Husky quarterback Jake Browning seems primed for big season, starting Friday at Rutgers

Sixth in the Heisman voting last year, Browning says he is back to full strength after January shoulder surgery, which makes him one of a half-dozen preseason favorites to claim college football’s most coveted individual award.

NEW YORK — He was just a kid in kindergarten when the Sept. 11 attacks rocked this city. But for Washington quarterback Jake Browning, the memory of that day remains strong.

Sixteen years ago, Browning’s family was in the process of moving from Portland to northern California when their moving truck broke down somewhere en route. The family, as he recalls, was stalled for a few days.

“We were staying in an apartment eating out,” he said, “and I remember going to breakfast before kindergarten and watching (the plane) fly right into the twin towers.”

It is a somber tenor, then, for the first day of Browning’s first trip to New York, when the Huskies made a team visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on Thursday.

“I don’t want to say (it’s) ‘cool’ — it’s a sad part of history,” Browning said.

Perhaps in a few months, Browning will get the opportunity to come back, to visit New York on happier terms. Because one shouldn’t be surprised, if come December, he is extended an invitation to the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

Sixth in the Heisman voting last year, Browning says he is back to full strength after January shoulder surgery, which makes him one of a half-dozen preseason favorites to claim college football’s most coveted individual award.

We are, of course, getting ahead of ourselves.

First, there’s the matter of Friday’s game at Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. Kickoff is set for a 5 p.m. PDT broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

Then there’s 11 more regular-season games after that. If things go well enough after all that, the Huskies could be looking at a return trip to the Pac-12 championship game.

There are a lot of games to be played, a lot of plays to be made, and indeed a lot of excitement about this team’s potential — especially with Browning appearing to be back in top form.

“He’s in the best shape of his life,” UW offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith said. “We talked about that from the offseason to now — the guy is put together (physically), he’s running well, he’s had no issues throwing the ball. And he’s a third-year starter, so you’ve got to feel good about that.”

Browning, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior from Folsom,…

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