Washington Huskies

Huskies may play two quarterbacks against Boise State

Washington quarterback Jeff Lindquist, a Mercer Island High grad, says he doesn’t mind occasional contact during practice.
Washington quarterback Jeff Lindquist, a Mercer Island High grad, says he doesn’t mind occasional contact during practice. Staff photographer

Nothing has been settled in Washington’s three-man quarterback competition, and UW coach Chris Petersen says it’s possible he may not announce a starter before the Sept. 4 season opener at Boise State.

Petersen also reiterated that he is open to a two-quarterback system, and because of UW’s young roster he says the starting unit could be in flux well into the season.

“You know, I don’t know if it’s going to be one of those things, ‘Hey, this is the guy -- away we go, it’s all settled forever,’” Petersen said Tuesday. “We’ll obviously have a starting quarterback for game one. But we’re not there. We’re getting closer. These kids have gotten a lot of reps, and I think we’re kind of formulating our plan and we’ve got a few more days to figure that out.”

He said junior Jeff Lindquist, redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels and true freshman Jake Browning are all preparing as if they will start against the 23rd-ranked Broncos.

“I think everybody wants to have one guy (who is) the guy. Are we there? We’re not there,” Petersen said. “And we might be in a few days and we might be in a couple months. And again, it’s not something I want because I know it’s going to be such a hot topic from you guys -- ‘What about the quarterback? ‘What about the quarterback?’ -- that we’ve always got to talk about (it). But it is what it is. We’ve got to take it day by day, week by week.”

One factor to consider, as UW offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith has said, is the inexperience on the Huskies’ offensive line. The line will look entirely different than it did in January’s Cactus Bowl, and do the Huskies want Browning, 205-pound true freshman, “thrown to the wolves” behind that new line right away?

Or would it be better to have a dual-threat quarterback -- in the mold of Lindquist and Carta-Samuels -- in there, at least early on?

“All that’s factored in. All of it is,” Petersen said. “But we’re just trying to say at that position, ‘What gives us the best chance at this time? ...

“It’s going to be like that this year, and I can see that not just at the quarterback position. It’s going to be some young guys that we’re going to keep pushing. And I don’t think, hey, we’ve got (10) days until we play our first game -- I think about, OK, where are we going to be a month from now? Because whether it’s a true freshman or a redshirt freshman or a true sophomore, we have so many of those guys that we’re going to keep pressing them and keep improving. So that’s how I kind of see this.”