According to Adam Jude of The Seattle Times, Washington junior quarterback KJ Carta-Samuels has been granted permission by Head Coach Chris Petersen to transfer as a graduate for his final year of eligibility in 2018. KJCS is set to complete his undergraduate degree in the spring, and under NCAA rules will be eligible to play in 2018 at the school he chooses, without having to sit out for a year. Carta-Samuels announced his decision on Tuesday morning via Twitter:
KJ Carta-Samuels spent his entire UW career as a backup, with the exception of one start two seasons ago, when he filled in for an injured Jake Browning at #10 Stanford.
In all likelihood, KJCS made this decision as a result of the impending logjam at quarterback. At this point, all signs are pointing to Jake Browning returning for his senior year, and two incoming 4-star QB recruits in Jacob Sirmon and Colson Yankoff are expected to enroll on the upcoming Dec. 20th early signing day.
I don’t know one Husky fan who isn’t happy that KJCS will have an opportunity to go compete for a starting job. This kid has spent his career as a team player, and has stuck around at Washington doing everything that Coach Petersen has asked of him. I certainly think he’s deserving of this opportunity, and I wish him nothing but success.
Prediction: Keep an eye on Oregon State, who just hired Jonathan Smith as their new head coach. Smith was Carta-Samuels’ quarterback coach during his time at UW, and Oregon State seems poised to start Jake Luton again next season. Luton was horrendous this season before going down to injury, so it’s easy to imagine Smith bringing in a QB he’s worked with for the past three seasons.