Never mind that lopsided 24-7 loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff semi-finals. Forget all that snickering/outrage about the Huskies’ nonconference schedule, which will remain soft this fall.
As he heads into his fourth season in Seattle. Chris Petersen has it going. It’s Washington monumental.
The Huskies return the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the year, junior QB Jake Browning, who tied the Pac-12 record for touchdown passes (43) in an attack that averaged a league-best 41.8 points.
Washington also has a top runner, Myles Gaskin, and receiver, Dante Pettis, plus a stout set of blockers in an offense that’s in all-around great shape.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
The defense might have a few more question marks, but nothing ominous. Inside backer Azeem Victor is a candidate for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, and defensive tackle Vita Vea anchors what is likely to be a top-notch front seven.
Last year, for all the moaning about Washington’s nonconference shmooze, there were concerns about its league tightrope walk. The Huskies handled that well, suffering their only regular-season loss against USC.
This year, the Pac-12 schedule looks a little more favorable. UCLA is in, USC is out. There is a trip to Stanford, which ought to be primed after losing 44-6 in Seattle. But the Bruins, Oregon, Utah and Washington State all come to Seattle.
All in all, Petersen appears to have restored a program that had been under-achieving for too long.[/membership]