When Husky Stadium is a Rockin!

October 21, 2010 Leave a comment

 

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Bored at work thoughts for Saturday.

Will my face mirror the reaction from the close to heart attack win this Saturday or will it be more like i just put two sour War Heads in my mouth at the same time? The trend of the season is that I’ll be squinting with tears of pain and wanting to get the taste out of my mouth but can’t. How will the Dawgs avoid this? By winning. How will they do it? (ready for a John Madden answer?) Score more points then Arizona. Really? Duh. But Arizona’s D is good. Ours is just OK, coming together no doubt, but still average at best.

The night of the Beaver Belly Bust (Just came up with that) the Huskies Defense came through when needed. Now for the next four quarters it needs to mimic its self in crunch time. I am tired of loosing one winning one loosing one winning one, that’s getting drastically old for me as I’m sure it is for the rest of the Husky Nation. But for us to regain not only West Coast Dominance but National Dominance winning two in a row is crucial. Something that as we all know has not been done this year. It’s a step that must be taken. A step that hopefully will be taken.

The girls in Arizona are hot. The weather in Arizona is hot. The play of Washington’s three headed monster is really hot. Locker, Kearse, and Polk need to be flawless to pick up our second road win in the last what three years? We need Polk to carry the ball like he does with f*cking vengeance (sorry for the language but the way that kid runs the ball makes me want to “polk” my girlfriend). Locker and Kearse need to make it look like they’re just playing catch in the Wildcats back field and not like they have in a couple of games this season. Mason Foster has been a damn stud all season and I doubt that’s going to change at all this next weekend but the rest of the D needs to clone its self to his standard.

And if we don’t have any UA alumni in striped shirts this Saturday I have a sickening feeling we’ll pull this off.

GO DAWGS

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Oregon State Leftovers

October 20, 2010 2 comments

After a week off, I am back to do a little dissecting of Washington’s big win against Oregon State. I was actually at Husky Stadium for the game, which was as exciting and loud as I can remember. The see-saw of emotions I had experienced was greater than a bi-polar Brittany Spears, from 21 point lead, to an Oregon State team that came roaring back to tie the game, to a 4th quarter that became a defensive slug fest, which finally led to a double overtime victory for the Washington Huskies. By the end of the game I had lost my voice and was physically exhausted, but happy beyond words. With a game that could have left me with vomit in my mouth, instead delivered a sweet satisfying flavor.

Quarterback– On this particular night, Jake was fairly sharp, throwing for 286 yards and 5 touchdowns. Locker’s judgement was not always spot on, as he threw for one interception and had two fumbles. On a night like that will have everyone forgetting his mistakes, as he was clutch in overtime and made some really special throws. Number 10 also finished the night with 60 yards rushing, which is probably where he should be for the Huskies to win

Wide Receivers– With exception to a few drops and a couple of false starts by James Johnson, the receiving core had a great night. Jermaine Kearse was particularly exceptional, with 9 catches for 146 yards and set a Husky record with 4 touchdowns. While Jermaine may have Kearsed the Beavers, everyone got into the act and D’Andre Goodwin had another solid night with 6 catches.

Running Backs– Chris Polk, who we may as well call Mr. YAC, had another special night with 25 carries for 105 yards, 74 of which came after contact. Jesse Callier also contributed with 20 yards on 5 carries. The running back position continues to be the most consistent position on the team and no disrespect to Mr. Locker, but Chris is easily the teams best player right now. I am really looking forward to Chris being able to gain more of his yards after contact in the secondary, as the offensive line continues to improve.

Offensive Line– This was a workmen’s like night for the big guys, as they did enough to open some holes for Chris Polk and held a stout defensive line from rattling Jack Locker too much. All was not perfect, as Jake Locker’s jersey was dirtied a couple of times and on a critical 4th and 1, the line had zero push and Chris Polk ended with a 3 yard loss. Also, a few penalties had stalled potential drives. But when the offense amasses 475 yards against a very good Beavers defense, the offensive line did something right.

Defensive Line– Even though Jacquizz Rodgers had 140 yards and three touchdowns, the defensive line had it’s best performance of the season. Hau’oli Jamora had a breakout game with a big sack of Ryan Katz and had a few tackles for loss. Also with a sack was Talia Chrichton. The d-line could have been more stout on the run, but the 147 yards allowed was their lowest output since the Syracuse game. Alameda Ta’amu had a decent game, but missed a sure quarterback sack at one point.

Linebackers– Mason Foster and company were everywhere on Saturday night and had played inspired football. Foster had twelve 12 tackles, Victor Aiyewa added another 7, and Cort Dennison had flashed in front of Joe Halahuni to break the tight-end’s concentration, who’s dropped pass sealed the game for the Huskies. The linebackers continue to be the backbone of Nick Holt’s defense, and will continue to be called upon all season long.

