All UW All The Time
As I touched upon in one of my recent articles, the Washington Huskies have a number of productive, but relatively unknown and under-appreciated players. They are treasured. The Huskies would be less of a team without them.
But stars are stars for a reason, and when you get down to brass tacks, a disproportionate amount of Washington’s offense will likely come through the efforts of five exceptional players.
Keith Price. #17. QB.
Starting with the obvious. In the game of football, plays are usually initiated and controlled by the quarterback. This makes the quarterback an important part of the offense.
At his best, Price has been an uber-athletic playmaker with a solid arm. At his worst, he’s been inaccurate, fumbled frequently and made bad decisions in the pocket. Washington’s season will be dictated on offense by whichever version of Price shows up this year.
Bishop Sankey. #25. RB.
Blessed art thou of Husky Nation, for thee have been graced with the holy presence of a Bishop.
Last season, Washington fans were ringing the church bells as Bishop Sankey came out of nowhere and cranked off one of the greatest seasons ever by a Husky running back. He tallied 1,439 yards and 16 touchdowns, and those numbers speak for themselves.
Sankey has a great combination of size and speed, capped off with elite field vision and elusiveness. The word is out now about Sankey, and Pac-12 defenses will be gearing up to stop him; but they’ll have a fight on their hands. NFL scouts will be watching him closely.
Kasen Williams. #2. WR.
Kasen Williams was an impact player as a highly touted true freshman in 2011, and never looked back. Despite being the team’s only real threat at wide receiver, Williams put up a monster season, attracting the eyes of the NFL in the process. His size, speed, and athletic ability are elite, and he will be one of the best receivers in the Pac-12 this season.
Although he should receive more help in 2013, Williams will still be the clear cut No. 1 receiver.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins. #88. TE.
Already the greatest tight end in Washington history, and the favorite for the Mackey Award (given to the best tight end in the country), Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a truly phenomenal player. At 6’6”, 266 pounds, ASJ’s combination of monstrous size, deceptive speed and great hands makes him uncoverable.
He was a savior for Washington time and time again last season, saving drives with clutch third-down catches, often in traffic or over smaller defenders. Although he’s still dealing with the lingering effects of his DUI incident, it doesn’t appear he will miss any games.
Likely gone next year as a first-round NFL draft pick, enjoy the monster 2013 season ASJ will put up while you can.
Micah Hatchie. #72. OL.
He doesn’t have any stats, and he’ll never have the same kind of highlight reel as the position players above, but left tackle Micah Hatchie is unquestionably one of Washington’s most important players.
Starting at every game last season protecting the blind side, Hatchie is a lock to do the same in 2013.
One of the anchors of a revitalized offensive line, Hatchie and the rest of the unit’s noticeable improvement in the spring game has stoked excitement in Husky Nation.
Even though much has been made of Washington’s new uptempo offense, and the more diverse options Price will have, it’s still very clear who the playmakers are.