Breaking news, rankings, predictions and analysis all in one place.

College Football Preview: Best of the Rest: Washington Huskies

30. Washington Huskies Returning Starters: 14 Returning Star: CB Desmond Trufant Key Loss: TB Chris Polk Player to Watch: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins It looks like the Huskies are finally ready to role with the big boys after two straight bowl appearances. With the return of Keith Price and Desmond Trufant it looks like the Huskies will make it three. Price had a fantastic freshman season recording a 66.9 completion percentage. He has amazing accuracy with a pretty strong arm and is very mobile. The big loss for the Huskies was tailback Chris Polk who was gritty and tough and was always a reliable way to gain yards. Junior Jesse Callier looks to be the man that replaces him. Callier has good speed but he lacks Polk's ability to get tough yards up the middle. Expect Bishop Sankey to also make plays also. Also gone from these Huskies are two dynamic receivers in Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar. The top target for Price will likely be tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Seferian-Jenkins is very underrated as he racks tons of catches and yards. Also returning in these corps is James Johnson, sophomore Kasen Williams and senior Cody Bruns. All three have good speed but experience is an obvious issue. The top unit on offense may end up being the offensive line though, with the return of three starters. Senior center Drew Schaefer is a sure blocker and guard Erik Kohler has the potential to be dominant. The offense was fantastic in 2011 hitting 38 or more five times but the reason Washington went 7-6 was the defense. The unit was 106th nationally, and got killed against the pass last season. The pass defense should improve dramatically with the return of cornerback Desmond Trufant who has shutdown talent. Also back are safeties Sean Parker and Justin Glenn. Steve Sarkisian landed a true talent in Shaquille Thompson who is very versatile. The line lost a ton of talent as it only returns end Josh Shirley. Shirley had 8.5 sacks in '11 and that number could rise to double-digits. Linebacker is an issue but John Timu could break out in his sophomore season.

No comments:

Theme images by LUGO. Powered by Blogger.