Kalen DeBoer and his University of Washington coaching staff revealed Michael Penix Jr. as their starting quarterback on Tuesday, but that has been only 1 / 2 of their responsibility.
Another part was to do everything they might to talk up the talents of Dylan Morris and Sam Huardwho didn’t obtain the job andprevent them from taking into consideration the transfer portal.
3 years ago, the Huskies under Chris Petersen picked Jacob Eason because the No. 1 quarterback over Jake Haener, with the latter immediately bolting to Fresno State, where he’d redshirt that year for coach Jeff Tedford, play two seasons for DeBoer because the Bulldogs starter and is currently considered among the nation’s best at his position.
“For me personally, this is simply not fun,” offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb said of experiencing tell another two UW quarterbacks they didn’t obtain the job. “It’s way harder in it.”
On Monday, Grubb and DeBoer met separately with each one of the quarterbacks to relay their decision in their mind. The next day, Morris was still among the first players to reach for practice, which includes been his routine. Morris may be the back-up to Penix, with Huard third on the depth chart.
“Our advice in their mind was arrive and keep throwing punches,” Grubb said. “The only real mistake you may make is shutting it down.”
Throughout spring and fall practice, the left-handed Penix clearly separated himself from others by showing great cool under great pressure, the opportunity to scramble and a good throwing arm coming at many angles.
Morris and Huard, who each started for the Huskies last fall, bring experience but didn’t have the very best quarterback coaching throughout a 4-8 season, with previous offensive coordinator John Donovan getting fired for performance with three games left to play.
“Of all guys who made the largest jump in camp was Sam,” Grubb said, noting his improved handling of the offense. “Dylan may be the guy everybody trusts, knows just what to accomplish, move someone, changes the protection, and that is where he’s slightly bit before Sam. That is clearly a tight deal.”
DeBoer and Grubb both intimated they might be comfortable using some of their three Husky quarterbacks this year. However, Penix won the work outright and you will be the starter on Sept. 3 against Kent State.
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For Morris and Huard, if each one headed for the transfer portal following this it could be somewhat of a surprise.
A 6-foot-2, 193-pound redshirt freshman and another left-hander, Huard may be the son and nephew of previous Husky quarterbacks Damon and Brock Huard. He’s got four seasons of eligibility remaining, this means his time should come. In talking with him, young Huard appears to have bought in to the new staff and their teachings.
For Morris, the 6-foot, 197-pound sophomore has always discussed how he was raised as a Husky fan and wished to function as UW quarterback since he was a youngster. A two-season starter with three seasons of eligibility left, he’s more prone to utilize the competitor in him to win his job back instead of leave.
Needless to say, Haener, the son of a UW grad and a Bay Area TV anchorwoman, was equally specialized in this program from an early on age and highly competitive, aswell. Yet his pride wouldn’t permit him in which to stay Seattle and back up Eason to begin with the 2019 season.
Had Haener stayed put, he’d have already been a sophomore that year who likely could have replaced Eason later in the growing season once the Georgia transfer begun to struggle.
If Haener hadn’t left orhad he transferred when DeBoer got the jobhe’d be considered a sixth-year quarterback for the Huskies now & most likely the starter.
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