Washington football is down to three quarterbacks after the news that the redshirt sophomore will transfer from the program
On Thursday, rumors started swirling that Washington football had found their starting quarterback, naming Jacob Eason the starter for the season opener over Jake Haener. The 2017 three-star recruit has opted to immediately leave the program, making Jacob Sirmon the backup to Eason. The only other quarterback still on the roster is true freshman Dylan Morris.
Chris Petersen had said after officially announcing the starter on Friday, that Haener would also have an opportunity to play in the opener against Eastern Washington on August 31st, saying, “Jake Haener will play in that first game. He should, he deserves it, and he will.” Less than 24 hours after that, the Huskies released a statement saying that Haener has left the program.
Who knows where Haener will go in the portal, but if he is able to adapt to another offense quickly, and is as smart as Petersen says he is, then he should be able to compete for another starting job.
Future for the Huskies
Washington has an elite quarterback waiting in the wings in Jacob Sirmon, and the keys to the kingdom are more than likely going to be his whenever Eason decides to make the jump to the NFL. The Huskies also have Morris, and both have them have been the most improved players on the team, Petersen said on the most recent episode of the Chris Petersen show.
Behind them, the Huskies have two great QB prospects coming in over the next two seasons. Four-star Ethan Garbers will be part of the 2020 class, and the number one QB in the nation, five-star Sam Huard, will be part of the 2021 class. So to say the Huskies are going to have problems at quarterback is quite a stretch.
The only issue is a worst-case scenario for 2019. Let’s say Eason gets hurt during the year, there are only two QB’s on the roster, and none of them have taken a significant amount of reps, LET ALONE any first-team reps. It’s good to have Sirmon take all the reps with the second stringers now, and hopefully (knock on wood) there are no injuries at QB this season.