It could be a five-way duel for Washington’s starting QB job in the spring and summer of 2019. Meanwhile, Stanford’s D got hit hard by NFL draft departures.
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↑ Rising: Washington’s quarterback depth.
Not even Chris Petersen knows who will start at quarterback when the Huskies take the field on Aug. 31, 2019, for their first season opener of the post-Jake Browning era (against Eastern Washington).
Jacob Eason’s pending return to his homeland after two seasons at Georgia adds another arm to the mix of potential replacements for Browning.
A former 5-star recruit, Eason joins a list that includes four touted underclassmen and incoming recruits.
It could be a five-way duel in the spring and summer of 2019 (unless someone transfers).
The more there are, the tougher the competition, the greater the variety of options, the better the chances of picking the right one.
And we see instances every year (USC in ’16, Arizona in ’17) of coaches picking the wrong one.
↑ Rising: Mark Helfrich.
It’s good to be the former Oregon coach. Not an hour has passed in recent weeks without his name being connected to a coordinator or head coaching vacancy.
Let’s see …
He was a potential candidate for the Arizona’s gig.
Texas supposedly wanted him as its playcaller.
There was the standing offer from Chip Kelly.
Oh, and he had a pretty decent job as an analyst for Fox (and is more than decent, by the way).
Even if none of the opportunities had materialized … even if none of the reports had been true …. the boost to the Helfrich brand was undeniable. (Nothing like having your name in the news, veracity be damned.)
Then came word, early Thursday morning, that the Chicago Bears had hired Helfrich as their offensive coordinator.
He won with the rumors and he won with the reality.
↑ Rising: Arizona’s football search.
The trend line for the Wildcats could change, depending on the outcome of their search. But as the only school currently in the market for a head coach, the attention is plentiful and the opportunities are grand.
But the likelihood of the coaching staff getting the decision correct has increased by an order of magnitude.
It’s worth noting that athletic director Dave Heeke has retained the services of DHR International to assist with the search.
DHR’s point person on such matters…