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NCAA Football: 2012 UW Huskies season rewind

Season Summed Up

It’s been an up-and-down season for Husky Nation. We came into this season uncertain of what to expect.

Keith Price was coming off an outstanding year, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams had breakout rookie seasons as true freshmen.

But workhorse running back Chris Polk was leaving Seattle and the defense had been hit and miss all season.

In 2012 the Huskies had some big moments, like upsets of top-10 ranked Stanford and Oregon State. And some low moments, like being pulverized on the road by Oregon and LSU, and losing the Apple Cup.

Let’s break it down.

Best Play

The best pure playmaker on the Huskies may be Kasen Williams.

Only a sophomore, Williams is by far the best wide receiver on the Huskies and was All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention.

The Dawgs biggest win of the year, a 17-13 upset over Stanford, wouldn’t have been possible without his game winning touchdown (skip to 2:45).

Williams caught a screen pass, shed a tackler, and ran 35 yards for the game winning touchdown, making something out of nothing, and making the rest of the Pac-12 recognize that Washington was for real.

Bishop Sankey, Washington Huskies

Player of the year goes to Bishop Sankey (Photo: Ted Warren/AP)

Best Moment

Times were dark for the Huskies heading into an October 27th matchup against undefeated Oregon State, ranked seventh in the country.

Washington had absorbed three straight defeats at the hands of Oregon, USC, and Arizona.

Keith Price had forgotten how to play football. And the offensive line couldn’t block a cheerleader.

The Huskies pulled it together somehow, and shocked everyone by beating the Beavers 20-17.

Bishop Sankey in particular had an outstanding game, but the whole team rallied together for the win. The offense stepped it up, the defense stuffed OSU, and the Huskies got a much-needed win.

The victory was the start of a four game win streak that would be the best stretch of football Washington played all year. And it all started with a hard-fought victory in Century Link.

Best Offensive Player

This one was tough, but Bishop Sankey gets the nod for his breakout season of 1234 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Those are impressive numbers for a guy coming into the season with little experience other than special teams.

When Jesse Callier went down with an ACL tear, the hopes of Husky Nation fell squarely on Sankey’s shoulders.

After a slow start, the Bishop erupted and carried the UW running game.

Consistently putting up big performances against some of the best defenses in the country, Sankey is for real. Watch out for him next season.

Best Defensive Player

The new-look defense brought in by Justin Wilcox wasn’t perfect, but it was one of the biggest strengths for the Huskies this season.

The ball-hawking secondary crew in particular was lethal, led by Desmond Trufant and Shaq Thompson.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins UDUB

How do you back up an awesome rookie performance? Ask ASJ (Photo: Yahoo)

Let’s not forget stud safety Will Shamburger or force on the line Danny Shelton.

The solid all around play of the defense has to give Justin Wilcox the award of best defensive player.

The defense as a whole this year was deep and suffocating, constantly making big plays to keep the Huskies in games.

It’s impossible to isolate one player as the best, so Wilcox gets props for reforming the defense into a unit to be feared.

Best Special Teams Player

I’m going to be honest-special teams weren’t the Huskies biggest strength this year.

With that said, I’m going to give this award to senior Justin Glenn. Glenn was Honorable Mention All-Pac 12 and a force flying down the field on special teams for the Huskies.

Most Improved

Austin Seferian-Jenkins was all-everything in high school, so it was no surprise when he had a great freshman year and emerged as one of UW’s top offensive players.

But ASJ took it to another level this year.

Accumulating 791 yards and 6 touchdowns on 63 grabs, Seferian-Jenkins was absolutely un-guardable and created mismatches every time he stepped on the field.

He was a finalist for the John Mackey Award, given to the best tight end in the country, and in my completely biased opinion should have won.

And he did this all while nursing an injury throughout the year.

ASJ went from a great freshman tight end, to a lock NFL draft pick. He will likely finish up his UW career as the best tight end to ever step foot in the U-District.

Team MVP

This is tough, but I have to give the nod again to Bishop Sankey.

The Husky faithful were rewarded for being religious as the Bishop carried the team on his back at times this year.

A preseason question mark position for Washington turned into a team strength.

Sankey took pressure off Keith Price and the passing game, while also making an inexperienced offensive line look good.

This is just the beginning, but Sankey put together a damn good season. MVP.

Pack your bags and lie to your girlfriends, Husky Nation-we’re going to Vegas! Washington plays 19th ranked Boise State in the MAACO Bowl on December 22nd in Sin City.

The Huskies have struggled replicating their success at home on the road, but Las Vegas is no more of a home game for the Broncos than it is for us.

Anything could happen. It’s been a good season overall; let’s finish in style.

Woof Woof.

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