Transfer quarterbacks are all the rage in college football nowadays but one of the more intriguing situations in the sport has come full circle with just over a week to go before the 2019 season begins in earnest.
As has long been expected, Washington named former Georgia starter and ex-five-star recruit from Seattle Jacob Eason as the Huskies starter to begin the season:
Eason, a 6-foot-6 junior with a big arm, was locked into a tight battle with sophomore Jake Haener in the bid to replace four-year starter Jake Browning.
The highly touted signal-caller had started as a true freshman at Georgia during Kirby Smart’s first season in Athens, throwing for 2,430 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. An injury forced Eason out of the lineup early in 2017 however and he was Wally Pipp’d by Jake Fromm as the Bulldogs’ starter on their way to an appearance in the national title game.
Eason eventually transferred to Washington, which is not all that far from where he starred at Lake Stevens in high school. Though Haener had been Browning’s backup and impressed during the spring, it seems Eason did enough to be named the starter by head coach Chris Petersen.
The Huskies open their season against Eastern Washington at home on Aug. 31.