Secondary– A three interception performance, had the secondary playing very well on a cold night. Ryan Katz really wasn’t on his game, but the secondary took advantage and Nate Williams had 12 tackles to limit what Ryan could do in the air. James Rodgers, Katz’ biggest receiving weapon, was missing, which probably aided the Dawgs and in a tight game, his presence may have changed the outcome, but he wasn’t running in the secondary and the Huskies have added a W in the win column.

Special Teams– Punter, Kiel Rasp, had another great night with an average of 48 yards per kick, but Erik Folk missed a 45 yard field goal, which is uncommon, and the Dawgs were out gained in both the return and kick off game. Not a horrible night, but really nothing to talk about, which is probably a good thing.

Coaching– Other that  a few questionable calls and some puzzling clock management to end the second half, the coaches had a fantastic gameplan on both sides of the ball. Sarkisian had scripted a fantastic opening for Jake Locker and the offense to open a surprising 21-0 lead, but the wheels came off of the bus a bit, which helped let the Beavers back into the game. Sark did a good job of keeping the offense engaged enough until overtime and then life really sparked back into them. Nick Holt’s defense looked awfully good on Saturday, and may have finally found themselves. Will they continue to play solid ball? We’ll find out when the Dawgs play the Wildcats in Tucson this weekend. Overall, this was a well prepared team and both sides of the ball played well at the same time; something that has been rare this season.

The Huskies gained their first victory over the Oregon State Beavers in six years and this was the same team that had given the Dawgs their worst beat down of the season a year ago. Now they will have to duplicate this performance next week in order to upset a very good Arizona team. Without Nick Foles, Sarkisian’s squad may just have a chance.

Ramblings of a Husky Girl: Enjoy.

October 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Thoughts on the OSU game tomorrow and an Arizona preview on Thursday. But for now, lets just relive this fun moment aka the immaculate interception.

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Ramblings of a Husky Girl: Random Thoughts of the Week

October 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Well, that was a miserable, ugly game. The defense did not make the plays they were supposed to make. The offense went away from the wonderful schemes we saw at SC and were held to a measly 14 points. We were missing a couple of key players and Jake looked lost. To add injury to insult, the rain was miserable and water-resistant does not actually mean water proof.

Lots of talk in Husky Nation this week. Here are some thoughts…..

On Jake Locker: This guy took a lot of heat this week, not only did his draft status go down, but many have demanded his benching in favor of Keith Price. My response to that is…Are you freaking kidding me?

Does everyone so quickly forget Cody Pickett? During his senior year he was obviously not playing par to his record setting junior year, and people were wondering why. Some wondered if a back-up could have done better. Then during a night game versus Oregon (One of my favorite games I’ve attended), Pickett gets hit and leaves the game early. Casey Paus comes in, runs the offense like he knows what he’s doing; throws two touchdown passes and his backs run for two more.

Coaches kept played Cody the rest of the season, but many were calling for Casey Paus to come in and relieve him, hoping that would give us an advantage or some more wins (last two games of the year were losses to UA and Cal). Come the end of the year, it is finally explained that he has a torn pectoral muscle and wasn’t playing at 100% for most of the year. After an off season of wondering why our back ups did not play, it was definitely revealed during the fiasco that was the next season.  

Jake was not where he was during the SC game (bruised thigh and flu), but he will start for the rest of the season. The coaches will play the best QB and that is Jake.  

PAC 12: Athletic Directors voted splitting the North and South divisions. The north division would consist of UW, WSU, OU, OSU, Cal, and Stanford. Southern division would be USC, UCLA, UA, ASU, Utah and Colorado. Every team would play the other five teams in their division, four from the rest of the conference on rotation and three out of conference teams.

Of course, this was all done to bring more money into the conference, but I cannot see many people that are very happy about it. Everyone in the northern division is pissed about being separated from the LA schools. Playing in LA gives exposure to schools that recruits would have not seen play and play on a national stage. The solution to this is rotating the schedule so that we play at least one LA school 4 out of every 6 years.

However, USC doesn’t like that either because it breaks traditional rivalries that they have with the other Cal schools. They want to play both northern Cal schools every year, thus leaving Washington and our other northern schools to not play in LA as often. http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/ncf/news/story?id=5686274

Basically, this sucks. Whatever happens, unless the presidents do something drastic when they vote later this month, we are going to lose LA schools. What does that mean in the long tern? Not exactly sure. I do feel as though the northern division will be a little more competitive than the southern. Conference championship should be fun.

On playing OSU: It’s make or break time for the team. We are at the sixth game of the year and still need to win four of them to get to a bowl. I think they pull it out, play like a team, come up big and win by 4.

Go Dawgs.

