The Washington Huskies are coming off their most successful season in the last decade but face plenty of transition in 2014. They have a new head coach in Chris Petersen who will be looking to make his mark on the roster and the Dawgs will be without three of their top offensive leaders from 2013, including long-time starting quarterback Keith Price. Coming out of the spring, the race to replace Price is still undecided and could spell trouble for UW next fall.
Originally, it appeared that Cyler Miles would move up into the starting role after serving as Price’s backup in 2013 and seeing some playing time when Price went down with an injury. The freshman showed some promise in spot-duty, completing 61 percent of his passes, accumulating 418 yards and four touchdowns while seeing significant playing time in just two games.
But Miles ran into trouble this offseason when he was part of an assault following the Super Bowl that got himself and receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow suspended from the team indefinitely. Stringfellow plead guilty to three misdemeanors and was ordered to serve five days on a work crew and pay restitution while Miles was never charged. However, both players remain in limbo as Petersen has yet to determine when, or if, the players will rejoin the team.
That left Washington with just two quarterbacks this spring to handle the first-team reps. Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams both showed some good things during the spring, though Lindquist appeared to be a bit ahead of Williams by the end of the spring game. However, Petersen has yet to provide any clarity to the quarterback situation heading into this summer and will be tasked with making a choice quickly once fall camp opens.
It can be daunting enough trying to create a new identity with a program but it’s even harder when you don’t have a quarterback to lead the way. Petersen needs to make some tough choices about the quarterback position before the start of the 2014 season, including: Should Cyler Miles return to the team? If so, should he become the starter? Is Jeff Lindquist prepared to lead the Huskies?
These questions will go a long way in determining Washington’s fate in 2014 and they need answers sooner rather than later.