UW Football Season Recap: Part 1

As I sit here and watch the recording of the UW-Stanford game for quite possibly the 4th time, I think to myself 1) Thank God Josh Nunes was at QB for the Cardinal that game, 2) We probably threw 50% of our passes behind the line of scrimmage this year, and 3) This season may have not been what we really thought it was. What do I mean by that, you might ask? “We beat two top ten teams, one of which won the Rose Bowl!”

This season was a mixed bag, to say the very least. The elation of knocking off top-ten ranked Stanford and Oregon State, to the dejection of getting decimated by Arizona and blowing a 18-point lead in the Apple Cup. This is probably why I have found this article to be such a struggle to write. What route do I take? Was this season a success? Was it a failure? The sour taste that still lingers with the result of the final two games may make me lean towards the latter.

I think we can all agree that the season did not finish the way we had hoped for. What was easily the worst loss for Steve Sarkisian since joining the Huskies in 2009, to a heartbreaking two point thriller down in Vegas, it was a tough pill to swallow at the end. But what went wrong? Why couldn’t the Dawgs reach that benchmark eight win club? Especially against the lowly Cougars!

A lot of the blame can be attributed to the offense. Keith Price of 2011 was nowhere to be found this year. Honestly, I can’t even remember a single half where we saw that form out of #17. He struggled mightily all season, throwing 14 less touchdowns than a year ago and seeing his QB rating plummet from 161.9 to 122.4. He displayed close to zero confidence on the field, and gave the ball up in crucial situations, most of them being plays that left you scratching your head wondering what you had just witnessed. I will concede, the loss of Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar proved to be very significant to the effectiveness of Price this season, but good QBs are able to overcome those obstacles, especially when you have arguably the best tight end in the country and a wide receiver that can play with the best of them in this conference. We expected Keith to be the leader and playmaker that we saw him become a year ago and it never came to fruition. This is unquestionably the most glaring reason as to why they Huskies finished this season with a 7-6 record and recorded some pretty dismal losses on the way.

On a more positive note, surprisingly the running game didn’t really miss a beat. We all assumed it would be near to impossible to fill the hole that Chris Polk left after a magnificent career in the Purple and Gold, but Bishop Sankey filled those shoes quite nicely. Early season-ending injuries to Jesse Callier and Deontae Cooper squashed the “running back-by-committee” approach that the Huskies were planning to unveil. But Bish handled the added workload like a seasoned vet. Amassing 1,439 rushing yards (an amazing 5.0 ypc) to go along with 16 touchdowns behind a makeshift line, it was nothing short of incredible. He carried the offense multiple times this season and unquestionably gets my vote for offensive player of the year.

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UW Football Recruiting Update – 1/31

We are less than 12 hours away from when letter of intents start rolling off of fax machines across the country. We know of Shaq Thompson’s verbal commitment, but who else have the Dawgs picked up? Let’s take a look.

  • Four star wide receiver, Jordan Payton (Oaks Christian HS, CA), made it official today by verbally committing to UW on ESPNU. He will bring depth and size to a young but very talented Husky receiving corp that lost both starters this season.
  • Three star offensive guard, Shane Brostek (Hawaii Prep, HI), also verbally committed to the Huskies today. Don’t overlook this commitment because he is just a three star. Ratings aren’t everything. Brostek measures in at 6’3″, 300 lbs and possesses great mobility and footwork. He is above average at run blocking.
  • Four star wide receiver, Jaydon Mickens (Dorsey HS, CA), was the third player to verbally commit to the Huskies on Tuesday, again helping fill out a recieving corp that saw a few players lost to graduation. Mickens is small in stature (5’11”,170), but makes up for it with speed. He runs a 4.5 forty according to sources but I would not be surprised if he dips down into the 4.4 range. I can see him as a nice slot receiver for the Huskies down the road.
  • In the past few days UW lost a few offensive line recruits to other schools. I won’t really expand on it because here on SS&O we are all about the Dawgs, but Zach Banner (OT, Lakes HS, WA) chose USC and Arik Armstead (OG, Pleasant Grove HS, CA) chose Oregon. It’s too bad the Huskies couldn’t land these guys because they are both very talented, but let’s focus on the guys who want to be at UW, shall we?

As most of our readers now know, Signing Day is tomorrow, February 1st, so expect there to be a little more action on the recruiting front for the Dawgs. Here’s a list of players who you could possibly see choosing the Purple and Gold, and where I predict they will actually end up:

Check back after Signing Day to get a full breakdown of the Huskies 2012 recruiting class. Go Dawgs.