Washington football has an ongoing quarterback battle, who’s going to start the game against Eastern Washington?
Last year, as a redshirt freshman Jake Haener played in four games for Washington football. The most notable game was against the California Golden Bears on October 27, when Chris Petersen decided to bench Jake Browning late in the 3rd quarter. Haener ended up throwing a pick-six on third down, which ended up being the deciding factor in that game.
Jacob Eason was the starting quarter at Georgia in 2016 his freshman year. He started in 12 of the 13 games the Bulldogs played that season. He threw for 2430 yards with 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. The Bulldogs had a record of 8-5 including a win over TCU in the Liberty Bowl. His sophomore season he started the opener but was injured. He did play in six games but wasn’t considered the starting quarterback any longer so he decided to transfer to Washington.
Eason went to Lake Stevens (Wash.) High School. The Huskies did recruit him out of high school, but the presence of Browning, who was coming off of being named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, sent him to Georgia where he could play right away. Eason injured his knee in the opening game of the 2017 season and lost his job to Jake Fromm, who led the Bulldogs to the national championship. He then transferred to Washington prior to the 2018 season.
Because of his experience playing in the SEC and arm-talent, Eason probably has the upper hand. His accuracy leaves some question marks, but he’s definitely the more talented player.
Whichever quarterback does start the season, the other one will probably get some playing time early on in the season, depending on game situations. Also, if the offense isn’t running the way coach Petersen would like it going he will go to the other guy. It will be exciting to have a competitive race between them, and it’ll be an interesting matchup to watch come summer camp.