It is the end of an era.
The greatest quarterback in the University of Washington’s history has left the building. No, silly, not Colson Yankoff. I’m talking about Jacob Roquefort Browning IV, also known as Jake Browning.
Browning finished his Husky career first in program history in passing yardage, first in passer rating, second in adjusted yards per attempt and first in touchdowns. He also helped lead the Huskies to two conference championships, a Rose Bowl appearance, and two other New Year’s Six bowls (Peach and Fiesta), which included a College Football Playoff berth.
Did he have a cannon for an arm (especially after injuring his shoulder late in the 2016 dream season)? No. Was he ever quite the same after both Jeff Tedford (to Fresno State) and John Ross (to the Bengals) left the program? No. Did he try a few too many times to be Russell Wilson?
But that shouldn’t take much away from what he did for this program and where the Huskies are now that he’s left for the NFL.
So please, leave Jake Browning alone.
With the end of an era, some things change but some things stay the same. Chris Petersen and Jimmy Lake are still here, still recruiting like crazy and still have a talented roster able to compete for a Pac-12 title.
The 2018 Huskies offense was very efficient (both passing and rushing) but not very explosive (either passing or rushing). Program legends Browning and Myles Gaskin have gone. In their place are two very talented and promising stars: Salvon Ahmed (who absolutely brings the explosiveness to the running game) and our next Jake You Should Leave Alone: Jacob Eason.
Eason was a much-heralded five-star recruit out of Lake Stevens who originally opted to head to Georgia and SEC country in 2016. He started his freshman season and showcased moments of brilliance and exceptional talent but also growing pains. Georgia’s passing game simply wasn’t very good: the Bulldogs were 108th (read: bad) in passing success rate and 70th (read: average-to-mediocre) in passing explosiveness. Eason himself only had a 2:1 TD:INT ratio and l could muster a mere 5.9 Y/A. Still, that’s as a true freshman in the SEC.
Here’s why you should leave him alone: He’s back home in the Puget Sound, leading an offense that has immense talent at the skill positions in Hunter Bryant, Ahmed and Aaron Fuller. Chico McClatcher is looking to have a redemption season and could put up big numbers too. Eason also has a great offensive line with a potential first rounder in Trey Adams. He’s had a year to adjust to Chris Petersen’s program and Bush Hamdan’s offense will hopefully provide that explosiveness the Huskies passing attack had lacked since 2016.
So please, leave Jake Eason the hell alone.