2009 Washington Team Preview

Aug. 28, 2009

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    TEAM QUICK FACTS
    2008 Overall Record: 0-12
    2008 Pac-10 record/Finish: 0-9/10th

    Starters Returning/Lost: 18/6
    Offensive Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3
    Defensive Starters Returning/Lost: 10/1
    Starting Kickers Returning/Lost: 0/2

    First Year of Football: 1889
    All-Time Record: 650-400-50
    All-Time Pac-10 Record: 337-265-25
    All-Time Bowl Record/Appearances: 14-14-1
    Last Bowl Appearance: 2002 (lost to Purdue in Sun Bowl)

    sarkasianHEAD COACH STEVE SARKISIAN
    (BYU 1997)
    First Year at Washington

    Record at Washington: First year
    Overall Career Record: First year

    Coaching Experience
    Is embarking in his first head coaching job in Seattle ... coached at USC under Pete Carroll from 2005-2008, helping the Trojans capture the Pac-10 crown each year ... Quarterbacks coach of the NFL's Oakland Raiders in 2004 ... was also on the staff at USC from 2001-2003 prior to joining the Raiders.

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    HUSKIES ON WATCH LISTS
    Locker Named on O'Brien Watch List
    Goodwin Named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List
    Te'o-Nesheim Named to Bednarik Watch List
    Locker Named to Maxwell Award Watch List

     

    A QUICK LOOK AT THE HUSKIES
    OFFENSE:
    New head coach Steve Sarkisian greets eight returning starters back on offense, and that does not count QB Jake Locker, the leader of the Huskies. Locker injured his thumb in the fourth game of last season and with him out of the lineup, the Huskies averaged only 10 points per game. Sarkisian looks to replace the spread option with a pro-style offense, so Locker figures to be a pass-first quarterback with a lot fewer planned running plays. One weapon available to Locker will be WR D'Andre Goodwin, who blossomed last year in leading the Huskies in receiving with 60 catches for 692 yards. That makes him the leading returning receiver in the Pac-10 this season.

    DEFENSE: The Huskies return a whopping 10 starters on defense and hope this unit will be much improved with experience. The standout up front is DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection last year who has led the Huskies in quarterback sacks in each of the last two seasons. OLB Mason Foster led both UW and the Conference in tackles last year and S Nate Williams anchors the secondary.

    THE SCHEDULE: The good news is new coach Steve Sarkisian opens the season with three straight home games. The bad news is LSU and USC are among that opening trio. It's an attractive home schedule as rivals Oregon and Washington State come to Husky Stadium, as do California and Arizona.

    Locker

    FIVE HUSKIES TO WATCH

    10Jake Locker (Pictured)
    JR • QB • 6-3 • 222

    66 • Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
    SR • DE • 6-4 • 263

    11 • D'Andre Goodwin
    JR • WR • 5-11 • 175

    40 • Mason Foster
    JR • OLB • 6-1 • 229

    8 • Nate Williams
    JR • S • 6-0 • 207

     
    2009 SCHEDULE
     
     
    (6 home, 6 away)
     
    Sept. 5 LSU LSU leads, 1-0
    Sept. 12 Idaho WASH leads,
    34-2-2
    Sept. 19 USC USC leads,
    49-26-4
    Sept. 26 at Stanford WASH leads,
    40-35-4
    Oct. 3 at Notre Dame ND leads, 8-0
    Oct. 10 Arizona WASH leads,
    16-8-1
    Oct. 17 at Arizona State WASH leads,
    15-13
    Oct. 24 Oregon WASH leads,
    58-38-5
    Nov. 7 at UCLA UCLA leads,
    37-29-2
    Nov. 14 at Oregon State WASH leads,
    57-32-4
    Nov. 28 Washington State WASH leads,
    64-31-6
    Dec. 5 California

    WASH leads, 
    47-38-4

         
     
    2008 RESULTS
     
    (0-12, 0-9 Pac-10/1st)
    L, 10-44 at Oregon
    L, 27-28 BYU
    L, 14-55 Oklahoma
    L, 28-35 Stanford
    L, 14-48 at Arizona
    L, 13-34 Oregon State
    L, 7-33 Notre Dame
    L, 0-56 at USC
    L, 19-39 Arizona State
    L, 7-27 UCLA
    L, 13-16 at Washington State
    L, 7-48 at California
       
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