Analyst: Jeff Lindquist is a better fit for UW’s offense
By Pete Treperinas
Special to 710Sports.com
As is often the case with college football recruiting, the Washington Huskies’ 2012 class took its shape in the last few days before national signing day.
But unlike most programs, UW was able finish its recruiting effort by signing two highly touted quarterbacks in Cyler Miles of Mullen, Colo. and Jeff Lindquist of Mercer Island. Scout.com ranks Lindquist as the No. 8 quarterback in the 2012 class, while Miles comes in at No. 18.
Quarterback Jeff Lindquist threw two touchdown passes in the Jan. 3 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. (AP)
Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports joined “The Kevin Calabro Show” Thursday to recap the Pac-12’s recruiting season and discuss the Huskies’ new quarterback signees.
In Lemming’s eyes, it’s Lindquist who has more potential to become the successor to Keith Price at quarterback for the Huskies.
“I think Miles has gotten more publicity, but I love Jeff Lindquist,” he said. “We had him down at our Semper Fi game. He’s the first quarterback I selected for that game (Lemming helps decide the rosters for the game) and he didn’t disappoint. Jeff’s got a great arm [and] he’s a tremendous leader both on and off the field.”
At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, Lindquist has the build of a pocket passer. He threw for just over 1,900 yards and 22 touchdowns in 11 games a senior at Mercer Island.
Miles is considered as a more athletic quarterback than Lindquist. However, as Lemming points out, that may not be the best option for the Huskies under head coach Steve Sarkisian and his pro-style offense.
“[Lindquist] is a good sized player who can run,” Lemming said. “He’s not a sprinter, but he makes good decisions, better so than Cyler Miles. Miles is a super athlete, great runner, but I think as far as being a pure passer, working with a guy like Steve Sarkisian, I think Jeff is the kind of guy that can really get the job done.”