The Washington Football team will likely find plenty of quarterbacking competition next season with senior Jake Browning mentoring incoming freshmen Jacob Sirmon and Colson Yankoff. So backup QB K.J. Carta-Samuels seeks to transfer for an opportunity to play
The call to collegiate athletes to train, study, and juggle the perilous dual demands of NCAA football is the hope to play on game day. So it is now cause for alarm to learn that Washington Football team backup quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels is seeking the opportunity to play elsewhere. To do so, he must transfer to a different school.
Right now, that is just what he plans to do. In that recent article from 247Sports.com Scott Eklund, Carta-Samuels discusses his interest in playing on the field in front of fans, and not just on the practice field in front of coaches. Right now, the Washington starting quarterback is junior Jake Browning. Browning stands 6-foot-2 and weighs in at 210 pounds. Backup quartback is junior K.J. Carta-Samuels who also stands 6-foot-2 and weighs in at 211 pounds.
And his window of NCAA football opportunity is closing fast.
The team has four quarterbacks on the roster today: Browning, Carta-Samuels, freshman Jake Haener and freshman Daniel Bridge-Gadd. But the play calling neighborhood is about to become crowded, and with two star-capable recruits.
The team is preparing to welcome Jacob Sirmon and Colston Yankoff to the roster for 2018. And from that point on, the future is theirs. Now, it may not be instantaneous combustion. Right now, all signs point to Jake Browning coming back for one more season. That places Haener, Bridge-Gadd, Sirmon, and Yankoff in direct competition to be Browning’s backup. That may not be a bad thing.
Competition sharpens focus and skillset
The Washington Football team is loaded for 2018, thanks to the best recruiting class in the Pac-12. But that raw talent must be developed, mentored, honed and focused. And with a solid corps today and tomorrow, Carta-Samuels realizes he must seek his football passions elsewhere to earn playing time.
But that should not mean less competition for the Huskies. In fact, you can expect furious competition in this year’s preparations. While the Washington Football team did well, there is no doubt that the team did not realize their goals this season. That means the team will train harder, and become more prepared. With the addition of so much talent to the roster, that will sharpen the focus of everyone.
The Huskies have some time to sort it all out. In the meantime, K.J. Carta-Samuels is pursuing his dream of playing football elsewhere.