The Washington Huskies were looking to break through in the Pac 12 North last season on the strength of a breakout season from quarterback Keith Price. Instead, they got an up-and-down performance from Price that ended up with them right back in the middle of the pack. In an attempt to shake things up, Steve Sarkisian will open up starter’s job for an open competition this spring, where a trio of youngsters could push the senior Price right out his job.
Washington’s quarterback depth chart is filled with highly touted recruits behind Price. There’s the pair of redshirt freshmen Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles who have spent a year developing in the Huskies’ system and are ready to show what they can do. They’ll get every opportunity to put the talents that made them four-star recruits coming out of high school on display this spring.
The most intriguing option at quarterback, however, may be true freshman Troy Williams. The four-star recruit was rated as the No. 3 dual threat quarterback in the 2013 recruiting class and enrolled early so that he could participate in spring practice. He will be behind the others as far as experience with the system, but he has the physical ability to potentially push the quarterbacks already in the program.
That isn’t to say that Price is going to get pushed to the sidelines. There were plenty of reasons for the Washington offense to struggle in 2012 (injuries, poor offensive line play), Price was just the most visible target for people’s disappointment. Sarkisian fully expects Price to retain his starting job and will give him every opportunity to do so. As the incumbent, he has infinitely more experience than any of the neophytes behind him.
The open competition is more to push Price to be his best this spring than it is to find his replacement. It will also give Washington a great idea on where their quarterback situation will be after next season when Price moves on from the program. If the signal callers behind him live up to their potential, the Dawgs will be in great shape for years to come.
But the opportunity is there for these young quarterbacks to start the future now. It will take an incredible spring, coupled with a bad showing from Price, but the chance is there to seize the starter’s job. Can any of the talented freshmen wrestle it away from the seasoned senior?