Key Offensive Position Battles

Competition breeds success and starting Monday, the Huskies will embark on preparing for the 2011 football season. While some positions seem to be set, others appear to be up for grabs and today Dawgman.com takes a look at the top position battles on offense…

1) Quarterback – Yes, Keith Price has been named the starter and yes, he will likely be the man at the helm when the Huskies take the field against Eastern Washington on September 3rd, but it wouldn't be prudent of us if we didn't at least look at the possibility of Nick Montana making things interesting.

Price's command of the offense, his quick delivery and relative experience made him a formidable opponent for Montana to overcome and five days after the conclusion of spring football, Steve Sarkisian named the redshirt sophomore the starter.

However, Montana has had all summer to improve and with the Husky coaches big on competition, don't be surprised if they give the second-year player a chance to show what he can do.

2) Right Tackle – It sounds like Colin Tanigawa has a very good chance to end up starting at left guard and if that is the case, it will allow Erik Kohler to move outside to challenge Ben Riva who is coming off an injury suffered in spring camp.

Riva is reportedly back and ready to go, but Kohler's experience playing last season could give him the edge in the coaches' minds.

Kohler is more physical and bigger, but Riva has the ideal feet and long arms that coaches look for in a tackle spot.

It will be interesting to see how this position plays out, but Kohler has to have the edge due to his experience.

3) Receiver - We all know that Jermaine Kearse, as long as he's healthy, is a given at one of the receiver positions, however after him, there is a jumble of playmakers who will battle for reps.

Devin Aguilar has been a starter the past two years, but he's had his moments of inconsistency and with the spring that Kevin Smith had, there is a very good chance Aguilar could find himself under a heavy challenge.

Then throw in the skills of Kasen Williams, the Parade Player of the Year, and a healthy James Johnson and you could see a very tough decision coming for the coaches at the wide receiver position.

4) Fullback - The Huskies appeared set at fullback with Zach Fogerson expected to take a majority of the snaps at the position this fall, however a lingering concussion has forced the former O'Dea star to hang up his cleats, leaving a huge void in the depth chart.

This spring, former walk-on linebacker Jonathan Amosa stepped into the breach and he was so good that the coaches decided to name him as their number one fullback heading into the summer.

The arrival of Dezden Petty from Gardena (Ca.) High School introduces a more dynamic athlete and runner, but also a player who has yet to even play the position (he was a running back in high school).

Petty's size and athleticism might not be enough to overcome Amosa's strength and tenacity, but both are expected to get reps this fall.


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