Wash­ing­ton QB Ea­son en­ters NFL draft

Antelope Valley Press - - Av Outdoors - By TIM BOOTH

SEAT­TLE — Wash­ing­ton quar­ter­back Ja­cob Ea­son an­nounced Thurs­day he will skip his fi­nal year of col­lege and en­ter the NFL draft.

Ea­son started 13 games for Wash­ing­ton last sea­son af­ter be­gin­ning his col­lege ca­reer at Ge­or­gia and trans­fer­ring fol­low­ing his sopho­more sea­son. He threw for 3,132 yards and 23 touch­downs for the Huskies in a sea­son where at times he looked like a sure first-round pick and at other times it ap­peared that an­other sea­son of col­lege would help his draft sta­tus.

“I want to thank ev­ery­one at the UW — my team­mates, the coach­ing staff and the fans — for mak­ing these last two years so mem­o­rable,” Ea­son said in a state­ment. “I’m very happy that I was able to come home and play for the Dawgs, and will al­ways be grate­ful.”

Ea­son’s de­ci­sion caps weeks of de­bate about his fu­ture. He chose to play in Wash­ing­ton’s bowl game vic­tory over Boise State rather than fol­low the path of NFL-bound team­mates Hunter Bryant and Trey Adams, who skipped the game.

Wash­ing­ton’s coach­ing change from Chris Petersen to Jimmy Lake and the sub­se­quent de­ci­sion to fire of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Bush Ham­dan added an­other layer to Ea­son’s de­ci­sion.

Ul­ti­mately, the draw of the NFL won out.

“The op­por­tu­nity to play quar­ter­back in the NFL has been a life­long dream and my heart is set on the chal­lenge ahead,” Ea­son wrote in a so­cial me­dia post an­nounc­ing his de­ci­sion.

Ea­son was a five-star re­cruit out of nearby Lake Stevens, Wash­ing­ton, who opted to go across the coun­try to play at Ge­or­gia. He started as a fresh­man for the Bull­dogs but lost the job to Jake Fromm dur­ing his sopho­more sea­son af­ter suf­fer­ing an injury in the sea­son opener.

Ea­son sat out the 2018 sea­son af­ter trans­fer­ring to Wash­ing­ton and beat out Jake Haener for the start­ing job dur­ing fall camp.

Ea­son com­pleted 64.2% of his passes and had stand­out games early in the sea­son against East­ern Wash­ing­ton, BYU and Ari­zona. His best game may have come in a loss to Ore­gon, in which Ea­son was 23 of 30 for 289 yards and three touch­downs.

Ea­son has the pro­to­types of an NFL quar­ter­back, stand­ing 6-foot-5 with one of the strong­est arms in col­lege. But is­sues with con­sis­tency popped up dur­ing his col­le­giate ca­reer.

“We wish Ja­cob noth­ing but the best,” Lake said. “He was a ter­rific team­mate who worked very hard in his two years as a Husky. I’m look­ing for­ward to watch­ing him suc­ceed at the next level.”

As­so­ci­ated Press

LEAV­ING EARLY Wash­ing­ton quar­ter­back Ja­cob Ea­son (10) passes un­der pres­sure from Boise State nose tackle Scale Igiehon (90) in the Las Ve­gas on Satur­day.

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