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Expect to Win: Austin Seferian-Jenkins

October 15, 2010 Leave a comment

In August, the Washington Huskies received a BIG commitment from the BIG Gig Harbor wide receiver, Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Although Austin may play wide receiver in high school, with his 6-7 258 pound frame, he will most definitely play at tight-end when he suites up for the Huskies. And as a tight-end, ASJ will make a welcome addition, as the position has been invisible within Steve Sarkisian’s offense. With a large frame, such as Austin’s, one would think that he may be a lumbering hulk, however, he is fleet of foot as he runs a self-described 4.63 40 yard dash. ” I like my speed. I think few people can run me down when I get into the open field, which I proved this week; I had a catch from the 29 and took it to the house and no one caught me.” And being a wide receiver in high school he also considers his hands and route running as strengths. With a man this talented one may wonder if he has any weaknesses at all, but Austin sees what he will need to improve before he becomes another in a long line of great Huskies tight-ends, “My weakness is probably my blocking. I’m probably not the best blocker. I have the strength to do it, I just need to learn the technique.” Since Seferian-Jenkins can already bench press 300 pounds, so it is safe to say that he will be just fine in the blocking department.

The Huskies will be happy to have Austin making the tight-end position a threat once again, but  Steve Sarkisian had to battle off hefty competition from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Texas, and the entire PAC 10. In the end, Washington and Texas fought tooth and nail before Seferian-Jenkins made his decision to stay close to home. Many fans want to know exactly how close it was between these two great programs. “It was pretty close. It was close as it could get. The tipping point was for my mom to actually watch me play. Playing professional football, you know, it’s a dream of mine and I have a chance to achieve it. I can go pro anywhere, that’s how I figured it, and what really mattered most to me was my family and the people that care about me. I just felt comfortable with talking with Coach Sarkisian about everything, I talked to him as soon as I got back (from Texas) and I just decided to be a Husky.” And Austin’s relationship with Steve Sarkisian and the rest of the staff didn’t hurt either, “Just the honesty I liked. He told me what I needed to work on, what I’m good at. They’re just honest people; they are going to chew you out but at the same time they are going to give you positive reinforcement. So when I saw that at practice, I don’t know, I just liked it.”

Austin’s Gig Harbor team is having a great season so far, “We are doing good. We are 5 and 1 and we got senior night this coming week and we are going to be playing Olympia. They are undefeated in league play and are undefeated just like us. It will be a test for us to see if we can stack up and see if we are league championship material.” With Gig Harbor rolling, Austin has played a big part in the team’s success, “I have 30 catches, I think, and 4 touchdowns.” But with his competitive nature, the big tight-end isn’t satisfied, “It’s alright. Yeah, I want twice as many catches and three times as many touchdowns.” This talented athlete, who also plays outside linebacker, is also anxious in competing on the basketball court for UW, “I get to play basketball at Washington too. That’s what I want to do, as well. Yeah, I will be playing basketball at the U.”

Steve Sarkisian has placed the mantra, “expect to win,” on the program, but have struggled to consistently live up to that billing. And with the Huskies struggling this season, Austin firmly believes that the Huskies will be on the national spotlight once again and wasn’t afraid to say so during his public commitment to Washington, “It was a statement that just needed to be made. I think that people that are committing to the Washington Huskies don’t want to be 0 and 12, want to lose games; we are commiting to win games and championships and Rosebowls. All the staff members up there they want to win championships. They don’t want to come in at second place. It’s always about competing and competing to your best ability. And when you have good athletes,  good players, and people competing at the highest level you’re going to be successful and win championships. And with a great coaching staff, that Washington happens to provide, it’s gonna happen.”

Washington has shown to be lacking the highest level of talent that PAC 10 championships are made of, but Austin Seferian-Jenkins let Husky fans know, during his announcement, that he would be bringing a few more five-star players with him, and while it may be coincidence, or not, that Kasen Williams committed to the Dawgs the week after, Austin continues to talk to the top talent that the Huskies will need to be competitive, “I just talk to people that are interested. I talk to James Sample, Vili Moala, DeAnthony Thomas, Greg Townsend, Antwuan Woods, Danny Shelton, those types of guys. I talk to them every once in a while. They all have a little bit of interest, but nothing is over until signing day.” And while Seferian-Jenkins may be giving the “talent” out there an ear full from time to time, he is also keeping tabs with some of the current commits and current players on the team, “I talk to Dexter Charles, Tani Tupou, I talk to Josh Shirley, who is on the team, and I talk to Kasen sometimes, but besides that I don’t really talk to any others.”

When Austin isn’t dominating on the football field, he likes to hang out with friends, play around on Facebook, watch movies, and play video games, specifically Civilization 3. “You can create anything you want, really, I mean, you can create your own army, not only that, but you can own a certain part of the world, and you get to conquer things, and that’s what I am about. They are really addictive” So Austin doesn’t just like to dominate on the football field, but needs to get his conquering fix on his off time.

