With preseason practices looming about two months away, the Washington Huskies officially added another quarterback to their roster.
The school confirmed on Tuesday that Tony Rodriguez, an incoming junior who spent the last two seasons at City College of San Francisco, has signed a financial-aid agreement to play for UW this upcoming season.
Rodriguez is listed by Scout.com at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining and a redshirt option still available.
“We’re really happy that we were able to find Tony,” UW coach Chris Petersen said in a statement released by the school. “He’ll add an immediate boost to the competition at the quarterback position this fall.”
The Huskies now have four scholarship quarterbacks on their roster — Rodriguez, fourth-year junior Jeff Lindquist, redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels and freshman Jake Browning. The latter three each participated in spring practices, and Lindquist is the only player in the group who has appeared in a Division I game.
Browning, a promising true freshman, seems a possible redshirt candidate, which might have informed Petersen’s decision to pursue another quarterback to shore up depth. The status of Cyler Miles, a fourth-year junior who started 12 games last season but missed all of spring practice while on an indefinite and still ongoing leave of absence, remains unresolved. The addition of Rodriguez might also be an indication that UW is preparing to move forward without Miles in the program.
Rodriguez suffered a collarbone injury as a senior at Brookside Christian in Stockton, California, then spent most of his freshman year at CCSF as a backup.
As a sophomore in 2014, he took over the starting job and completed 58.8 percent of his pass attempts for 2,382 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. He was named the Region 1 All-California junior college Offensive Player of the Year and won league MVP honors.
“I’m probably more of a pocket passer,” Rodriguez told Scout.com in April. “I can run when I need to, but I am at my best when I can drop back, read a defense and get the ball to my receivers and let them do what they do best.”
UW clarified that Rodriguez signed a financial-aid agreement, and not a national letter of intent because the NLI signing period has passed.