Why Not?

Finally, football is back. With fall camp getting underway Monday, there is lots of optimism surrounding the beginning of the Steve Sarkisian era. No talk of the coach getting fired before this season, and the renewed enthusiasm for Husky football seems to grow daily.

A friend of mine has a boat he named Why Not.  He's a big Husky fan who quit going to games last year because he became so disgusted with the program. He's coming back into the fold and I can only ask: Why not?

Why not embrace this team and their new coaches?  Why not have expectations of winning again? Why not drink the Kool-aid? Why not get excited when the defense takes the field and asks for the fans' support?

Why not go to the first game against LSU and expect them to pull the biggest upset in college football? Why not expect Jake Locker to have touch on his passes and connect on those long ones when his receivers are wide open? Why not have him rush for over 100 yards?

If it's there, take it.

Why not expect the offensive line to establish the run by giving the backs seams to run through, and why not expect the receivers to catch everything thrown their way?

Why not play defense like their hair is on fire? Why not attack the quarterback when he tries to pass, and why not get some fumbles and interceptions and blocked kicks to change the game around?

Why not win their first game against an opponent nobody expects them to beat?  Why not win every time they play in Husky Stadium?  Why not average over 70,000 fans every game?  Why not finish with a winning record and go to a bowl game and win that too?

Do the Huskies have enough quality players to win? Probably. Do they have as many quality players as LSU or USC or Oregon for that matter? Probably not. Can you win games with players who are not all 5-star recruits? Sure you can.

Can stealing a big chunk of USC's brain trust be enough to turn this thing around? Probably not by itself, but it sure should help.

Can the winning attitude of the coaches turn the team into winners? Sure it can. Can the players improve enough that they immediately go from losers to winners? Why not?

Jeff Tedford did it at California, where they hadn't been good for almost 40 years.  Mike Riley did it at Oregon State, a place where they were always one of the worst teams in the league, and even Mike Price won 10 games back-to-back and took WSU to the Rose Bowl.

Rags to Riches happens every year in sports.  Heck, look at the tremendous improvement the Mariners made this year over last season. It has been done, so why not Washington Football?

There is no question it will take plenty of luck, but these kids deserve to get some breaks and if they learn to play a full game and keep themselves in it, who knows?

They may win some games.

Washington starts with the toughest opener of any team in the conference.  Sure the Ducks have to travel to Boise and that could be a really tough game, but LSU is easily the marquee team amongst San Jose State (USC), San Diego State (UCLA), Central Michigan (Arizona), Maryland (Cal), Portland State (Oregon State), and Idaho State (Are you kidding me ASU?).

LSU is really athletic on tape, and even though they graduated a lot of starters (11 signed in the NFL), they will be bolstered in their depth by the best recruiting class in the country.

It doesn't really matter what anybody outside the program thinks, the Huskies will go into this game expecting to beat LSU.  They will be in better shape than any Husky team in years.  That alone will give them a chance to win it in the fourth quarter.

Steve Sarkisian and Nick Holt know how to call winning football games. They will have their kids playing hard and expecting to win. If the team solidifies their kicking game, Special Teams coordinator Johnny Nansen will put them in the right places to make plays.

After watching both teams on tape, the talent edge goes to the Tigers.  They are simply creatures in some spots, but I think they are questionable as a team. The Huskies can definitely win this game if they play their very best as groups.  During camp each unit has to step to up the level of play, play through their mistakes and do their part in the big puzzle. The pieces will add up to a whole.

They will win. Why not?

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