Two guys to watch all season long
The NCAA football season is upon us, and the only thing more exciting than waiting for week one to arrive is waiting for the preseason awards lists to come out.
This year, the Washington Huskies have two players up for three awards in the preseason.
There could be a fourth depending on how the media portrays QB Keith Price‘s performance through the first half of the season. (Heisman)
The high powered offense looks to cement Price’s legacy as one of the nations top quaterbacks, as well as help the chances of one of his favorite targets, Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
With a fairly easy non-conference schedule, with the exception of the game at LSU in week two, this should help the numbers of both Price and Seferian-Jenkins going into crunch time for the voters.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE
Award list: Mackey Award (Nations top tight end)
As only one of two sophomores to be named to this list, ASJ will have his work cut out for him if he is to take this award home.
Last season as a freshman, he did everything right for the Huskies, placing himself 3rd all time on the Huskies TE list with 538 yards receiving.
Spending his off-season as a member of the Washington Huskies basketball team will only help with his conditioning, and his cut moves on routes.
The hardcourt is a lot harder place to be able to maneuver around defenders, as your feet have nothing to anchor into, so this should make him better with route running.
I expect him to be among the finalists when the season comes to an end, barring any injuries of course.
Keith Price, QB
Award list: Maxwell Award (Top player of the year). Davey O’Brien Award (Nations top quarter back)
Keith Price, what’s not to like about this guy?
The Quarterback that beat out the legand’s son for the starting spot, and therefore made him transfer to another program.
I hate to keep looking back on the Alamo Bowl, but seriously, Price’s numbers were very much comparable to RGIII’s, and he was the number two pick in the draft!
Price will have to rely more on his arm this year, as the replacement for Chris Polk just isn’t Chris Polk.
With the second week’s game in LSU, this will be the best chance for Price to showcase his talents to the national media, and should he over perform, up his ante for one of these two awards.
The Davey O’Brien has some stiff competition, namely Matt Barkely, who Price will go up against on October 13th at home.
But, this is a team game, and the Huskies as a team are looking to better themselves from last years record. These awards would be nice, but not nearly as nice as a Pac-12 title!
So, see you all on September 1st, as we open up the new campaign, and march toward our goal of winning the conference title.