2012 Top Dawgs
NCAA football season is just around the corner, and to get us all in the mood for it, let’s look at the players who will be leading the Washington Huskies to another Bowl game. (I hope.)
Each year brings the prospect of a fab freshman who comes in under the radar, and just tears the defense to shreds, whether it’s on the ground, or through the air.
But these five guys are guys who are already a part of your hearts, and your Saturday afternoon’s and evening’s of previous years.
There are no surprises here on this list, just five guys who will have to let it all hang out for the Huskies this year if we are to be taken seriously in both the tough Pac-12, and the national pollsters eyes as well.
The latter are the one’s we need to be most concerned with come Bowl season, as a BCS berth will probably not be available with Oregonand USC being as strong as they are.
Not to mention the at-large bids will be tougher to nab with all of the shuffling that has taken place with some of the stronger schools that have shifted conferences.
Here’s the 5 guys that will make the difference for the Dawgs in 2012!
Keith Price, QB
Really no introductions needed, this guy is known nationally and is one of the top rated QB’s in not only the conference, but in the nation as well.
Coming off a year where he led the Huskies to an almost incredible win in the Alamo Bowl, Keith Price has returned to some un-finished business this year.
Look for him to continue to tear secondaries apart this season, especially the weaker opponents like San Diego State, and Portland State.
If the Huskies are going to win 6 plus games this year, it’s going to have to be on the arm of this man.
But I’m predicting 8, so let’s go get ‘em Keith!
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE
Another big piece of Washington’s offense last year, Austin Seferian-Jenkins is older and wiser now as a sophomore.
With his off-season consisting of helping the Huskies win the Pac-12 conference basketball regular season title, there should be no issues of gained weight from a lazy off-season.
ASJ, like Price, has some unfinished business of his own. As a freshman, his 538 yards receiving ranked 3rd all time for TE’s, a number I’m sure he will want to surpass as a sophomore.
Also, he has been named to the pre-season watch list for the Mackey Award. ASJ is one of only two sophomore’s in the country on this list.
Kasen Williams, WR
Though he only started 3 games last year, he did see action in all 13 for the Huskies.
Look for him to get a lot more snaps with the first team this year, as well as continue to be the number one punt returning option for the Dawgs, where he’s as dangerous as anybody in the conference.
With multiple catches in all of his games last year, and with the departure of Jermaine Kearse, a knowledgeable replacement will be needed, and Kasen Williams fits the bill nicely.
Desmond Trufant, CB
The younger brother of Seahawks great Marcus Trufant, Desmond Trufant has made quite a little name for himself as well, but with the good guys in purple, not those nasty Cougars from the eastern part of the state.
A 13 game starter during his junior season, Trufant was all Pac-12 honorable mention for the Dawgs.
Trufant seemed to come up big, the bigger the opponent last year, I think his numbers will continue to rise even more as a senior.
Unless he tanks so the Seahawks can draft him that is.
Josh Shirley, DE
As a third year sophomore, Josh Shirley is coming off his red-shirt season in which he started 7 of the 13 games for the Huskies.
Red-shirt’s are the players who can make or break a team. Having that extra year with the team in practice situations develops a keen since of the playbook, and your teammates actions, but this is not anywhere close to real game scenarios.
Shirley made the transition flawlessly, and is a hopeful starter for all 12, and possible 13 (Bowl appearance) games this season.
Playing in all 13 games last year, despite not being named the full time starter, Shirley still found his way into the backfield in every game.
Saving his biggest game for last, 5 tackles, including 3 for sacks against Baylor in the Alamo Bowl.
Let’s have some more of that please Mr. Shirley.
So there it is, My top five players for the 2012 Washington Huskies.
Like I said above, these guys are the one’s we will need to count on to go Bowling once again in 2012!