Sophomore Jeff Lindquist today was named as the University of Washington’s starting quarterback for the Aug. 30 season opener against Hawaii at Aloha Stadium.
Huskies coach Chris Petersen made the announcement after the team’s practice, according to media reports.
“Jeff Lindquist will start. We’ll go with him and see how he does,” Petersen told the Seattle Times. “He’s done a great job from spring through now.”
Neither the 6-foot, 3-inch, 246-pound Lindquist nor his competitor for the starting job in the opener, redshirt freshman Troy Williams, has thrown a pass in a college game.
Washington’s three-year starter, Keith Price, has gone on to the pros and his projected successor, Cyler Miles, is suspended for the season opener.
Petersen told the Times, “I will say this: Troy Williams has done a really nice job, too. And I think we were splitting hairs trying to figure this out. Both have different skillsets they bring to the table, but at this point we feel like we need to give Jeff the nod and let him roll…”
The 25th-ranked Huskies are a 15 1/2-point favorite on Las Vegas betting lines.