Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Washington Huskies season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Washington Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 10-4 overall, 7-2 in Pac-12
Head Coach: Chris Petersen, 5th year, 47-21
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WASHINGTON OFFENSE
– The offense that finished fifth in the Pac-12 and struggled to score at least returns a ton of experience. The backfield might be missing the starters, but there could be an upgrade at quarterback, the running game should be fine, and there’s NFL talent on the offensive line. But …
– The receiving corps should be a massive strength thanks to the return of almost all of the key parts. In seniors Aaron Fuller and Andre Baccellia and junior Ty Jones, there’s a great combination of talents among last year’s three top pass catchers.
Fuller and Jones can stretch the field, Baccellia is a volume receiver, and along with the return of TE Hunter Bryant – who caught 11 passes averaging over 21 yards per catch in his five games – along with a great talent in sophomore Cade Otten, this is a fantastic group. Now …
– The pressure is on for Jacob Eason to be the real deal to get this receiving corps the ball. With Jake Browning done after his long and successful career, and with the transfer of Colson Yankoff to UCLA, it’s up to the Georgia transfer to be ready to rock. Eason is a 6-6, 228-pound talent with NFL skills, and best of all for UW, he’s got something to prove.
New recruit Dylan Morris is a smallish passer with a ton of skill and upside, Jacob Sirmon is a 6-5 passer, and sophomore Jake Haener is the one who’ll push Eason for the gig after seeing a little time behind Browning.
– Myles Gaskin is done after running for close to 1,300 yards with 12 scores, but Salvon Ahmed is a 5-11, 193-pound talent who’s more than ready to fill the void. He ran for 608 yards and seven scores – averaging close to six yards per carry – but he hasn’t had to be a workhorse. He can catch, too. Smallish Sean McGrew and 215-pound Kamari Pleasant will work in to the rotation, but freshman Cameron Davis will get a long look.
– Considering the talent on the offensive line, it should’ve been better, and it could be stronger this year. Kaleb McGary is off being a tackle for the Atlantic Falcons, but as long as Trey Adams is healthy, the Dawgs have an NFL talent to star at one tackle gig. Nick Harris is an all-star center, senior Jared Hilbers is a veteran at another tackle spot, and Luke Wattenberg is a strong junior guard.