With former Wasington QB Keith Price gone, it was expected that sophomore Cyler Miles would be next line to start under center for the Huskies in 2014.
However, an offseason incident where Miles and former Husky Damore'ea Stringfellow were indefinitely suspended for their alleged involvement in an on-campus assault threw a wrench in those plans for the time being. Miles would later be reinstated in mid-May, but Petersen ultimately made the decision to suspend Miles for the season opener at Hawaii on August 30th. The question now was: Who would be under center when the season kicked off?
Petersen announced Friday that sophomore Jeff Lindquist would be the starting quarterback next week when the Huskies travel to Honolulu to take on the Warriors. Lindquist has been in a competition for the job with RS freshman Troy Williams since this spring, and Petersen feels like he's ready to go:
Coach Pete tells media that Jeff Lindquist will start vs. Hawai'i #udub— UW Football (@UW_Football) August 22, 2014
In his freshman year at UW, Lindquist appeared in three games on clean-up duty for the Huskies. While he didn't attempt a pass, he finished the year with two carries for ten yards, and is a durable running threat if need be. Lindquist made the biggest for the starting job in last Saturday's scrimmage, where he completed 7 of 15 passes for 84 yards, with no turnovers, which is something Williams has struggled with during the offseason.
Coach Petersen says once Miles is reinstated, he will factor into the starting quarterback job the next week vs. Eastern Washington, but for now, the Huskies offense will be headed up by Lindquist.