I’m going to run through positional overviews for the Dawgs for next year, starting with quarterbacks. I thought about waiting until the new recruits are in, but most of them will redshirt and, as I said in my last post, I don’t really know much about them anyway. I’ll mention recruits if I think I have reason to, but the aim of these posts is to see what the Huskies have on hand for 2012. Enjoy!
Who They Lose
Keith Price– Junior: Price just completed his first season as starter, and it’s hard to imagine what he could do for an encore. His 2011 was arguably the best season by a Husky QB in history. He set virtually every single-season record except for yardage, which Cody Pickett holds. It did take Pickett a lot more attempts than Price, so I’d argue that Price’s season was better. He showed a significantly stronger arm and better accuracy than most expected, and his impressive knowledge of the offense was a popular topic of conversation.
The lone drawback with Price is a lack of durability. He only missed one game, and he probably could have gutted that one out, but he spent nearly the entire season with leg injuries that hampered his mobility. The Alamo Bowl provided a glimpse of Price’s running ability, and if that can be a more permanent part of his game, he’s going to be incredibly scary. It’s easy to say that he’ll put on 15 pounds this winter and be more durable, but I don’t know if he can even do that or how much it will help if he does. Whether he can run free or not, another year to continue to mature and improve, coupled with the progression of Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, should make Price into one of the premier college QBs in the country. This position is in better hands than any other on the team.
Nick Montana– Sophomore
Derrick Brown– RS Freshman
Thomas Vincent- RS Freshman
Entering 2011, Montana and Price both had a shot at the starting job. Price won it, of course, and when Montana filled in a few times later in the season, it was easy to see why. Montana looked mostly overmatched, with arm strength and accuracy issues. Starting him over Price against Oregon State, when Price was hobbled with bad knees, probably cost the Huskies the game. It was easy and popular to say that Montana would never be an elite quarterback in the Pac-12, and many speculated that he would transfer now that Price has cemented himself into the position seemingly until Montana’s senior year.
No one will argue that Montana was unimpressive, and it’s hard to say what he’ll become. It’s easy to forget that he was only a redshirt freshman, though. He has plenty of time to improve, and most people who know think he will. It’s possible that he transfers, but there’s been no indication that he is thinking about it. I would expect that he’s here to stay, and I think he’ll be dramatically improved and serve as a solid backup in 2012. Brown was a somewhat unheralded recruit in 2011, but he’s drawn some raves since stepping on campus. He’s a big, athletic guy with possibly the strongest arm currently on campus. Hopefully, he won’t be needed this year, but he shows a lot of potential. Vincent is a walk on who will likely never see the field in his career, but he sounds like he has some genuine talent and athleticism, even if it’s only ever used to run the scout team. He walked on with the Huskies over some lower level offers, which is always welcome.
Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles
As I said, I won’t mention too many recruits, but these two are hard to pass up. Both committed early to the UW, and both are ranked around 15th among quarterbacks in the nation, and that may be a little low with the way they’re playing in the postseason events. Both are athletic guys with big arms. Both won the MVP awards in national high school all star games last week. It’s pretty rare to get two elite quarterbacks like this in the same class. Both seem very solid in their commitments to the Huskies, but every school on the west coast will be coming hard at them this month. Lindquist, from Mercer Island, seems certain to stick with the Dawgs. Miles seems like more of a question, but only because he’s from Colorado. He’s given no indication of looking elsewhere. Right now, they are the gems of the UW recruiting class and should keep the Husky quarterback position in good hands for the next half a decade.