Washington Huskies

UW’s quarterback battle still wide open

Washington Huskies football coach Chris Petersen spoke at the Pac-12 media day Thursday in Burbank, Calif., about his team trying to find a starting quarterback. “We don't know (who is the starter). We really don't. I wish we did,” Petersen says.
Washington Huskies football coach Chris Petersen spoke at the Pac-12 media day Thursday in Burbank, Calif., about his team trying to find a starting quarterback. “We don't know (who is the starter). We really don't. I wish we did,” Petersen says. The Associated Press

Want an update on the Washington Huskies’ quarterback competition?

Too bad. There isn’t one.

Nothing has changed since the Huskies finished spring practices three months ago — Jeff Lindquist, K.J. Carta-Samuels and Jake Browning split repetitions more or less evenly — and nothing will likely change until after UW resumes practice Aug. 8.

That was the gist of coach Chris Petersen’s answer to the inevitable quarterback question during his session with reporters at Pac-12 media day Thursday afternoon.

“It always seems like the media kind of thinks we play our cards close to the vest and kind of know,” Petersen said from inside Stage 12 at Warner Bros. Studios. “We don’t know. We really don’t. I wish we did. I think your starting quarterback needs every rep he can get, let alone three guys that water it down, but that’s just where we are. So as soon as we figure out who gives us the best chance, we’ll take some time.”

It seemed Lindquist, a fourth-year junior, was generally the most consistent of the three competitors during spring practices, which wasn’t a tremendous surprise considering he’s the only quarterback on the roster to appear in a college football game.

But each of them apparently remains in contention to start UW’s season opener Sept. 4 at Boise State.

“Everybody has to get better,” Petersen said. “That is the bottom line, from Jeff to Jake. Everybody needs to get better. That guy you can see growing and getting better, that’s probably going to be the guy.”

UW’s fourth scholarship quarterback, recent junior college transfer Tony Rodriguez, likely won’t factor into the competition this fall. He signed with the Huskies this summer after a two-year career at City College of San Francisco, and Petersen said Thursday that “in an ideal world, Tony redshirts.”

“He just got here,” Petersen said. “We’re trying to figure out how he can call it and line up formations. But he’s studying hard and he’s getting there. That’s where I think in an ideal world he would be able to redshirt and learn and grow and be in the weight room and all those type of things. But we’ll just see.”

MILES’ HIP UPDATE

Cyler Miles, UW’s starting quarterback last season, took a medical retirement due to what the school described as a persistent hip injury that bothered him throughout his career.

Petersen expanded on that hip problem Thursday.

“Cyler’s a tough kid. He really is. He never missed a practice or anything, but it was bothering him, and it got worse after the season,” Petersen said. “It continually got worse. And in fact we had to take him out of his training. The one thing about Cyler — Cyler’s a tough guy. That I know. So we had to kind of take him out of some different running stuff, squatting stuff. It was just too much and it wasn’t healing. And when we really looked at it, it was going to maybe never heal the way it needed to for him to get back to where he wanted to be.”

PAC-12 MEDIA POLL

NORTH DIVISION

Team (first-place votes)

Pts.

Oregon (37)

262

Stanford (8)

231

California

174

Washington

129

Washington State

89

Oregon State

60

SOUTH DIVISION

Team (first-place votes)

Pts.

USC (32)

254

Arizona State (7)

200

UCLA (6)

180

Arizona

155

Utah

105

Colorado

46

PAC-12 CHAMPION

Team

Votes

USC

21

Oregon

17

Arizona State

13

UCLA

2

Stanford

1

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