The Journal says that UW’s football roster is an example of the problem
By Zosha Millman, SeattlePI
As the Journal notes, Jacob was the most popular boys’ name in the 2000s by a long shot, and now the football team is dealing with the repercussions of that: The Huskies’ bench has four quarterbacks, alone, named Jake or Jacob.
That’s before you even get to linebacker and tight end also going by Jake or Jacob.
It’s something to be expected when your name was the most popular in the United States. for boys between 1999 and 2012. Though “Michael” had a pretty solid run from the 1960s through the ’90s, Jacob picked up the baton and ran with it — all the way to Husky Stadium, where six Jacob or Jakes all play.
According to the WSJ article, offensive coordinator Bush Hamdam didn’t think too much about it until they were all in the same room, at which point he improvised: Freshman Jake Haener would go by his last name; Jacob Sirmon and Jacob Eason would have their names shortened to “Sirm” and “Eas,” respectively.
Only starting QB Jake Browning gets the privilege of being called “Jake.”
Now that the WSJ article is out there, it’s the sort of pattern you will likely notice more and more, if you haven’t already — after all, “Eas” transferred to UW after losing the starting job at Georgia to another Jake (Fromm); the Wall Street Journal byline behind the piece is Jacob Gershman.
If you don’t notice that, just hold out a few years for the sea of Noahs (most popular name 2013-2016) or Liams (2017) coming your way soon.