Five Quick Hitters
For the Washington Huskies, the season is long in the books, recruiting is finished and the spring game has come and gone. All that’s left before the 2013 college football season is a whole lot of waiting.
The spring game matters because it’s the first live football fans of a team have seen for months, and will see for quite a while.
Despite the small sample size and unrealistic conditions of a spring game, Husky Nation likely came out cautiously excited. Here are a few quick takeaways to keep in mind:
Defense Looked Good…But Not Great
Washington started a great deal of inexperienced players on defense last season, which led to rough patches. But most of last year’s starters are returning, with linebacker looking like the best position group of the defense overall.
Shaq Thompson, John Timu and Travis Feeney all proved themselves last year. Cornerback, however, is still a question mark, with the Huskies severely missing Desmond Trufant and having few proven players at the position.
The Offense Can Be Really, Really Good
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is the best tight end in America, Bishop Sankey is a proven playmaker and Kasen Williams should finally have some help at wide receiver. That said, it all hinges on Keith Price.
Will we see the 2011 Keith Price or 2012 Price? He played surprisingly well in the spring; well enough for Steve Sarkisian to name him the starter. Washington’s season will hinge on this being the right call.
The Huskies Really Do Have A New Offense. No, I swear
Although the offense played unexceptionally in the spring game, they ran a relatively limited version of the new up-tempo offense. This hurry-up, no-huddle scheme should maximize the team’s athleticism and is a perfect fit for Price, if he plays to his potential.
It just wasn’t really shown much in the spring game.
Sark Is Playing It Safe
Sankey, ASJ, Price, Kasen, and a number of other offensive starters sat out large portions, or all of the spring game and drills (although ASJ is still in hot water from his DUI incident). It was a smart decision for those players who have nothing to prove.
The Huskies Are Healthy For Now
According to the spring game and various comments from the coaching staff, Huskies sidelined last season by injuries (and there were many) are all on track to make full recoveries. Last season, the Huskies lost key defensive linemen, offensive linemen, running backs and linebackers, to point to a few position groups.
Here’s hoping they can keep healthier this year. For now, all signs are good.
It’s dangerous to extrapolate too much from spring football one way or the other, but for now, at least Washington fans have to feel good about this team on both sides of the ball.