Tuesday, August 24, 2010
PAC 10 2010-Washington Huskies
2009 Record: 5-7 (4-5)
Head Coach: Steve Sarkisian (2nd season, 5-7)
Offensive Coordinator: Doug Nussmeier (2nd season)
Defensive Coordinator: Nick Holt (2nd season)
2009 Bowl Game: 1 point loss away after a winless season in 2008
Offense: Jake Locker is the best QB in the west.He ditched a chance to be a top 10 pick in the 2009 NFL draft to return to UW and finish his role in rebuilding the Huskies to national prominence. UW won't be a top team nationally yet, but they are well on their way. The on e concenr is Locker's health, as when he runs, he tends to be Tim Tebow aggressive. If Locker gets hurt, UW is screwed. Chris Polk was on of the best freshman RBs in the country in 2009, and looks to really bust out as a sophomore. He was the first freshman in UW history to bust 1000 yards (1113 to be exact). Jermaine Kearse is an awesome target for Locker to get the ball to downfield. He demands double coverage on every play which should open some opportunities up for Devin Aguilar, James Robinson, and TE Kavario Middleton. The line returns 3 starters, but Locker will be taking snaps from new starter and sophomore C Drew Schaefer.
Defense: There are issues on D. Both DTs (Alameda Ta'amu and Cameron Elisara) return, but both DEs will be new, with Talia Crichton being only a sophomore. Everette Thompson and Kalani Aldrich, who are both competing at DE, missed major time in spring ball due to injury. Desmond Trufant, who started as a freshman last season, returns at CB, but the other CB spot is open. Nate Williams returns at SS, with the FS spot open for competition.
Special Teams: Erik Folk was rock solid at PK last seaosn, hitting 18 of 21 FGs. He is a big game kicker with the ability to win games for the Huskies in clutch scenarios. Will Mahan was solid as well at punter, averaging 40.6 yards in 2009.
Wins: 9/11 Syracuse, 10/9 Arizona State, 11/13 UCLA, 11/27 @ California, 12/4 @ Washington State
Toss Up Games: 9/4 @ BYU, 10/2 @ USC, 10/16 Oregon State, 10/23 @ Arizona, 10/30 Stanford
Losses: 9/18 Nebraska, 11/6 @ Oregon
There are nothing but big name programs on the schedule. Syracuse isn't who they were years ago obviously, but everyone knows who they are. Kudos to the Huskies for playing 3 BCS opponents out of conference. The possibility exists that the Huskies could win 10 games this season, but the defense may limit them to 7 or 8, which would still be enough to get into a solid bowl.
Outlook: The Huskies aren't all the way back, but they are on their way. Sarkisian will be hailed as the guy that brought Husky football back form the dead. UW will have to win some shootouts this season, but there is more than enough offensive firepower to make that a good thing. If you are a Husj=ky fan, you should be excited about this team, especially with that schedule.