Redshirt second-year UW quarterback Sam Huard has decided to enter the transfer portal, he announced on Tuesday.
Huard — a 6-foot-2, 193-pound passer from Bellevue — completed 24 of 44 passes for 265 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions in five career games. He made his only start in the 2021 Apple Cup, scoring 17 of 31 for 190 yards with a touchdown and four picks in a 40-13 loss inside Husky Stadium. He’s appeared in just one game this season, completing 2 of 2 passes for 24 yards in relief in a 52-6 win over Portland State.
The fairy tale didn’t come true for Huard, who followed father Damon Huard and uncle Brock Huard into the Husky quarterback line. He was relegated to the No. 3 role that fall, behind standout starter and Indiana transfer Michael Penix Jr. and second backup (and former starter) Dylan Morris.
” He learns. He does a great job,” offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb said Nov. 21, when asked how Huard matches the Husky offense. “I think the things that Sam does well that fit into this offense is he throws a really good deep ball. I think there are intermediate pitches that he does a good job on. He has to keep working on having a quick release and things like that, getting the ball out in time on short throws. But since his high school movie, I think what he’s shown he can do is throw a good ball deep.
Huard showed that and more during four stellar seasons at Kennedy Catholic High School, becoming the state’s all-time leader in passing yards (13,214) and passing touchdowns (153). ). He was ranked a five-star rookie, No. 3 quarterback and No. 23 prospect overall in the 2021 class by 247Sports.
But a prolific prep career didn’t translate to immediate success on Montlake.
Meanwhile, UW finds itself with just two stock quarterbacks entering the offseason. After the Huskies failed to sign a high school signal caller last month, coach Kalen DeBoer said, “Right now we’re comfortable (with three quarterbacks going). We don’t need to just take a quarterback to have a body on the roster. We have to make sure we find the right quarterback for the situation, and right now we have three.
“Assuming that’s the situation, we would stay as is unless something else develops. But if it drops to two, obviously something would have to be figured out then.
Suddenly, the Huskies have to come up with a solution — whether it’s adding a quarterback from the high school/college ranks or from the transfer gate. South Dakota four-star star Lincoln Kienholz was verbally engaged for more than five months before returning to Ohio State in December.
Huard will be the ninth Husky to reach the transfer portal this offseason – joining safety Cameron Williams (who landed at Georgia Southern), defensive tackle Kuao Peihopa (Hawaii), cornerback Zakhari Spears (UConn), wide receiver Lonyatta Alexander Jr. (undecided), tight end Caden Jumper (undecided), linebacker Daniel Heimuli (undecided), offensive lineman Victor Curne (undecided), and running back Jay’Veon Sunday (undecided). This group does not include any regular starters from 2022.
The Huskies also added seven players from the Portal: Oklahoma State cornerback Jabbar Muhammad, Cal Poly tight end Josh Cuevas, Arizona State running back Daniyel Ngata, Mississippi State running back Dillon Johnson, Michigan State wide receiver Germie Bernard, Sioux Falls edge Zach Durfee and USC linebacker Ralen Goforth.
This story will be updated.