When a quarterback joins a Division I program, there is a lot to learn.
They spend so much time studying the offense their throwing mechanics suffer.
“Initially it’s a struggle throwing the ball, because there’s a lot more on their minds,” Washington quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo said. “They’re thinking a lot more than they’re used to thinking. The speed of the game is faster, and that affects their throwing.”
It happened to Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles as freshmen last year, and it is something Troy Williams will experience during his first fall camp this season.
During the early days of fall camp, young quarterbacks are “just trying to get the play call out of the huddle.”
They are trying to figure out their progressions. They are dealing with a pass rush. They are sorting through the pressure of playing at a higher level, a faster speed.
“They just feel a lot more pressure than they’re used to,” Tuiasosopo said. “There’s a little learning curve.”
But there comes a time when everything clicks. The game slows down and mechanics improve.
“There’s some point at training camp, and it’s different for everybody, but when it clicks, they get it and they feel pretty comfortable,” Tuiasosopo said.