBrowning wouldn't confirm or deny Petersen's account.
"He could be lying, and you guys wouldn't know," Browning joked. "My arm is good to go, 100 percent, and I'm just ready for the season. I'm ready for there to be a new headline other than my arm."
Browning's dedication to another outstanding season starts with a dietary change. He is eating healthier and bulked up to 210 pounds on his 6'-2" frame.
There is more time spent in the video room pinpointing areas for improvement and opposing defense's weaknesses. It's all part of the Jake Browning plan to make him an even better quarterback in 2017.
"I've just kind of always said I'm going to prepare my ass off and work really hard. It's hard to regret a bunch if you feel like you gave your all."
Washington kicks off the 2017 season Friday night Sept. 1 at Rutgers. All Husky games can be heard on KOMO newsradio AM 1000/ FM 97.7