The upcoming season marks the second and final year for Michael Penix Jr as Washington football’s quarterback.
As Michael Penix Jr. prepares to depart for the NFL following the 2023 season, the Washington football program must now focus on building its future without him.
The Huskies currently have only two scholarship quarterbacks on their roster; Dylan Morris and Austin Mack.
Morris is a redshirt junior who started 15 total games between 2021 and 2022, including the abysmal 4-8 season under Jimmy Lake. However, with over a year of development under Kalen DeBoer and Ryan Grubb, he has a big chance to take over the reins after Penix’s departure.
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At the same time, Mack, an incoming freshman, provides hope for the Huskies’ future. Originally a 2024 recruit, Mack decided to reclassify and enroll early, demonstrating his enthusiasm to contribute to the team.
The remaining quarterbacks on the roster include walk-ons Tyson Lang (Sophomore), Camdyn Stiegeler (Redshirt Freshman), Teddy Purcell (Sophomore), and Alex Johnson, a junior transfer.
While their roles are all supplementary at this point, their development and potential impact cannot be overlooked.
Aside from the current quarterback lineup at Washington, the Huskies continue their recruiting efforts. Three-star 2024 QB E.J. Caminong announced his decommitment from the program, while the Huskies extended an offer to and are expecting a visit by Etiwanda High School’s Dermaricus Davis.
As the Huskies prepare for life after Penix, they are committed to nurturing their current lineup of quarterbacks as well as recruiting promising talents.