With Cyler Miles suspended for the opener, Washington knew it would go with someone other than the offseason favorite for the job in the first game of the year. Now, we officially know the identity of that someone.
According to head coach Chris Petersen, sophomore Jeff Lindquist will get the nod at quarterback for the Aug. 30 season opener against Hawaii. Petersen opted for Lindquist over redshirt freshman Troy Williams.
According to Petersen, fewer mistakes from Lindquist compared to his compatriot was the biggest factor in the decision. Neither of the two main players for what’s expected to be a temporary assignment has thrown a pass at the collegiate level.
Petersen did add that Miles will be a factor for the job once he serves the suspension.
Miles was allegedly involved in a pair of assaults in early February, suspended from the team but never charged. He was reinstated in mid-May, prior to his one-game suspension being announced two months later.