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The 2011 season was a turning point for the Washington Huskies football program. Coach Steve Sarkisian was looking for progress from a team that was atrocious in recent years’ past. Husky fans were mourning the loss of Jake Locker to the NFL and were unsure if this revamped Huskies lineup could get the job done.
Little did we all know that Keith Price would quickly erase all skepticism about Locker’s replacement.
And Chris Polk took many fans down memory lane as he dashed his way to several rushing records, dethroning Husky legend Napoleon Kaufman in most cases.
The season had its ups and downs, but it showed the fan base they had a LOT to look forward to. The big play capability from Keith Price and his core of receivers made this Husky team fun to watch. In fact, they had some pretty flashy and impressive displays of offense.
Let’s take a look at *MY* top 5 plays of 2011.
The Alamo Bowl was obviously the crowning achievement for this Husky offense. The outpouring of points and yards kept the Huskies in the game against Heisman winner Robert Griffin III and his high scoring Baylor Bears.
Over the course of the game, Keith Price outplayed his counterpart and put himself on the national map.
With his arm and his ability to extend plays by scrambling and rushing, Price put on an impressive display of offense from start to finish in the game. Although the Huskies lost the game 67-56, there was plenty to smile about. Here are his highlights from the Alamo Bowl.
Although Chris Polk is gone now and in the NFL, he forever left his mark in Husky lore. He set many new records and came very close to others. This Husky team benefited greatly from his skill set as he carried the team on his back at times.
While Polk had many stellar, record setting performances, the game against Arizona stands out the most. The Huskies won the game 42-31, but Chris Polk rushed his way into the history books, becoming the first Husky to ever rush for 100 yards and receive more than 100 yards in a single game.
Polk’s 244 yards of total offense included 144 yards rushing, 100 yards receiving, 4 rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown.
This highlight is from RealDawg.com from the endzone as Polk scored his 4th rushing touchdown with 3:59 left in the game to tip the scales in favor of Washington.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins came onto the college football scene in a big way. Everyone knew he was going to be good, but little did they know he would immediately establish himself as one of the top Tight Ends in all of college football…as a freshman.
ASJ made several highlight reels over the course of the season, but my top play from him you won’t find on many of those reels. The Huskies were playing Pac-12 newcomers Colorado in a blowout that eventually ended in a 52-24 victory for Washington.
Despite the fact the game was already out of hand, Seferian-Jenkins would not relent in his efforts. In this play (go to 2:11 in this YouTube video to see it), he lays himself out to make a stellar diving grab.
He easily could have let the pass go, but his work ethic would not let him do that.
Instead, he makes the beautiful play you see here.
Another freshman who burst onto the scene in 2011 was wide receiver Kasen Williams. He was a highly touted local talent who had big play potential. He lived up to the hype – ask the Cougars.
Williams made quite a few spectacular catches, but one takes the cake. Ask ANY Husky fan. In the annual matchup with Washington State, the Apple Cup, Williams turned out an unforgettable performance.
The Huskies cruised to victory, downing the Cougars 38-21.
It was topped by one play that will forever stand out.
Jermaine Kearse was a special talent for the Huskies. The wide receiver is now vying for a spot on the Seattle Seahawks roster, but had a senior year to remember at Washington.
Kearse is not known as a flashy player, and he didn’t make many dazzling catches. He did his job well, running his routes perfectly and snaring just about every ball thrown his way.
He was not known as a highlight reel guy, you can tell that by searching for him on YouTube. He just did his job damn well.
This is a highlight reel of probably his best game of the season, the Alamo Bowl. Yes, the bowl game was the crowning achievement.
It put Washington’s potent offense and offensive players on the map in college football and was one of the most impressive offensive outputs by any team in history.
And if you want to get your Husky highlight fix in general, here is a small clip of the team’s 2011 highlights as a whole.
The new season is upon us.
Get ready to see some more of this.