The showcase gets to put the players under the right kind of pressure, with goal-line stands, 3rd and long scenarios, red-zone opportunities, and so on. The biggest benefit here is the coaching staff, fans, and the rest of the team gets to see who truly has that clutch gene, and who’s going to perform when the pressure is on.
This also gives the coaching staff an opportunity to give all the quarterbacks a good look in these pressure situations, and every QB is usually able to get the same amount of reps, unlike in a spring game where you might not see everyone an equal amount. That part is particularly important for the Huskies, who have a logjam of talent in the QB room, from Jacob Eason to Colson Yankoff, Jacob Sirmon, Jake Haener, and Dylan Morris. Husky fans expect Eason to win the job this year, but we haven’t seen a ton of the highly-touted Sirmon or Yankoff since they got to campus, and this spring could be a good indicator of who will take over after Eason inevitably declares for the 2020 NFL Draft and becomes a top 3 pick.
The positive about bringing recruits in for this game is that the coaches can lay out from a football standpoint exactly how they want to use them, and it can be demonstrated through some of the drills and situations they’ll see on the field.