The Pac-12 season has already seen three true freshmen start at quarterback -- UCLA's Josh Rosen, Washington's Jake Browning and Oregon State's Seth Collins. With just a month to go in the regular season the Pac-12 Blog decided to check in on each of the freshmen with scouting reports from one of their teammates, an opposing coach and an outlook on their future.
Washington QB Jake Browning
Browning: 127-for-203 (62.6 percent), 1,595 yards, 10 touchdowns, five interceptions, 58.9 QBR
Scouting report from UW coach Chris Petersen: From Petersen's news conference this week, via the Seattle Times: “I think he's a guy, each game you feel something that maybe he's doing a little bit better. He sees the field really well, so when he misses something it's almost like what's going on out there? I say that as a sign of respect for that kid. We don't think of him as a freshman because I think he sees things pretty well. I think the guy throws the ball really, really well. I've said it all along; as long as he can set his feet and have a chance to see some things, he's going to find people if they are open and he's going to throw it pretty accurate."
Scouting report from Cal coach Sonny Dykes: Browning is from Northern California and Cal was one of many schools that recruited him in high school, where he put up unbelievable numbers at Folsom High. "Jake reminds me a lot of Jared [Goff] coming out of high school. He was very well-coached in high school. [Former Cal QB] Troy [Taylor] and those guys at Folsom [high school] do a great job. When you play in that kind of offense [Folsom runs a pass-happy spread] and you make all those decisions that those quarterbacks make, it helps you play earlier as a freshman. He's got good fundamentals, he's been well coached, he's a smart kid, he's a very calm, confident kid and I think that's why he won the job as a true freshman. It's because all of those characteristics. A lot of that has to do with experience and he got so many reps as a high school player and they gave him a great opportunity as a freshman to go and compete for the job. He's what Washington would want as a quarterback. He's a great decision maker. He does a great job getting the ball to the right guys. Plays smart football. Looks like he's going to be a really good quarterback."
What to expect during the next three seasons: Few coaches in the country have as impressive a track record for developing quarterbacks as Petersen, who counts Kellen Moore, Jared Zabranksy and Ryan Dinwiddie as former pupils at Boise State. Based solely on that, there should be a healthy level of optimism for Browning's potential development, but his progression so far this year is also encouraging. The Huskies are coming off a 49-3 win against Arizona in which Browning was an efficient 16-of-24 for 263 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. And, maybe more importantly, he wasn't intercepted. He's had his ups and downs throughout the season -- as should be expected for any true freshman quarterback -- but there have been enough signs, like Dykes alluded to, to forecast a lot of success down the road for a guy who had one of the most storied high school careers ever.