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QB Dylan Morris Enters Transfer Portal

The Huskies lose their backup quarterback to the portal after 5 years at Washington

NCAA Football: Kent State at Washington Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington will enter the 2024 football season without either their starting or backup quarterback as Dylan Morris entered the transfer portal today. The former four-star Puyallup native threw for 3,721 yards with 20 TDs and 17 INTs during his Husky career. He becomes the second member of the team to enter the portal so far this offseason along with safety Vincent Nunley.

Morris has been a point of controversy among the fanbase for many years. He won out a 3-way competition to succeed Jacob Eason back in 2020 over Jacob Sirmon and Kevin Thomson. The Huskies only played 4 games in the Covid-shortened year but Morris played well for a redshirt freshman averaging 8.2 yards per attempt and leading a furious 4th quarter comeback to beat Utah.

The wheels fell off for Morris during the 2021 season which started with a home loss to FCS Montana where the offense managed just 7 points (scored on the opening drive). Injuries of various length to Terrell Bynum, Rome Odunze, Jalen McMillan, and Ja’Lynn Polk certainly didn’t help Morris’ cause. Neither did playing in OC Jon Donovan’s antiquated run-heavy scheme. By the end of the year Morris appeared nearly broken after getting sacked 21 times and throwing 12 interceptions before Sam Huard started the Apple Cup in his place. Donovan was fired midseason, as was head coach Jimmy Lake.

New head coach Kalen DeBoer brought in Michael Penix Jr. through the transfer portal to compete with Morris in 2022 and all Penix has done is have the most productive back-to-back seasons for a Husky passer in school history. Morris waited his turn as the backup to Penix for 2 seasons in the hopes of getting the starting gig upon Penix’s graduation. He threw for 12.2 yards per attempt over the last two years almost entirely during the end of blowout victories.

It appears though that the coaching staff wasn’t sold on handing over the reins to Morris. When the transfer portal opened last week, it did so among rampant speculation about a connection between Washington and Mississippi State transfer QB Will Rogers. The Huskies reportedly were also interested in bringing in Washington State transfer QB Cam Ward. Washington has their heir apparent currently on the roster in Austin Mack but since he is still only 17 years old it makes sense that he could use one more year of seasoning before taking over a starting gig. This move makes it much more likely Mack is the backup though in 2024.

It seemed unlikely though that Morris would be interesting in spending his 6th and final year of eligibility on the bench without a chance to show that he has taken major steps under the tutelage of DeBoer, Grubb, and Penix. That would be the most likely outcome if a multi-year starter from another program were brought in through the portal this cycle. Now Morris will get the chance to show his stuff in a less crowded QB room elsewhere.

In interviews this past year, Morris mentioned that he has an interest getting into coaching after his career is over and that learning from DeBoer and Grubb has been tremendous for that. Here’s to hoping that Dylan sees major success wherever he ends up this offseason and that he is able to be back in purple and gold wearing a headset at some point as part of the staff. So many quarterbacks would have been gone the second that Penix announced his return last year. It’s just unfortunate that the realities of finding a new home for next year are forcing Morris to enter the portal before the team plays in the College Football Playoff. Best of luck Dylan and thank you for 5 years of patience and loyalty.