Stanford QB Grad Transfer Reportedly Visting UW

Dan Raley

The Washington football coaching staff apparently is considering all options for replacing NFL-bound quarterback Jacob Eason, a position that could determine whether the Huskies are good or great next season. 

K.J. Costello, according to a Seattle Times report, is visiting the UW on Tuesday as a graduate transfer seeking a new quarterback home. 

He is the second experienced signal caller in the NCAA transfer portal publicly linked to the Huskies, joining Wake Forest's Jamie Newman, who ended up choosing Georgia after mentioning the UW was on his list.

Costello comes off an injury-filled season, as shown in the accompanying photo of him running onto the field for Stanford Senior Day ceremonites in street clothes.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Costello, a native Californian who threw for 6,151 yards and 49 touchdowns for the Cardinal, played twice against the Huskies, splitting those games. 

In 2018, he completed 29 of 43 passes for 347 yards and 2 scores in a 27-23 loss to the Huskies. The year before, he hit on 16 of 27 passes for 211 yards in a 30-22 win over the UW.

Whether Costello signs on with the Huskies or not, the other quarterbacks on the roster -- sophomore Jacob Sirmon, redshirt freshman Dylan Morris and incoming freshman Ethan Garbers -- have to feel a little uneasy or even betrayed by the news the staff apparently is considering adding a one-year veteran QB. Simon is shown in the post-Apple Cup video. 

Coach Jimmy Lake, in a recent KJR radio segment, noted how two transfers in 2019 left "a huge gaping hole" at the position, possibly necessitating the pursuit of another quarterback. 

The Huskies last year lost Jake Haener to Fresno State, which has undergone a coaching change since he arrived, and Colson Yankoff to UCLA.

Spring football practice begins in a little over a month.

Have an opinion on the Huskies turning to a QB grad transfer? Weigh in at the bottom of this story. 

Comments (9)
ShawnBradley
ShawnBradley

If Costello transfers to UW, I think Jacob Sirmon will enter the transfer portal (again)

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MontlakeJake
MontlakeJake

Costello will end up at Miss St with the pirate, aka the king of the transfer QB

behusky
behusky

If Garbers wins job and Sirmon/Morris see Huard coming next year and both decide to transfer, we are left with just Garbers on the roster. I think that is Lakes great fear. If he has KJ come in as a one and done, at least one and possibly two of the others stay on board

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Dan Raley
Dan Raley

Editor

If they leave, that just means they weren't good enough to play at Washington. That's it.

pete
pete

Do you really think Garbers wins the job as a true freshman? I'm pretty sure only one true freshman has ever started at UW- Jake Browning.

Dan Raley
Dan Raley

Editor

Players come and go. Lake will never be left with just one quarterback on the roster. This will work itself out. Always does.


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