Washington coach Chris Petersen officially announces Huskies starting quarterback
The decision from Washington is officially in — Jacob Eason has won the quarterback competition heading into the season.
Eason, a former five-star recruit, signed with Georgia out high school, earning the starting job in Athens as a true freshman in the program’s first season under Kirby Smart. Eason was injured in the first game of his sophomore season, which cleared the path for true freshman Jake Fromm to enter the starting lineup — a title Fromm holds to this day.
After losing his starting role at Georgia, Eason transferred to Washington and had to sit out the 2018 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Now he enters the 2019 season as the team’s starter.
Chris Petersen confirmed the news on Friday.
“Jacob Eason will be our starting quarterback,” Petersen announced in a video shared by Lars Hanson of Rivals. “I still want to go back and say how impressed I was with all of our guys, I really mean that sincerely. If you want to talk about competition raising the level of play, in a room, with all those guys. Jacob Sirmon did a tremendous job, he’s right there. Dylan Morris, a freshman, he went out there and performed with the reps he got.”
While Eason has earned the starting spot in Washington, Petersen has been so impressed with sophomore Jake Haener that he vows to play the quarterback during the team’s opener.
“Two really good quarterbacks, tight competition, you take it as long as you can then you make a decision and roll with it,” Petersen added. “Jake Haener will play in our first game, he should and he deserves it, and he will.”
Washington’s season starts Saturday, August 31 with a home game against Eastern Washington.