You heard me right. The Washington Huskies football program is in the midst of a big problem. This problem, though, is a good one. Having depth at most positions is a nice luxury to have. To have great depth at quarterback though, is something a lot of teams would kill for.
That’s right, folks, Quarterback U may be in full effect once again.
The depth chart currently has 5 quarterbacks listed for the Huskies. 4 of those 5 could walk on to most schools and become a starter. I’m not kidding, either. With Steve Sarkisian being an ex-QB himself as well as poaching some serious recruiting talent, including QB Coach Eric Kiesau, it was bound to happen at some point.
Let’s break down the 5 signal callers currently on the roster.
Keith Price is the obvious name on this list. After having a stellar sophomore season, Price seemed to have taken a step or two backwards last season. He seemed very unsure of himself, his team and his coaches at times. And it cost him. This is not the Keith Price we all know and grew to love.
Price has a huge advantage this season, as Sark is dubbing this one of the best team’s he’s coached. Price has weapons everywhere he looks and needs to buckle down this season and not only help turn this program into a winner, but help himself get launched to the next level with a breakout senior season.
Derrick Brown has basically been the incumbent backup to Price.
We all know it’s a matter of time before we hear news of a transfer or dismissal or retirement, because Brown really doesn’t have much of a chance to crack the starting spot. While I’m sure he has some tools, we never got to see them in action because he was constantly overshadowed by a better player.
Sad as it is to say, that is the reality. Especially in college sports.
I see Cyler Miles being the backup to Price this season. Miles is an impressive, mobile quarterback with a strong arm. The standout QB from Colorado is a dual threat and will be a big component to the new, no-huddle offense Washington is installing.
He ran his high school offense to perfection, earning 1st team All-Colorado twice and then proving his worth by earning the Co-MVP at the U.S. Army All America Bowl.
Next season, Miles will be on the watch lists. Quote me on that.
I almost feel bad for Jeff Lindquist. Coach Sark finally gets a big name in-state recruit to land at UW and the kid isn’t going to get the opportunity to make his home proud. With Lindquist and Miles both getting signed in the same class, it already hurt somebody’s chances to start in the future.
Couple that with the fact that Sark is leaning towards extremely mobile quarterbacks, and this has the makings of a Lindquist transfer. While Lindquist is known for his big, accurate arm, he is also pretty mobile as well. As a senior at Mercer Island, Lindquist rushed for 826 yards and scored 12 touchdowns on the ground.
Troy Williams is the newest toy that Sark won and is bringing back to Montlake. Troy Williams seems to have all of the best qualities of the guys listed above, but seems very raw still. Mr All-Everything in high school has a very strong arm with great accuracy.
He can also run quite well, but he prefers to stand in the pocket and sling the ball.
Troy Williams is the future of UW football. When we will see him take the throne is a whole other question. With so much talent on this team, it is going to be hard to fill the depth chart, even the starter, without a second or third thought.