As UW begins its second week of fall camp, the quarterback competition rolls on.
The Huskies begin their second week of fall camp today with a closed scrimmage, a small but important milestone in the buildup to the season opener at Boise State 20 days from now.
At some point soon, the Huskies will want to start to make sense of a firmer two-deep depth chart; guys who are going to play most often will need to get the most reps in practice. And that is especially true at quarterback, where the two freshmen — redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels and Jake Browning — will need all the practice snaps they can get in the next few weeks if there’s a chance they will play in the opener.
On Thursday, UW coach Chris Petersen said the competition had no clear separation between the freshmen and fourth-year junior Jeff Lindquist.
“They’re all pretty good,” he said. “Nobody’s right where we need ’em to be. And I’m not saying that (to be evasive) — that’s the reality of the situation. They’re all doing a pretty good job, but I don’t think one has separated himself.”
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Who will it be? A case could be made for all three.
Lindquist is the only quarterback with any game experience, and he did show improvement in his accuracy in the spring. He’s tough and he’s versatile, but it’s fair to wonder whether the Huskies would really be using him as the punter’s “personal protector” if he was the best quarterback option.
Carta-Samuels is the X-factor. Like Lindquist, he has a strong arm and adds another threat with his legs. But KJCS has little experience in the spread offense and has had an inconsistent first week in camp.
Browning offers the most upside, but is he ready to make the leap to the Pac-12? And the bigger picture: In what many see as a rebuilding year, would it be better for UW to redshirt Browning?
(For those asking, Petersen has said the plan is for junior-college transfer Tony Rodriguez to redshirt. Rodriguez just arrived on campus a month or so ago and it would seem impossible for him to fully grasp the offense in such a short time. He’s here now to offer depth.)
So who do you want to see as the Huskies’ starting quarterback?
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Reminder: The Huskies’ lone practice open to the public starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Husky Stadium. UW’s Picture Day event follows from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Admission and parking is free.