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Huskies Post Game: Syracuse

The Huskies got their first win of the year last night at Husky Stadium against Syracuse, 41-20. The Dawgs’ struggled early on; there wasn’t any offensive rhythm and special team’s mistakes led to an early 10-0 lead for the Orange.  But, then the Huskies found it.  They played like the team we had planned on seeing this year.  They outscored Syracuse 41-10 through the rest of the game and it wasn’t much of a contest after the first couple plays in the second half.

Jermaine Kearse had a monster day (9 receptions for 179 yards), as the offense used big plays to dominate.  The defense was solid too.  They gave up two or three big plays but the two touchdowns Syracuse scored were because of a special teams penalty and a turnover.

I’ll review this one by taking a look at each position.  I haven’t been able to find a replay anywhere yet, FSN decided to show a replay of Wyoming and Texas instead, so I won’t be as thorough as I’d like to be but these were my first impressions from being there.  Continue reading

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UW Huskies Offensive Preview

In 2009, the Husky offense was largely inconsistent, often showing excellent playmaking ability up until the time they needed to score on the goal line or keep a drive going late in the game.  The hope is this year they will find that consistency and become the high-powered threat that their talent suggests.

Quarterback

Starter: Jake Locker  Maybe you’ve heard of this guy.  Senior starter who passed up millions to try to lead his team to a bowl game and make a run at the Heisman trophy.  He could be the best quarterback in the country, but he does need to make improvements, chiefly with his accuracy.  Sarkisian has him aiming for a 70% completion rate and 3/1 touchdown to interception ratio, which would be a season for the ages.  He likely won’t quite make that, but there’s no bigger threat at the position in the country.

Depth: Keith Price & Nick Montana  The two backups are still fighting for the job, although it appears Price has pulled ahead for now.  Price is more of an athlete who has struggled with his accuracy at times.  Montana, son of Joe, has the smarts but maybe not quite the arm strength or physical maturity yet.  Price will likely backup on a game to game basis, but if Locker went down for an extended period, either might take over.

Analysis: If Locker stays healthy, it doesn’t get much better.  If he goes down, it’s hard to say what would happen with Price or Montana under center. Continue reading

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Husky Position Overviews – Fullback

This is one spot where the Huskies have to replace their starter.  Paul Homer had a great four years at Washington and he will be missed.  I will also miss Matthew saying “He’ll take you Homer” anytime the guy touched the ball.  The Dawgs do have some young talent at fullback.

Austin Sylvester, 6-1, 241, SR:  Sylvester has played on special teams for the last two years.  He won’t do anything flashy but that’s hardly what the fullback position is for anyway.  Sylvester is a solid blocker and could be a good contributor to the Huskies run game because of that.  As far as potential goes, Sylvester’s ceiling is not very high.  You basically know what you have in him and while he will improve, he might not have the skill that the other fullback’s possess.  I put him first on this depth chart because he’s older but I think he might get passed up before September.

What Sylvester needs to improve on this spring:  Sylvester needs to improve his play making.  In Sark’s pro-style offense the fullback is used out of the backfield more than the typical fullback.  If Sylvester wants to be the starter he needs to be able to catch the dump off pass and turn it into a positive play. 

Kimo Makaula, 6-2, 248, RS FR:  As far as the coolest Husky name goes, Kimo is right up there.  Makaula red-shirted last year and was one of Sark’s first recruits.  He is very strong and is supposed to be quite athletic.  He might fit the mold of fullback better than Sylvester does but lacks the experience.

What Makaula needs to improve on this spring:  Makaula needs to make sure that he’s got the offense down and is comfortable with it.  As far as physical skills go he has the edge on Sylvester but he doesn’t have the same amount of experience, he needs to make up for that this spring and show that he’s comfortable with his job.  He’s a good young player who will only improve.  He has a good deal of potential and needs to maximize that. 

Position Overview:  This is one of the few positions in the Husky offense that is up for grabs.  When it comes down to it I think Sylvester and Makaula will split time this year.  They each need to have a solid spring and show an understanding of the offense since neither have seen significant time in games.  Zach Fogerson will be here in the fall, so he won’t be practicing with the team during spring practices.  He is a very highly rated fullback and will be a good contributor for the Huskies for years to come. 

http://www.uwdawgpound.com/ has also been doing position overviews as of late.  They are quite a bit different from mine and very good.  Check them out.  As always, thanks for reading!

Andrew

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