Freshman might be right call in Washington QB battle
The Washington Huskies began the offseason learning of the sudden retirement of incumbent quarterback Cyler Miles. Head coach Chris Peterson is now deciding between two QBs in a starting battle to lead his uptempo, spread offense.
The candidates for the job are junior Jeff Lindquist and true freshman Jake Browning. With the advantage in experience, Lindquist will have a say in the decision, but he underwhelmed in limited action with a negative passing grade in our system last year, including a 31.0 percent completion percentage and 5.40 yards/passing attempt, and a 3.9 rushing average in limited 2014 action.
Browning is the more intriguing option, having produced 361.9 passing yards per game, a 68.7 percent completion percentage, and an amazing 91-to-7 TD-to-INT ratio during his senior season at Folsom High School. He is the only high school player in recorded history to throw for 5,000-plus yards and 60-plus TDs three years in a row.
While he doesn’t bring Lindquist’s experience, Browning provides far more upside and could reinvigorate the Huskies’ program as early as 2015.