Washington Husky Preview

The Beavers visit the reeling Husky's on Saturday. Get the rundown on the Husky football team, their strength's, weaknesses, and what to expect.

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Husky Stadium, 12:30 PM PST, No live television, replay at 7:00 PM on FSNW


Record, rankings, and standing in conference: 4-5 overall, 1-4 in Pac-10 play, 8th in the Pac-10 Conference

Key Players:

Offense:
QB Cody Pickett - has passed for 3,240 this season, is averaging 360 yards per game this year, and is on target to attain the Pac-10 single season passing record.

WR Reggie Williams - tall, big, athletic receiver who can make the big plays. Has 54 catches for 929 yards (17.2 ypc) and 7 touchdowns.

TE Kevin Ware - possibly the best receiver on the Huskies. Has 34 catches for 384 yards (11.4 ypc) and 5 touchdowns.

 

Defense

LB Ben Mahdavi - leds the team with 68 tackles, 33 solo. Has 8.5 tackles for loss, one sack, and two forced fumbles.

LB Marques Cooper - second on the team in tackles with 62, 37 solo. Has 9 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and one interception.

 

Injuries:

 

Who's Hot:
Washington coach Rick Neuheisel's seat is hot because he is staring at a 26-nonlosing season record being snapped this year if he cannot win two out of his final three games, against OSU, and on the road at Oregon and WSU.

 

The best player nobody's heard of:
TB Chris Singleton - just starting to show why he was recruited hotly by USC and UW. True soph has 4.4 speed, benches 320, and is about to make his second career start on SAT against OSU.

 

Weaknesses:
Offensive line run blocking has been atrocious. The pass rush has been average but the secondary has been torched for long plays. Defense showed marked improvement against ASU and UCLA the past two weeks after getting blistered by USC.

Strengths:
Passing. QB Cody Pickett carries this team offensively, just look at the passing numbers. He has thrown too many INTS though, due to lack of a running game. His favorite targets are WR Reggie Williams, WR Charles Frederick, and TE Kevin Ware. All three of those could wind up in the NFL easily.

 

Last game result:
Huskies stumble against Bruins
, Tyler Ebell ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns, and freshman quarterback Drew Olson was steady if not spectacular in his first start to lead UCLA past Washington 34-24 Saturday night.

Ebell's fifth straight 100-yard game helped the Bruins (6-3, 3-2 Pac-10) improve to 4-1 on the road this season. UCLA also handed the struggling Huskies (4-5, 1-4) their fourth straight loss.

 

Series History and last meeting result:
Washington holds a commanding 55-27-4 record in the all-time series against Oregon State, having won the 13 of the last 14 meetings and 23 of the last 25, dating back to 1975. The series against the Beavers is the second -longest (to Stanford) active series in Washington football history in terms of years and third-longest in terms of total meetings (to Oregon and Washington State) The teams first met on Dec. 4, 1897, with Oregon State earning a 16-0 home win. That game was Washington's second-ever against a major college. The next OSU-UW game didn't come until 1902, a 16-6 UW win . From 1924 to 1964, the annual UW-OSU game was played either at Husky Stadium or Multnomah (Civic) Stadium in Portland. Since 1966, the OSU home games have been played in Corvallis. The Huskies are 14-4 all-time at Reser (Parker) Stadium and 17-7 all-time in Corvallis. The Huskies are 31-15-2 all-time against OSU in games played in Seattle, including a 24-13-0 mark in Husky Stadium. Washington has won the last six UW-OSU games played in Seattle, dating back to a 21-20 loss in 1985. The Huskies have also won 11 of the last 12 and 17 of the last 21 against the Beavers at Husky Stadium. Last season, the Beavers broke a 13-game losing streak to the Huskies when an unranked OSU trounced No. 8 Washington, 49-24, in Corvallis, the first win (home or away) since that 1985 Husky Stadium game. The last two games at Husky Stadium have gone down to the wire. In 2000, Ryan Cesca missed a game-tying field goal in the closing seconds as the Huskies held on for a 33-30 win. In 1998, the Beavers went for a two-point conversion with no time left. The pass attempt was batted down and the Huskies


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