Fall camp begins for the Huskies on Aug. 4, and as we count down to the start of Chris Petersen’s first season at Washington, we’ll preview each position on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the three weeks leading up to the start of camp.
Who’s gone: Keith Price, a three-year starter and UW’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (among 10 other school records)
— Redshirt sophomore Cyler Miles, 6-4, 217 pounds; 2014 stats: 37 of 61 passing (60.7 percent) for 418 yards, 4 touchdowns, 2 interceptions; 23 carries for 224 yards (8.7 yards per carry).
— Redshirt sophomore Jeff Lindquist, 6-3, 240; 2014 stats: 3 games, 2 carries for 10 yards.
— Redshirt freshman Troy Williams, 6-2, 199; redshirted in 2014.
Who’s new: Freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels, 6-2, 227, Saratoga, Calif. (Bellarmine Prep)
Outlook: Last we heard from Petersen was that the quarterback spot was “wide open,” and that should remain the case for the start of fall camp. With Miles suspended for all of spring ball, Lindquist and Williams split valuable snaps in the 15 practices while learning the offense and the expectations of the new coaching staff. Both young quarterbacks were up and down throughout spring, but “they improved as much as anybody,” Petersen said. Lindquist was terrific during the rain-soaked spring game, unofficially completing 11 of 15 attempts for 134 yards with four touchdowns and one interception (while, notably, playing against mostly the No. 2 defense). Williams, the touted redshirt freshman, was 11 of 18 for 38 yards in the spring game while playing against most of the starting defense.
Miles, reinstated to full team activities on May 14, figures to be a bit behind coming into fall camp in his grasp of the offense, but he’ll surely be given every chance to catch up quickly. Miles is the only quarterback on the roster who has thrown a pass in a college game — he was spectacular in relieving an injured Price at UCLA last season was solid in his first start at Oregon State the next week — and he is the overwhelming favorite to claim the full-time starting job for 2014.