It didn't take long for the dominoes to fall. On Friday afternoon, Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen confirmed the news that junior Jacob Eason had won the starting quarterback job over Jake Haener, Jacob Sirmon, and Dylan Morris. Twenty-four hours later, Haener, the junior from Danville, Calif. has transferred from Montlake.
Per a statement from UW, "Sophomore quarterback Jake Haener has elected to leave the Washington football program, effective immediately."
Haener was the only returning quarterback with any experience playing for the Huskies last season. He was 9-13 for 107 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. That one pick was a pick-six against California. The Golden Bears beat UW that day 12-10.
"Jacob Eason will be our starting quarterback," Petersen said to the media on Friday, confirming the news that had broken a day earlier. "I want to go back and say how impressed I was with all of our guys and I really mean that sincerely. If you want to talk about competition raising the level of play, in the room, it was all of those guys. Jacob Sirmon did a tremendous job, he's right there, and for Dylan Morris to be a freshman, he can operate which most freshman can't do with the reps that he got. Jake Haener and Jacob Eason, obviously two really good quarterbacks, tight competition and you take it as long as you can and you gotta make a decision and roll with it. Jake Haener will play in our first game. He should, he deserves it and he will. I'm excited for that whole room."
If Haener was told he would get snaps in the first game, then the timing of the decision seems curious, but if Haener was set on trying to find a place to land before school starts then the timing makes a lot more sense.