- Kyle Bonagura, ESPN Staff Writer
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Washington has found its starting quarterback, but coach Chris Petersen said the Huskies will keep that information under wraps until Friday's season opener at No. 23 Boise State.
"Because it's so late, we think [keeping it private] helps us a whole lot," Petersen said.
It's not a view shared in the Pac-12 at Oregon or UCLA, which named starters as game-week preparations begun. UCLA made the call Wednesday on true freshman Josh Rosen, while the Ducks did so with transfer Vernon Adams on Friday.
"Our guys know what's going on and that's the important thing," Petersen said. "We're five days before the game, [naming a starter] doesn't help us a whole lot."
True freshman Jake Browning, redshirt junior Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels have been in competition for the job since January when Browning enrolled early. Browning, who threw for 16,775 yards and 229 touchdowns during a record-setting career at Folsom (Calif.) High, has received strong reviews and is generally considered the favorite to win the job.
The team's previous starter, Cyler Miles, retired from football due to a chronic hip injury.
Petersen left Boise State after 13 seasons, the final eight as head coach, for the Huskies before the 2014 season. Kickoff is set for 10:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.