Sophomore quarterback Jake Haener has informed Husky coaches that he will be leaving the Washington Football Program effective immediately.
During fall camp, Haener was deeply entrenched in a position battle with Eason for the starting job and many felt he had a fair chance to win it.
“Jake Haener and Jacob Eason..obviously two really good quarterbacks. It was a tight competition, and you take it as long as you can and you’ve got to make a decision and roll with it.” Petersen said.
Petersen told the media yesterday that the quarterbacks who didn’t win the job handled it professionally when told the news.
The game plan for the Huskies was to play Haener in the season opener as well as Eason which will obviously need to be revamped now.
During his 2017 freshman season, Haener didn’t see any action on the field as he redshirted that year.
Last season (2018) as a redshirt freshman, he played in four games and made his Husky debut in the win over North Dakota, going 7-for-7 for 110 yards and a touchdown.
While Eason has been named the starter, the backup position is now up for grabs for the rest of the season.
“I still want to go back and say how impressed I was with all of our guys, and I really mean that sincerely,” Petersen said. “If you want to talk about competition, raising the level of play in a room, it was all those guys. Jacob Sirmon did a tremendous job. He’s right there. And for Dylan Morris to be a freshman, he can go out there and operate, which most freshmen can’t do with the reps that he got. So it was awesome.”