UW co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake is not concerned about players looking ahead. “It is all in on beating Oregon State,” he says.
Ferocious on the field and calm in the classroom, Huskies LB Tevis Bartlett sticks to a hectic routine of balancing college, football and student teaching in order to pursue a career as an educator.
Jake Browning was angry and probably had every right to be. After four seasons as Washington’s starting quarterback, the last thing Browning expected was to be benched because of the Huskies’ offensive woes. Instead of letting the benching a week ago against California fester, Browning responded as Washington hoped, throwing one touchdown and running for another in the Huskies’ 27-23 victory over Stanford on Saturday.
Washington coach Chris Petersen says indications are that left tackle Trey Adams intends to return for a fifth season after missing most of this one because of a back injury.
Myles Gaskin returned after missing two games due to a shoulder injury to rush for 148 yards and one touchdown, and Washington built a big early lead before needing Taylor Rapp’s interception on the final play to beat Stanford 27-23.
Saturday’s Washington-Stanford loser will be saddled with three conference losses and will need a lot of help to catch division leader Washington State by the end of the regular season.
The offensive coordinator, Chris Petersen knows, is often an easy target for backlash. And that has certainly been the case this week for Bush Hamdan, Washington’s offensive coordinator who is in his first season as a play-caller at the FBS level
Chris Petersen tried to make it clear Monday that his decision to bench quarterback Jake Browning during Washington’s loss to California was an attempt to spark the Huskies’ sluggish offense and not an indictment of his fourth-year senior quarterback.
Linebacker Evan Weaver scored on a 36-yard interception return in the third quarter after Washington made a change at quarterback, and California overcome a sluggish day offensively to beat the No. 15 Huskies 12-10. The Golden Bears (5-3, 2-3 Pac-12) had only 245 yards and were limited to two field goals, but Weaver and the defense repeatedly bailed out the struggling offense.
No. 15 Washington bounced back from an overtime road loss to the Ducks and beat Colorado last week to slip back into first place in the Pac-12 North. The Huskies will attempt to hang onto first place against California at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. That Washington is in position to control its own destiny in the race for the conference championship is quite a change to how the Huskies felt following their 30-27 overtime loss to the Ducks.
A quote attributed to Chris Petersen circulated last week, even being read on CBS nationally: “If we had Alabama’s schedule, we’d be undefeated.” The problem? Petersen didn’t actually say that.
Myles Gaskin missed the first game of his career with Washington last weekend, which speaks to the durability of the Huskies’ star running back after 3