The most compelling QB battle taking place this summer was between Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer. However, there has been another one taking place at the NCAA level in Seattle that is equally as important to the Washington Huskies.
Sophomore QB Jeff Lindquist has been named the starter for the Huskies first game against Hawaii on August 30th, but who starts after that is anybody’s guess. Head coach Chris Petersen has told reporters that he likes what Lindquist has done in practice, but he has also been very complimentary of redshirt freshman Troy Williams.
Cyler Miles was the favored and expected starter until the coach announced he would be suspended for the first game after violating a team policy. So now Washington is looking at three QB’s, one of whom is facing a suspension while the other two are nipping at his heels looking for the starting role.
At this point, the job seems like it is Lindquist’s to lose, but if Cyler Miles comes back and impresses the coach both on and off the field, he could take back the first-string spot.
The bottom line here is that the Washington Huskies are in a situation they would rather not have to deal with at this point of the football year. Having a three-way QB battle this close to opening kickoff usually spells trouble for the rest of the season. Hopefully they will be able to have a successful year, regardless of their current state.
It will be something interesting to watch play out as the weeks go on.