Preview 2018: Washington Huskies. They're Playoff Good, But ...

Preview 2018: Washington Huskies. They're Playoff Good, But ...

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Preview 2018: Washington Huskies. They're Playoff Good, But ...

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Best Washington Offensive Player

QB Jake Browning, Sr.
He’s not all that big at 6-2 and 206 pounds, but he’s been tough against the run. He’s not the greatest athlete, but he ran for seven touchdowns last year. He doesn’t have the biggest arm, but he averaged over eight yards per pass.

No, he might not quite seem the part of a high-powered passer, but in three years he has thrown for 9,104 yards and 78 touchdowns, hitting on 64% of his passes to do it.

Yes, he threw for 43 touchdowns two years ago and 19 last season, but he was more accurate, cut down on his picks from nine to five, and had a great command of the attack.

2. RB Myles Gaskin, Sr.
3. OT Trey Adams, Sr.
4. OT Kaleb McGary, Sr.
5. OG/C Nick Harris, Jr.

Best Washington Defensive Player

S Taylor Rapp, Jr.
A star in the classroom and on the field, the team’s second-leading returning tackler eared First Team All-Pac-12 honors after coming up with 59 tackles and an interception.

The 6-0, 207-pounder has fantastic range, is always around the ball – picking off four passes with 52 tackles as a freshman – and has been ultra-consistent. Best of all, he’s a killer in the open field – he doesn’t miss a stop – as the star of an amazing secondary that should be among the best in the Pac-12.

2. LB Ben Burr-Kirven, Sr.
3. DT Greg Gaines, Sr.
4. S JoJo McIntosh, Sr.
5. LB Tevis Bartlett, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

WR Aaron Fuller, Jr. 
The receiving corps will be fine. There are plenty of options – especially throwing the tight ends in the mix – and there’s a whole lot of speed and talent. However, Washington passing game lost home run hitter Dante Pettis a year after not having NFL Combine superstar speedster John Ross to work with.

Jake Browning will make everyone around him better, but he needs a No. 1 target.

The 5-10, 190-pound Fuller has done his part, catching 16 passes as a freshman and finishing third on the team last year with 26 catches for 291 yards and a score.  That’s fine, but can he be a volume catcher?

Fuller is another Washington receiver with big-time speed, and he started to come on over the second half of last year, finishing with his biggest game against Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Key Game To The Washington Season

Auburn, Sept. 1
Of course the Huskies have to beat Stanford on November 3rd, and deal with a trip to Oregon on October 13th, and survive road games at Utah, Cal and Washington State.

But if this really and truly is going to be another one of those seasons like 2016 with a shot at going to the College Football Playoff, Washington needs a brand-name non-conference win.

It also needs a big win over a really good team – something that’s been missing over the last few years. Beat Auburn on a national stage in the first ever meeting between the two schools, and it’s Game On.

2017 Washington Fun Stats

– 2nd Quarter Scoring: Washington 144 – Opponents 49
– Punt Return Average: Washington 18.3 yards – Opponents 5.3 yards
– Average Yards Per Carry: Washington 5.0 – Opponents 2.9

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