Washington Huskies 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Washington Huskies 2016 Preview
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The Washington Huskies were 7-6 last season and finished with a win in the 2015 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl Game against Southern Miss.
Overview: Chris Petersen and the Washington Huskies will look to start the season strong with the best team they have had under Petersen. Washington has some experience returning and will still have one of the better defenses in the PAC-12. Washington starts the year with 3 easy games before getting into conference play. This Washington team could be very dangerous in the PAC-12 this season, but how do they stack up in all three phases of the game?
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Offense: Jon Smith and the Washington Huskies offense will look to build on a very strong finish to last season. Washington averaged 30.6 points per game with 163.8 rushing yards and 239.2 passing yards per game last season. Jake Browning returns as the quarterback for Washington after throwing for 2,955 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. Myles Gaskin is expected to start at running back after rushing for 1,302 yards and 14 touchdowns in his freshmen season last year. Dante Pettis is the returning receiver that had the most yards last season with 414 yards and 1 touchdown. It will be important for Washington’s receivers to step up and provide reliable targets for Browning.
Defense: Pete Kwiatkowski and the Washington defense will look to build on their successes of last season. The Washington defense gave up only 18.8 points per game with 125.3 rushing yards and 226.5 passing yards per game. Azeem Victor led the way for the Huskies defense last season with 95 tackles and 1 interception and will be returning at linebacker. Keishawn Bierria was second on the team in tackles last season and will also be returning at linebacker. Sidney Jones will be back at cornerback after totaling 45 tackles and 4 interceptions last season. The Washington defensive line will need to replace some production lost from last year, and that will start with Elijah Qualls, who had 26 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2015. This Washington defense has to fill some spots, but should be set for another very good season.
Special Teams: Washington will have to fill the punter spot, while Cameron Van Winkle is expected to do the place kicking after going 16-20 last season. Dante Pettis will handle the punt return duties, while John Ross will be the kick returner.
Outlook: I really like how this Washington team is looking going into 2016. They have a lot of experience and look poised for a breakout season. It will be critical to start the season with 3 strong wins in order to go into conference play with full confidence. I expect Washington to have 8 wins at the very least, with the possibility of upsetting teams like Stanford and Oregon.
Sat 9/3: Rutgers
Sat 9/10: Idaho
Sat 9/17: Portland St
Sat 9/24: @ Arizona
Fri 9/30: Stanford
Sat 10/8: @ Oregon
Sat 10/22: Oregon St
Sat 10/29: @ Utah
Sat 11/5: @ Cal
Sat 11/12: USC
Sat 11/19: Arizona St
Fri 11/25: @ WSU