After almost a month of rumors, the Washington Huskies finally announced the transfer of QB Jacob Eason from Georgia. He will have to redshirt this year and then will have two remaining years of eligibility in 2019 and 2020.
Coming out of Lake Stevens High School, Eason was viewed as the top QB in the entire country and one of the top five players at any position. He initially committed to Mark Richt and reconsidered his options once Kirby Smart took over, but decided to stay with Georgia.
Eason was named the starter from day one at Georgia and threw for 2,430 yards with 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in his freshman year. However, he suffered a leg injury in the opening half of the Bulldogs’ first game against Appalachian State this year and local freshman 5-star Jake Fromm took over—and that was all it took to get Wally Pipped. Fromm led Georgia to a tough road victory over Notre Dame and by the time Eason was healthy the Bulldogs weren’t willing to make the switch back. Georgia ultimately lost in the National Championship game to Alabama with Fromm at the helm. With another local 5-star on the way as well, Eason saw the writing on the wall and transferred out.
This is a huge get for Washington. Eason’s natural arm talent is phenomenal. He can make any throw to any part of the field. The question is and always has been whether he has what it takes between the ears to be successful. Coach Petersen has had his greatest success with Kellen Moore and Jake Browning, a pair of QBs without elite arms but who didn’t throw interceptions and made the right read almost all of the time.
Washington was already stacked at the QB position but now they have a true embarrassment of riches. Incumbent Jake Browning will be the starter but his backup is unclear. 2017 backup senior K.J. Carta-Samuels transferred to UCLA and there were also rumors in December that soph Daniel Bridge-Gadd may transfer as well. However, there are also redshirt freshman Jake Haener and an incoming pair of true freshman 4-star stud recruits in Jacob Sirmon and Colson Yankoff coming in. That’s in addition to already committed 4-star QB Dylan Morris added to the equation.
The QB room is crowded but the single most important position in all of team sports is quarterback and having an answer there is what leads to sustained success. The Huskies have stacked the odds in their favor by adding three QBs with impressive résumés into the fold this offseason. We’ll wish all of them the best of luck and patiently look on as the depth chart figures itself out.
Welcome Jacob Eason and Go Dawgs!