2010 PREVIEW: Washington

HUSKY STADIUM HAS become something of a second home to Oregon State of late -- the Beavers have rattled off four consecutive victories on the road in Seattle. In 2010, OSU will head north for its second straight conference road game against the Huskies. But do the pundits think UW, following several years of decline, is on their way back up? BF.C's 2010 opponent previews continue..

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 The Word on the Huskies

With Locker back for another season, the Huskies have just one more shot to get things right and not let all of that talent go to waste. The Huskies should have plenty of offense to end the program's misery and post that elusive winning record, but continuing defensive shortcomings likely will keep this team from making a huge turnaround... Athlon

In 2010, look for continued improvement defined by the occasional stumble, as developing teams are wont to do. There's plenty to like: Locker is one of the top quarterbacks in the country; the Huskies have surrounded him with a handful of solid offensive skill players; and the secondary is primed to make a significant impact. Yet I can't ignore some of the concerns: unless we see sizable improvement during the fall, both sides of the line will be this team's Achilles heel... PreSnapRead.com

Jake Locker won't be the only asset that the Huskies will send onto the field next season. Washington returns most of their offensive production from last season including their starting quarterback, running back and seven players who caught at least 14 passes. Every single player, and that includes offense, defense and special teams, who scored points last season is back for 2010... XtraPointFootball.com

Washington has had seven straight seasons in which it has failed to produce a winning record, but there’s a good chance that Sarkisian breaks that streak in his second season in Seattle. The offense should continue to improve under the tutelage of its offensive-minded head coach. Locker will enter the season with some Heisman hype, but he must win in order to justify that attention. A tough out-of-conference schedule with games at BYU and against Nebraska will test Washington early... Orlando Sentinel

The team's weakness lies in the play of the lines on both sides of the ball, but I'd say the D line is a bigger question mark. The team will be trying to replace DE Daniel Teo-Nesheim, a 3rd round pick who graduated as the program's all time leader in sacks, and even with him the line struggled to pressure opposing quarterbacks with any sort of consistency. Add in the arrest and suspension of Andru Pulu (who was expected to compete for a starting spot) and the defensive line, particularly DE, is the team's biggest worry... CollegeFootballZealots

 

 Huskies at a Glance
 Head Coach  Steve Sarkisian
 at Washington  5-7 (1st Year), Same overall
 2009 Record  5-7 Overall, 4-5 Pac-10
 Home/Road/Neutral  6-2 / 0-5 / 0-0
 Off Starters Ret/Lost  10 / 1
 Def Starters Ret/Lost  8 / 3
 Lettermen Returning  50
 Off/Def/Spec  23 / 25 / 2
 Lettermen Lost  17
 
 2009 Team Statistics
 
Stat
NCAA
PAC-10
 Total Offense
375.5
62
7
 Rushing Offense
139.0
68
7
 Passing Offense
236.5
40
2
 Points/Game
26.08
69
7
 Total Defense
389.5
79
8
 Rushing Defense
148.83
64
9
 Passing Defense
240.67
93
7
 Pts Allowed/Game
26.67
70
9
 
 Returning Stat Leaders
Diondre Borel  #10 Jake Locker | 6-3 | 230 | Sr. | QB
 Passing: 230-395, 2800 Yds, 21 TDs, 11 INTs
Robert Turbin  #1 Chris Polk | 5-1 | 214 | So. | RB
 Rushing: 226 Att, 1113 Yds, 4.9 Avg, 5 TDs
Stanley Morrison  #15 Jermaine Kearse | 6-2 | 205 | Jr. | WR
 Receiving: 50 Rec, 866 Yds, 17.32 Avg, 8 TDs
Bobby Wagner  #40 Mason Foster | 6-2 | 242 | Sr. | LB
 Tackles: 85 Total, 60 Solo, 7.5 TFL, 3 INT, 9 PBU, 6 FF
Rajric Coleman  #6 Desmond Trufant | 6-0 | 177 | So. | CB
 INTs: 2 for 45 Yds, 47 Tackles, 44 solo, 8 PBU
Chris Randle  #74 Alameda Ta'amu | 6-3 | 330 | Jr. | DT
 SACKS: 2.5 for 16, 19 Tackles, 12 Solo, 4.5 TFL
 
 Series History
 Games Played  94
 Series Record  UW leads, 57-33-4
 Last Meeting  48-21, OSU on 11/14/2009
 First Meeting  16-0, OSU in 1897
 
 More on the Huskies
Home | Roster | Coaches | 2009 Stats | 2010 Schedule | DawgMan.com


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