Jeff Lindquist went into the summer knowing nothing. In a new position, he had to start from the very bottom and try to work his way up. He caught on quickly and, by the end, was starting to enjoy himself.
Before resuming his competition with redshirt freshman Troy Williams for the Huskies’ starting quarterback job, Lindquist started a summer internship at Ignition Partners, a Bellevue venture capital firm investing in software start-ups.
“It was tough for me at first because I was getting into a world I really had no idea of,” Lindquist said. “It was just a great experience and I really enjoyed it at the end toward the end when I started to get a flow of things.”
Back on the football field Tuesday, Lindquist and Williams were both in a better flow during Day 2 of UW fall camp.
“It was a good summer for us. We worked hard and got better as a team,” Lindquist said. “Day 1 we maybe shook a little rust off, and now today it was a little bit better. But we still have to take some strides forward.”
With sophomore Cyler Miles suspended for the season opener, either Lindquist or Williams will start at Hawaii on Aug. 30. But Lindquist isn’t approaching the quarterback competition as a rivalry.
“It’s not like I’m going up against Troy; I’m not lining up across the line from him,” said Lindquist, a 6-foot-3, 246-pound sophomore from Mercer Island. “So for the most part, however well he does isn’t going to determine whether I do good or bad. If we’re both doing well, then that’s good for the Huskies — and that’s what we’re all about. Whoever starts, starts. So be it.”
As UW’s only two quarterbacks available in the spring, Lindquist and Williams shared snaps — a lot of snaps — and that’s continued in the first two days of the veterans’ practices this week.
“One thing that was great about the spring for me and Troy is we got a lot of reps,” Lindquist said. “For most of us, at least for me, that was the first time I’ve gotten to split a lot of reps, so I was exposed to a lot of things I was good at but also a lot of things I was bad at. So going into the summer in kind of gave me a clear thing to work on.”
Accuracy, Lindquist said, has been one point of emphasis for him.
Offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith said there isn’t a timetable for naming a starter for the Hawaii game. The first scrimmage next Monday (closed to the public) will be a good barometer.
“We’ve got some time. We haven’t set a timetable,” Smith said. “We’re not going to handcuff this thing by saying, ‘We want to know by this point.’ We’re just going to play this out and see if a guy separates.”