Washington Huskies Football Season Preview History
2011 Washington Football Preview:
If there’s anywhere in the newly formed Pac-12 that a youth movement is taking over, it’s in Seattle. The Washington Huskies are coming off a 7-6 season under head coach Steve Sarkisian, but one that ended with a high note despite the loss of quarterback Jake Locker to the NFL. They won their last three games to make it into a bowl game, where they knocked off Nebraska, who beat them earlier in the season. It was their first bowl win in a decade.
Sarkisian is looking for the 14 true freshman he started last year (most in the NCAA) to continue the momentum that closed the season. That is going to be hard without Locker, but with Keith Price, Sarkisian believes he has found the perfect quarterback to run his version of the west coast offense. The now-sophomore threw 2 TDs and no picks against the BCS runners-up Oregon in his only game started last year, and his spring has been nothing but encouraging. With a great tailback in Chris Polk, who’s run for consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, and a wide-out corps that includes second-team All-Pac-10 receiver Jermaine Kearse, Price will have the arsenal to compete with the rest of the newly formed Pac-12 Northern Division.
They’re going to need that scoring because the Huskies’ defense has glaring issues up front. The defensive line gave up 32 scores on the ground in 2010, and they will need to improve that number significantly. In the secondary, junior Desmond Trufant and senior Quinton Richardson provide veteran leadership that will be the source of strength on the unit. It will be up to them to hold up the team while the offense molds itself as quickly as it can.
2010 Washington Football Preview:
Playing in the perennially competitive Pac-10 conference, the Washington Huskies football team has failed to make a bowl game appearance in the last seven seasons. But with 15 conference titles and 4 national titles under their belt, it's hard to count this team out - especially with the talented senior quarterback they've spent several years cultivating.
Fans of the Washington Huskies know of the incredible history of the school's quarterbacks, including the NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon. Since 1970, 16 out of the school's 18 starting quarterbacks made NFL rosters. This year's starter, Jake Locker, seems like a shoe-in to be the next. Widely believed to be the best QB in the Pac-10, Locker threw for 2,800 passing yards and 21 touchdowns last season, and ran for another seven touchdowns.
Luckily, Locker will be accompanied by a large amount of returning starters, including the exciting running back, Chris Polk. Polk has been regarded as one of the top RBs in the conference since tallying 1,113 yards on the ground in 2009.
Fans will be brimming with excitement all season as the Huskies make a push for the conference title, and the thrill will peak on the last game of the season when Washington takes on its biggest rivals, the Washington State Cougars.
2009 Washington Football Preview:
Head Coach: Steve Sarkisian
The 2009 Washington Huskies football season should be an exciting one for fans of the purple and gold. New Head Coach Steve Sarkisian will be leading the Huskies in his first season at Udub. The good news is that Sarkisian is a talented offensive coach and knows the Pac-10 after spending the previous few years coaching down the coast at USC. The even better news is that it is very unlikely that Washington has another season as dismal as their 2008 campaign, when the Huskies finished 0-12. So hope springs eternal in Seattle, where Washington should be on the rebound. If Pac-10 opponents are not careful, they could wind up surprised by this underdog UW team in 2009.
2008 Washington Football Preview:
Head Coach: Tyrone Willingham
The University of Washington Huskies football program is one of the most storied in all of college football. The Huskies have fallen on some hard times of late. Head coach Tyrone Willingham heading into his 4th season in 2008 will need to make progress this season or he could find himself looking for a new job. Staff changes have already been made and recruiting has been stellar. Husky Stadium will roar this year as the Huskies fight to climb their way back into Pac-10 contention and turn around an ailing program.
The Washington Huskies are bringing back 14 starters from last year's squad, hoping to best their disappointing 2007 season record of 2-7. However, the team's roster is composed mostly of young players, and this team will be one to watch a year or two down the road as the roster matures. Notable offensive players to watch in the 2008 Huskies season are sophomore quarterback Jake Locker and receivers Chris Polk (freshman) and D'Andre Goodwin (sophomore). In 2007, Locker threw for 2,062 yards with 14 touchdowns, and rushed for 986 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The Huskies' defensive line will be a little shaky this season, as the only returning lineman is defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. No other Huskies lineman has more than 2 tackles, which will require the rookies to step-up their defensive play. As with the Huskies' offense, there is plenty of young defensive talent that is waiting to explode from this 2008 Washington Huskies team.