Will Rogers keeping options open and Washington is still in play

Will Rogers was Kalen DeBoer's succession plan at quarterback, but Jedd Fisch's plan may look a lot different. Rogers is back in the transfer portal, but keeping every option on the table, including the Huskies.

Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers (2)
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. 1. Head Coach: Jedd Fisch. . . 521. . Washington. .

The spot that may make the most sense for Will Rogers, is the one that he’s in right now. 

Rogers would be the starting quarterback for the Huskies next season unless Jedd Fisch can convince Noah Fifita to come to Seattle with him. If that’s the case, then Rogers should move on, but all indications are that Rogers is interested in playing for Fisch. 

He was in attendance when Fisch met the team, and Nakos reported that Rogers withdrawing his name from the portal to stay with the Huskies is a possibility. 

Dylan Morris already transferred from Washington to James Madison, and the other Huskies quarterbacks, Austin Mack and William Haskell are in the portal right now. That leaves Fisch’s roster thin at the most important position. 

Despite all the roster mechanics in Seattle and across the country, the biggest reason Rogers’ best fit is with Fisch, is the offense on the field. 

Rogers comes from Mike Leach’s air raid system, which relies heavily on a high volume of throws close to the line of scrimmage. Last season, Fifita had an average depth of target of 7.6 yards downfield, and 64.5% of his throws were either behind the line of scrimmage or within nine yards of the line of scrimmage. 

Rogers's highest-ever ADOT was 7.6 this season, but in 2021, his most productive year, it was 6.3. In 2023, only 58% of his throws traveled nine yards or less downfield, but in 2021 that number was 65.4%. 

Fisch will cater his offense to Rogers' accuracy and decision-making, which are both high-level traits. Rogers doesn’t have the mobility that Fifita excelled with, but until Fisch finds his QB of the future, Rogers would be a great fit with his final season of eligibility.

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