The progress of the quarterback battle at Central Washington University is shrouded until the Wildcats head to Moscow, Idaho on Sept. 7 to face the University of Idaho to open the 2019 season. Then we will know who’s going to be taking over the highly touted position that Reilly Hennessey occupied so well for the past two seasons.

It’s one of the biggest questions heading into fall camp. But for now, what we do know is CWU added another quarterback to its roster: redshirt junior transfer out of FCS Division I Weber State University, Braden Miles.

He will compete with redshirt sophomore Christian Moore, and redshirt freshman Tai-John Mizutani and Canon Racanelli.

Miles only played in three games, all in 2017 as a redshirt freshman, and was 5-for-8 with 38 yards. He didn’t play at all in 2018.

According to head coach Chris Fisk, Miles was looking to find a new school. He’s a graduate transfer, as he’ll be entering a master’s program. Miles will have two years of eligibility remaining.

He developed a relationship with offensive coordinator Kelly Bills at Weber State, who spent three seasons there before arriving at CWU this past winter.

“He was not playing at Weber, sitting behind a couple of guys and had a relationship with coach Bills,” Fisk said. “We just evaluated the film on him and thought he can get into the mix and compete with the guys we have here on campus. He was looking for a home and we thought he can play here.”

Quarterbacks are not allowed to be interviewed during fall camp until after the first game. CWU does not want to unveil any information concerning the progression of the four quarterbacks or who will start versus Idaho.

LEADERSHIP SKILLS

But Fisk did convey what he’s looking for in a starter.

“I’m looking for leadership,” he said. “Just a guy who can take the reins, number one. A guy that can lead our guys down the field and score points. I think it would be easy for us to look for a guy to manage the game, right?

“… I’m looking for a guy that can take risks and can be calculated in those risks. Not be gun shy about making some mistakes, those things are going to happen. I think I’ve said it most the time, is when that unfolds that will unfold. Nobody will know who the starter is until we go out to Idaho and go out for that first play.

“And you know, we will let everyone know then. But hopefully one of these guys separates here through the next couple weeks.”

Miles graduated from Lone Peak High School in 2013. He served on an LDS mission to Washington D.C. from 2013-15, according to Weber State athletics website. As a senior, he threw for 797 yards and 12 touchdowns. He stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 215-pounds.

He and 6-foot-5 Moore have the only collegiate game experience. Moore, as a backup to Hennessey in 2018, threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns on 22-of-33 completions. He appeared in seven games, all in blowout victories.

The 6-foot-3 Mizutani comes from Kailua, Hawaii where he was Iolani High School’s all-time passing leader and accumulated the fourth-most passing yards in Hawaii’s history. He was named KHON2 Rising Star.

Mizutani threw for a career 7,702 yards with 55 touchdowns. He also ran for 325 yards along with seven touchdowns.

The 6-foot Racanelli is out of Hockinson High School in Brush Prairie. He has the single-season record for most touchdowns in a season (74) and led the Hawks to a 14-0 record and the 2017 2A State Title.

He threw for nearly 10,000 yards and notched 124 touchdowns in his four seasons. As a senior, he tallied 4,129 yards with 57 touchdowns and 653 yards rushing with 17 scores.

According to Fisk, CWU won’t be afraid to rotate quarterbacks until they believe one of them possess the true characteristics it is looking for.

Adding a fourth quarterback makes the evaluation process a bit more challenging.

“I think just like anything when you add the extra number in there,” Fisk said. “There’s only so many reps for those guys. As we start to try and thin the herd a little bit, we’ll try to do that as quick as possible.”

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