SEATTLE -- There won’t be a lot of elbow room when all the Washington Husky quarterbacks gather for position meetings this spring. Dividing up equal practice time among six passers might seem like a problem, but the Dawgs are eager for competition to find a back-up this season and starter for the future.
Jake Browning is the main man again. The senior from Folsom, California, has already broken UW career touchdown passing records and will carve his name at the top of most other program quarterback categories. He’s driven by not only leading the Huskies to a College Football Playoff berth, but also winning a big bowl game.
Browning is excited to work with the team’s new offensive coordinator Bush Hamdan, who brings some fresh ideas after a stint as quarterbacks coach with Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. Hamdan is no stranger to the Chris Petersen offensive system, having played for him at Boise State and coached receivers at Washington.
K.J. Carta-Samuels transfer to Colorado State opens the door for sophomore Daniel Bridge-Gadd to seize the important primary back-up role for Washington. The former Gatorade High school player of the year in the state of Arizona hasn’t seen much game action during his two seasons in purple and gold.
JAKE and JACOB
There are four signal-callers on this Washington Husky roster with the first name Jake or Jacob.
Red shirt freshman Jake Haener wears number 13 and hails from from Danville, California. He’s the shortest of the QB candidates, but has a strong arm and showed decent mobility in 2017 spring and fall camp.
Former Washington State High school player of the year Jacob Eason from Lake Stevens has transferred back to his roots after two years with the University of Georgia. Eason hurt his knee and could never regain his Bulldog’s starting job from another Jake, Jake Fromm. He remembered an open invitation from coach Petersen and enrolled at UW. Eason has to sit out the 2018 season, but is allowed to practice.
True freshman Jacob Sirmon from Bothell, Washington, wanted to be a Husky most of his life, committing to the program in December of 2015. At 6?-5?, 227 pounds, he’s the biggest of the Husky quarterbacks.
Perhaps the most athletic of the bunch is Colson Yankoff from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The Inland Empire’s offensive MVP passed for over 6,400 yards and ran for another 2,100 during his high school career.
Coach Petersen was forced to use Jake Browning in his true freshman season. With this deep, talented quarterback group, the Huskies have the luxury of grooming his heir-apparent in 2018.
Washington kicks off 15 spring practices Wednesday March 28. The work-outs culminate with Husky Spring Preview Saturday, April 21. That series of scrimmages is open and free to fans at Husky Stadium. Hear spring camp reports and the preview on the radio home of the Huskies, KOMO NEWS 1000 AM/ FM 97.7