Today is the second day of “Pac-12 Media Day,” which means the Husky football season is right around the corner (fall training camp begins on Aug. 4th). As camp approaches we will be going position by position, providing a detailed preview of the Dawg’s roster. We will start with one of the biggest questions marks entering the 2014 season: Quarterback.
– Keith Price: Price has cemented himself among the all-time great Husky QB’s after finishing his career ranked in the Top 5 of nearly every passing record in school history. Price was a great competitor and leader inside the huddle. Replacing the experience and decision making of a three-year starter will prove to be a challenge for Coach Petersen.
– Cyler Miles: (6-4 225 lbs; Redshirt Sophomore; 2013 stats: 37 of 61, 418 yards, 4 TD’s, 2 interceptions) Miles is the only returning quarterback who has attempted a pass in a regular season game. Miles filled in admirably for an injured Keith Price against UCLA and Oregon State last year. He showed flashes of his natural ability to throw and run; however, he also showed the lapses of judgment one would expect from a freshman QB. Miles’ success will depend on how well he can play catch up after being suspended for the off-season. Miles will also be suspended for the first game of the season due to his role in a fight on Super Bowl night in Seattle.
– Jeff Lindquist: (6-3 246 lbs; Redshirt Sophomore) Lindquist has stepped in for mop-up duty towards the end of blow out victories, but he is yet to take any meaningful snaps during a game. With Miles out all off-season, Lindquist received some great reps during camp and performed well during the spring game. Lindquist has certainly competed his way into the starting QB discussion.
– Troy Williams: (6-2 194 lbs; Redshirt Freshman) Williams redshirted last season. Similar to Lindquist, Williams received high quality reps throughout spring camp and showed off his skills at the spring game. Williams’ style is reminiscent of the recently departed Price. He throws a really tight spiral and boasts exceptional mobility. Williams has been rapidly improving and has given himself a chance to be the starting quarterback against Hawaii week one.
– K.J. Carta-Samuels: (6-2 228 lbs; Freshman) Incoming freshman. We will get our first good look at Carta-Samuels on Aug. 4th when fall camp begins. He is a strong, tough, and mobile quarterback who seems to have the necessary physical tools to make the jump to the college game. With such depth and fierce competition ahead of him, expect Carta-Samuels to redshirt. Carta-Samuels will use this year to adjust to college life, nail down the playbook, and spend time in the weight room.
Expect the QB battle between Miles, Lindquist, and Williams to be decided within the first two weeks of fall camp. All signs point to Miles being your Husky QB of 2014 as long as he can regain the respect and trust of his teammates and coaches. His blend of arm strength, accuracy, size, and speed put him among the most naturally talented passers in the country. Lindquist and Williams will continue to duke it out for the right to be Miles’ backup and start the season opener. With Miles’ off-season issues resulting in a one-game suspension, Lindquist and Williams will get their first meaningful in-game action of their careers. Their play against Hawaii could determine who cements themselves as the No. 2 QB. Miles will be holding the reins of the offense in 2014 so expect and equal share of breath-taking and heart-wrenching moments. He is young player who is bound to make mistakes; however, he also has the talent that should make all Husky fans excited for the future.