College football is so close you can taste it, and with it comes high expectations from Husky Nation.
A Freshman Wide Receiver Will Have a Monster Season
Washington landed a killer recruiting class, highlighted by multiple stud receivers. Much like Kasen Williams did a few years ago, a true freshman is poised to have a breakout season.
The leading contenders are new faces on campus John Ross and Damore’ea Stringfellow. I’ve already talked about Stringfellow extensively, but the much-hyped recruit has the sheer physical ability to be a playmaker. John Ross wasn’t the highest ranked recruit Washington inked, but he’s earned praise from the coaching staff for his quick learning and outstanding performance so far in practice.
Don’t expect either of these two to redshirt.
The Huskies Will Beat Oregon
…or at least, make a game out of it.
Washington hasn’t topped the Ducks since 2003. The ten year anniversary of our last win looms large, but this could be the year. Washington is deeper, healthier, and more flexible top to bottom, offense and defense. It’s a home game at the newly renovated Husky Stadium.
A Backup Running Back Will Emerge
Last season could have been real ugly had it not been for the timely explosion of Bishop Sankey. The Bishop put the team on his back time and time again with Jesse Callier out for the season, but now it’s finally looking like Washington will have other options at tailback.
Both the frequently injured Deontae Cooper and converted wide receiver Dwayne Washington will vie for time among others. Cooper has flashed potential in between multiple ACL tears that have effectively sidelined him almost all of his college career. Washington has oozed speed and agility his whole career, but the switch to tailback seems to be agreeing with him and he’s been looking good all summer.
One of these two will step up when Sankey needs a rest. My money is on Washington.
The No Huddle Offense Will Click Against Arizona
For the first three games of the season, Washington’s brand new no-huddle, high-speed offense will be hit and lots of miss. Complaints will fly. Sark will take heat. Calls will be heard to revert to the old schemes.
But it’ll all click beautifully a few games into the season, where I expect Washington to crush Arizona in an unstoppable offensive tidal wave.
Washington Will Win 8 Games
I said it. The past few years have been a roller coaster of highs and lows, but I and the rest of Husky nation are well and truly sick of mediocre seven-win seasons.
This team is stacked. The schedule is tough, but not impossible. This is the year to take the next step, and the clear way to do that is to score more points than the other team, eight times.
Another seven win season will be looked on with disappointment by everyone.
That’s my five angles to watch in 2013. This season will be won and lost all over the field.