Redshirt sophomore Jeff Lindquist will start at quarterback for the Huskies in their season opener at Hawaii Aug. 30, University of Washington football coach Chris Petersen said Friday. Lindquist, battling for the starting job with redshirt freshman Troy Williams, will be appearing in his fourth college game. He has yet to throw pass.
Petersen added that Cyler Miles, the favorite to replace the graduated Keith Price but suspended for the Hawaii game due to a post-Super Bowl assault case in which Miles was not charged, will be in the mix to start after serving the suspension.
The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Lindquist graduated from Mercer Island High School, used his redshirt year in 2012 and played in three games last season on a limited basis. He carried once for five yards against Idaho State, played briefly in Washington’s victory over Colorado, and had a five-yard carry against Oregon State.
Lindquist concluded his high school career with 6,061 passing yards and 2,520 rushing yards. As a senior, he completed 141 of 255 passes for 1,916 yards and 22 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also rushed for 826 yards and 12 scores on 147 carries, helping lead Islanders to an 8-3 record and a berth in the state playoffs.
Lindquist was KingCo 3A/2A Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-league quarterback in 2011. He was also named first-team Associated Press 3A all-state and was MVP of the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
The Huskies, ranked 25th in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls, and Hawaii will kick off at 7:30 p.m. PT in Honolulu. Washington’s home opener is Sept. 6 against Eastern Washington.