The quarterback situation for the Washington Huskies has suffered some major setbacks this offseason. After looking to be one of the few settled QB races in the Pac-12 with the return of Cyler Miles, the Huskies were rocked when Miles went on “indefinite leave” from the team leaving a major hole under center for UW heading into 2015.
Their deficiency at quarterback, however, will be getting some help this fall after junior college transfer Tony Rodriguez signed a financial aid agreement with the school and will be eligible to contribute immediately this fall. The move helps the Huskies cope with their quarterback issue immediately and likely means they are moving on from Miles (or at the very least no longer waiting for him to return).
There were high hopes for Miles to take his game to the next level in 2015 after a moderately successful first season as a starter in 2014. He threw for 2,397 yards while completing 66.6 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He missed two games, though, for varying reasons, including a one-game suspension to start the year for an off-field incident last offseason and an injury that kept him sidelined for a week.
In his absence, Chris Petersen turned to an inexperienced group of signal callers in junior Jeff Lindquist, redshirt freshman K.J. Karta-Samuels, and true freshman Jake Browning. While Lindquist provides the most steady option under center and the most experience, Karta-Samuels and Browning have both shown great flashes. None of them, however, separated themselves during the spring and the quarterback situation in Seattle remained unsettled.
Adding Rodriguez to the mix provides greater depth at the quarterback position and gives the Huskies a possible difference-maker under center. After throwing for 2,382 yards and 18 touchdowns against just four interceptions, Rodriguez was named the offensive player of the year on the Region I all-California junior college team at City College of San Francisco.
With another able body added to the mix, Washington figures to bolster their quarterback depth this fall by moving on from the absent Cyler Miles. Will Rodriguez be able to help fill the void for the Huskies and get UW into the thick of the Pac-12 race?