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2022 Football Preview

Find season previews for Washington State, UW, Eastern, Idaho and Whitworth, as well as the Seahawks, plus features, predictions and more.

Sports >  WSU football

2022 football preview: New frontman Cameron Ward brings an up-tempo rhythm in Jake Dickert’s first full season at Washington State

And so begins the Jake Dickert era at Washington State. For real, this time. The Cougs played well under Dickert for the final six games of the 2021 season, after coach Nick Rolovich was dismissed for failing to comply with a state COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Yet Dickert’s seventh game at the helm – 6:30 p.m. Saturday versus Idaho – will signal the proper start to his head-coaching career at WSU.
Sports >  WSU football

2022 football preview: Game-by-game predictions for the Washington State Cougars

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 31, 2022

Washington State’s nonconference football slate features two favorable matchups against lower-level opponents and one major test on the road against a notable Power Five foe. The Cougars open Pac-12 play with a grueling month-long stretch, during which they will face four of the conference’s best projected teams – including defending champion Utah. WSU’s schedule for November is much less daunting. The Cougars close their season with four very winnable games, all against opponents they beat in 2021.
Sports >  WSU football

2022 football preview: Washington State counting on transfers Cameron Ward, Daiyan Henley to deliver big numbers

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 31, 2022

WSU retained a strong nucleus of veteran players from last year’s squad, but the Cougars made several significant additions via the transfer portal this offseason as they reshaped their program and laid the foundation for the Dickert era. WSU signed 10 immediate-impact transfers, a haul headlined by a pair of potential superstars in Ward and senior linebacker Daiyan Henley, a former Nevada standout.

Sports >  Whitworth

A legacy of elite frontmen: New lead slingers take the reins at Washington State, Eastern and UW, schools where excellent QB play is the standard

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 1, 2022

Cameron Ward will start at Washington State. Michael Penix Jr. will do so at Washington. Gunner Talkington is now the starter at Eastern Washington. All three are out to prove this fall that they are the next frontman to lead his team to great seasons. Because at these programs, through exhaustive recruiting and rigorous development and retention, excellent quarterback play has become the standard.
Sports >  Whitworth

Top 40 countdown: John Friesz, Jason Gesser and Ryan Leaf set the standard for greatness among local college QBs over the past 40 seasons

It's pretty much a given that the Golden Age of College Quarterbacking in our neck of the gridiron extends from the early 1980s to today. In that span, the college programs of the Inland Northwest have produced 10 NFL draft picks, five Walter Payton Award winners and 26 of the 30 winningest quarterbacks in the schools' collective histories. So 40 pretty good years. Let's see if we can come up with the best quarterbacks, from 1 to 40.
Sports >  UW football

2022 football preview: UW hits the stage with a new lineup led by an exciting new duo – coach Kalen DeBoer and QB Michael Penix Jr.

For context, a brief recap of the grim 2021 season: The Washington Huskies opened their football season with their first loss in history to an FCS team (Montana) and wrapped it up with a 40-13 shellacking by their in-state rival Washington State. In between, they won just four games and agreed to shell out $9.9 million to be rid of their head coach, Jimmy Lake (a former player at North Central High and Eastern Washington).
Sports >  Seattle Seahawks

2022 football preview: The Pete Carroll-John Schneider duo has produced plenty of big numbers, but loss of frontman Russell Wilson could leave Seahawks out of tune

A series of subpar drafts and the aging of cornerstone stars couldn’t sustain the level of play that had made the Seahawks perennial contenders. Follow up a 7-10 season (last in the NFC West) by trading the franchise’s best quarterback (Russell Wilson) and releasing the all-time leading tackler (Bobby Wagner), and here you are. Starting from the bottom.