Huskies backup QB Carta-Samuels to transfer to UCLA
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Huskies backup QB Carta-Samuels to transfer to UCLA

The Washington Huskies back-up quarter back, KJ Carta-Samuels will transfer to UCLA to play for Chip Kelly. The senior will use the “graduate school transfer” rules to allow him to use his remaining 1 year of eligibility to play for the Bruins.

KJ has been the backup for 3 years to Jake Browning for 3 years and with Browning looking to be the starter in 2018, Carta-Samuels will take a chance at open competition at UCLA. The former 4 star prospect will be competing with returning sophomore Devon Modster, as well as incoming freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson,

“It’s going to be an open competition,” Carta-Samuels said “[Kelly] stressed the importance of the best guy on the field will play. That won’t be determined in one practice or two practices. All I can ask for is a fair shot. No expectations, leniencies or allegiances towards anyone. Just a fair shot to prove and battle with the other guys and see who moves the offense in the best direction.”

In 3 years of play, KJ went 27-47 for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns. His most memorable game came in 2015 against Stanford, when he got an extended look during a blowout. He went 9-21 for 118 yards in the loss.

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