Browning has remained close with Troy Taylor, his coach at Folsom High who is now in his first season as Utah’s offensive coordinator.
They talk regularly. They chatted on the phone again Wednesday morning and, to paraphrase the conversation from Jake Browning’s point of view, the Washington quarterback wished his good friend Troy Taylor the worst of luck come Saturday night.
Under normal circumstance — shoot, in any other circumstance — Browning would hope for the best for Taylor, Browning’s high school coach who just happens to be in his first season as Utah’s offensive coordinator. That means Browning and Taylor will be rivals for the first time when the No. 16 Huskies (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) host the Utes (5-5, 2-5) for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Husky Stadium.
“It’ll be strange,” Taylor said this week in a phone interview from Salt Lake City. “I’ll be peeking up from my call sheet while trying to organize the next series to see how he’s doing. He’s such a great person, such a great friend, and it’s weird to kind of root against him. Hopefully we score one more point than they do.”
Browning echoed those sentiments.
“I hope he calls all the wrong plays,” he said.
Browning was 10 years old when he first began attending Taylor’s passing academy in the Sacramento area.
Taylor, the co-head coach at Folsom High School, then appointed Browning as Folsom’s starting quarterback when Browning was a sophomore, and all Browning did in his first start was throw 10 touchdown passes. It was quite the team, those two, and under Taylor’s direction Browning threw a national-record 229 touchdown passes in three seasons, and they helped Folsom to a 16-0 season and a California state championship in 2014.
“That’s someone I’m really close with,” Browning said. “He’s been there for me for a large majority of my life.”
Taylor, who set school records as the quarterback at California in the late…