Come Visit in the Purple Reign!
Last season had a bittersweet ending for the University of Washington football team. Coach Peterson guided the Huskies to their best season in almost 20 years, but it ended with a loss to Alabama in the new College Football Playoff Semi-final. Despite the 24-7 score against a very tough Alabama team, the game was actually much closer than a simple 17 point deficit. Alabama had another dominant year and lost the championship to Clemson on the last play of that game. The 2017-2018 Huskies are hungry and ready for a return to the College Football Playoffs to redeem themselves after last year’s loss.
There are a few questions for this Washington football team, and lots to be excited about. Last year the Husky defense was stingy and dominant. The Husky defense was the only team in college football to hold every opponent to less than 30 points in a game, while also leading the nation with 33 takeaways. The team lost 4 defensive players to the NFL draft, but a young aggressive secondary and tough linebacker group look to earn their self-proclaimed “Death Row” moniker.
This will be an exciting season for college football fans!
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Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria arrived together as members of the same freshman class. Upon their arrival they became fast friends, and have been roommates ever since. During their early days together they promised each other that they would leave Washington the same way they arrived, together. “We grind every day together,” Bierria says. “I go to sleep when he goes to sleep. We watch film together every day at home. We spend almost every second of the day together. When we get tired, I feel like we have the same mindset — keep hunting. And don’t back down.” In 2016 linebacker Azeem Victor looked to be an early NFL draft pick. Unfortunately Victor’s junior season was cut short after suffering a broken leg. With many of their defensive teammates heading to the NFL early Bierria and Victor honored their promise and will be back together for their senior season. Bierria and Victor combine to form one of the best linebacker duos in the nation and will be key in leading the defense this year.
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On the offensive side of the ball quarterback Jake Browning finished the final 3 games of the year with an undisclosed shoulder surgery which required surgery. Although he had a great year, he seemed a bit off during the USC game, and not as sharp as usual against Alabama. Leading wide receiver John Ross left for the NFL, but the offense is ready for another big season with a healthy Jake Browning and most of the offense returning. Running back Myles Gaskin is a fast, tough runner who helps keep the opposing defense honest. With Browning airing it out, and Gaskin pounding the ball on the ground, the Huskies should have another solid year offensively. Husky Stadium was recently rebuilt and the open end of the stadium has beautiful views of Lake Washington, Mt Rainier, and the Cascade Mountains. Husky Stadium has its own Light Rail station making it an easy commute for games. This season’s home schedule features games against Montana, Fresno State, Cal, UCLA, Oregon, and the 117th annual Apple Cup against instate rival Washington State.
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