The big tight-end isn’t worried about getting to the next level, and he knows that his hard work and preparation will get him to the University of Washington sooner than later. “I’m just going to continue doing what I am doing, keep working on my speed, keep working on lifting, and just working on my studies so I can get up there in March. Just keep doing what I’ve done to get me there. So nothing is really going to change, except for that I will be done playing high school football in a couple of weeks. I think that if I keep doing what I’m doing I’ll be fine and I’m not really worried about the transition and I think that everyone has a different transition to the game. I know it’s gonna be faster, but I will be able to deal with it. I’m not too worried about it.” And with March quickly approaching, he wants Husky fans to know that he is looking forward to his time in purple and gold. “I can’t wait to be their next year. I am excited!” I will speak for all Dawg fans, who are anxiously awaiting the tight-end position to mean something, by saying that we are excited too!

Joseph Gray: Mystery Man Revealed

October 12, 2010 Leave a comment

For 2010, Washington Huskies head coach, Steve Sarkisian, had been spurned by high-profile high school quarterbacks Max Wittek, Cody Kessler, Marcus Mariota, and most recently, Brett Hundley, but now the Dawgs have their man in Dorsey High School quarterback, Joseph Gray. However, when Huskies fans first heard who was headed to Montlake for next year a collective, “Huh?,” could be heard. Recruiting services didn’t even have the most up to date information on this man of mystery; one site had him listed as 5’11”, another at 6′, and yet another at 6’1″. But Steve Sarkisian knew who he was, and once again, potential and not just stars is what he is looking for. “Our recruiting coordinator, Coach Isaac, had sent my tape out and Coach Sark came down to the Compton game.” And the two have known each other for a while. “I really have a good relationship with Coach Sark because when I was in the 9th grade before I transferred to Dorsey, I was at Inglewood High School and I went to a USC camp and had a nice little tight bond with him and spent the whole day with him, basically.”

With questions of his size swirling through recruiting forums, what is Joseph’s size? “Right now I’m at 6’2″ and 190. In spring when coach came to see me I was close to 6′, ya know, so I guess they just assumed, cause’ I’ve grown since March.” Now that Joseph’s surprise commitment has shed light onto who he is, recruiting sites everywhere will have to update their data bases.

What also has begun to grow is the list of teams that had begun to sniff around Joseph Gray before Steve Sarkisian came in and offered a scholarship. “No other schools had offered, but San Jose, Fresno State, Idaho, and Oregon State were interested.” It was only a matter of time before other programs would offer, so why did he jump the gun so soon? “That’s the dream school. I’ve been pretty much salivating for that offer because I have a really close friend, Matthew Lyons, who was telling me about this pretty cool place with a family environment, it’s an up and coming program, a program on the rise, and I feel like that’s something I want to be a part of.” Joseph is also looking forward to playing for the man who he had gotten to know since the 9th grade, in Coach Sark, “He’s a great coach, I’ve always wanted to play for him.”

Five games in the season, Dorsey High, led by Joseph Gray, finds themselves sitting at 5-0 and the only undefeated team in their league. “Our team is doing good, we’re 5-0. We’re basically on top. We are the only undefeated team in the city.” And being in a stacked division with Narbone, Taft, and Crenshaw, remaining undefeated will be a challenge. With players, such as, Antauwn Woods of Taft High, Gray claims that the best player that he has faced is Crenshaw’s DeAnthony Thomas. Being the division’s only undefeated team, one of the biggest reasons Dorsey’s success has been the play of Joseph who has 1300 yards, 13 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions. With numbers that come out to 260 yards a game and 2.6 touchdowns a game, Joseph has a lot to his game, but he also understands where he needs to improve. “My greatest strength is my arm strength and weakness, sometimes I throw the deep ball a little too much. I’m not bad throwing the deep ball, but coaches say I tend to throw it too much. Just gotta go through my progressions a little quicker, check it down, then let the receivers do their part.” And with a young man who is as dedicated to the game as he is, it will only be a matter of time before Gray corrects his mistakes. “On my spare time, uh, I watch football, I play football. Pretty much, I label myself a football nerd because I like to sit in the house and watch football, watch game tape. That’s all I like to do.”

With teammate, Matthew Lyons, also committed to the Dawgs, Sarkisian may not be done adding players from Dorsey, “He offered one of our receivers, Marvin Hall. He is pretty interested. I don’t think he will make a decision too quick.” But with a relationship that Joseph Gray describes as close, it may only be a matter of time before the speedy wide receiver, who runs a blazing 10.6 100, joins his fellow teammates.

While many fans may be concerned about this unheralded recruit joining the class of 2011, Joseph has a message for them, “You know, I saw some articles about losing Brett Hundley, don’t worry about any of that. Come and watch, follow my high school, follow me now.”

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