Matthew has recently been working on his series about the Mariners prospects at different positions. This seems like a good idea. I mean, Matthew does have his Masters Degree so that means he has some good ideas once in a while. You never knew that the amount of good ideas you had were a direct correlate to the amount of education you have, did you? That’s why 7 year old’s ideas are so dumb. This is a tiny bit true although I’m mocking it.
Anyway, as Matthew finishes up his series about the M’s, college football season approaches! Husky football is vastly more interesting than the Mariners these days so my series, which is on each of the 2012 Huskies positions, should be way better than Matthew’s. This really wasn’t a competition until I started writing this. Read his stuff too because he’s a better writer and, if you’re interested in the Mariners farm system, it’s much more revealing.
There’s a little over a month before the Huskies kick off against San Diego State on September 1st and only about 10 days until the Huskies fall camp starts. It will be an exciting time, as this might be Steve Sarkisian’s best Husky team so far. We’ll have more previews on the team as the season draws. Today, I’ll just be talking about the quarterback and will move down the list of positions over the next month (content may continue to be light for the next few weeks because of vacations and such, it’s a busy time. Sorry!).
The quarterback position will probably always be in good hands as long as Sark is here. There were concerns about Keith Price last season but then he turned in one of the most amazing seasons in Husky history. While that was going on, our coach brought in two 4-star recruits to sure up the future. This might be the most cheerful position preview you read, so enjoy it!
Keith Price (RS JR.)
Over the next couple of seasons, Keith Price could become my favorite Husky of all time (it’s a tie between Chris Polk and Tui, at the moment). He has a great story, he’s a great player, and, most of all, he’s just happy to be on the field, playing some ball. His smile has won over Husky nation and I’m not sure that anyone (even opposing fans) can really root against the guy. Oh yeah, the numbers are pretty amazing too. Last year he passed for 33 touchdowns, over 3,000 yards and had a 67% completion percentage to boot. He did most of that on one good leg. I do wonder if he’ll be able to stay healthy for an entire season but we saw what he could do in the Alamo Bowl with a healthy body.
Without Chris Polk around, some have questioned if Price will be as effective. It’s an interesting argument that has some legs but I don’t have many concerns as far as that goes. His numbers may not be quite as efficient but the yards may go up even farther and the Dawgs should be able to muster some sort of rushing attack.
Derrick Brown (RS FR.)
Brown will enter the fall as Price’s backup, if that stays the same for the season remains to be seen. Brown could quickly become a forgotten man on this team because of the talented kids below him and the star above him. With that being said, if Brown performs well he’ll play as Sark has shown a willingness to play the best player. As a quick aside, remember when that wasn’t the case? When Tyrone Willingham was coach I had no idea if the best player at the position was playing. I know expectation are growing for this program, as they should, but let’s be thankful that we made the right decision on this coaching hire. Sark may not be the guy who coaches this team in the next golden age of Husky football but he has truly done an incredible job of getting us out of a deep, dark hole.
Back to Brown, he’s a 6-3, 230 lb. guy who is a fairly mobile guy. He’s from California and was ranked around the number 20 quarterback prospect in the nation by recruiting services. He’ll battle it out for the backup job during camp and I expect that he’ll be listed as the backup quarterback going in to this season. Beyond that, I really have no idea.
Jeff Lindquist (FR.)
Lindquist is from Mercer Island and is a guy that I look forward to seeing over the next few years. I know a few people over on the island and they all raved about Lindquist. Not so much as a football player (although he was surely great in high school) but more as a person. He seems to truly have his head on straight (which is another thing that Sark has done well, bringing in players with good character and running a pretty clean ship). He’s around 6-4, 220 and reminded me of a Jake Locker type style when I watched him live a few times. He runs pretty well, although not as fast as Locker, and has a strong-arm. He was rated in the top 10 quarterbacks by most recruiting services.
Cyler Miles (FR.)
Miles is from Colorado and had an interesting recruiting experience. He committed to the Huskies and then almost flipped to USC at the last second before announcing he was a Dawg. I remember signing day well since I woke up at 6:30 for it…. Anyway, Miles has the best mobility of any U-Dub quarterback. He’s a quick guy. His passing might not be as strong in the passing game as Lindquist but he’s faster. The recruiting services rank these guys very evenly and they’re usually ranked around number 10. I have no idea who will turn out to play more. There is no consensus on who’s better but Sark is working with some good kids and I have a lot of faith that one of them will turn out.
This position is probably the best on the team right now. You can make an argument for the secondary but I don’t think it has more talent than this one. I hope that Price is able to stay healthy and the young guys can redshirt. Also, any of the backups playing this year might be a bit too soon. Sark knows what he’s doing with them though and this position is the least of my worries. That’s a blessing, considering that it’s probably the most important position.
Thanks for reading!