As first reported by Rivals.com, Washington QB Jacob Sirmon has entered the transfer portal and will likely be leaving the Husky program. It has since been confirmed by Christian Caple of The Athletic, Mike Vorel of the Seattle Times, and 247 Sports.
This move was seemingly inevitable after Sirmon was beaten out in the quarterback competition this fall by Dylan Morris. Sirmon is a year older than Morris and with 5-star QB Sam Huard also signed on to join the program it would have taken a massive improvement by Sirmon or several injuries to envision him ever locking down the job.
This marks the second time that Sirmon has entered the portal. 2 years ago both Sirmon and QB Colson Yankoff who at the time were 3rd and 4th on the Husky depth chart both decided to leave independently of one another. However, once Yankoff announced that he was committed to departing Sirmon decided to stick around.
Sirmon finished 3rd in the fall of 2019 but Jake Haener decided to head to Fresno State which left Sirmon as the backup. However, Jacob Eason never got hurt last year and so Sirmon played only 15 total snaps and amassed just 13 yards on 4 dropbacks. This season it appeared to be a 4-way competition with Morris, Sirmon, grad transfer Kevin Thomson, and true freshman Ethan Garbers. It’s unclear whether Sirmon finished 2nd or 3rd because Thomson appeared to be banged up for the first few games of the season but he certainly did not win the job. He came in for the final few drives of the blowout Arizona game and completed 1 pass for 9 yards and scrambled twice for a combined 5 yards.
Jacob entered the program out of nearby Bothell high school essentially tied in the 247 Sports composite ranking system with fellow UW QB commit Colson Yankoff as the 2nd highest rated player in the 2018 recruiting class. He leaves Washington with the potential to have up to 4 scholarship quarterbacks on the roster depending on whether grad transfer Kevin Thomson decides to return and if Ethan Garbers decides to stay and fight for the job next fall.
We wish Jacob the best of luck wherever he ends up. He stuck around an extra 2 years to try to win the starting job close to home. He stuck around when Jacob Eason was brought in to leapfrog him on the depth chart. Now that it is crystal clear that the hope of becoming the starting QB at the University of Washington is over, he’s moving on. Hopefully he’s able to find a Mountain West job and ascend to the starting role like Jake Haener this season.
Good luck Jacob!