3) The other Jake was outstanding
Quarterback Jake Haener was terrific in his first collegiate action. The Redshirt freshman went seven for seven totaling 110 yards and led the Huskies to two fourth-quarter scores. Haener showed the ability to make all of the throws including impressive back shoulder completions.
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The Huskies looked like they were prepared for the future after Browning moves on at the end of the year. It is only a small sample size against a lesser opponent, but Haener certainly has the tools to be a good college quarterback.
Some fans were getting carried away on social media about potentially the younger Jake replacing the elder Jake by midseason. that isn’t going to happen. Browning is too talented and too much of a team leader to lose his job. He played very well against Auburn and should have a solid game against Utah this week.
Haener is not as big as Browning, but he possesses a good arm and showed the ability to march UW down the field. However, the only way we see Haener again this season would be due to injury or another blowout win. Look for Browning to be far sharper this week.
The Huskies have proven that they can compete with SEC power Auburn and win big without playing their best against North Dakota. The 45-3 win wasn’t pretty, but there is no “style points” column in the standings.
The Huskies will have to be even better, however, in conference play if they want to be a Playoff team. The Utes are waiting to finish the deal this time for sure.