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College Football – Washington Huskies Led Nation in One Critical Category – Strength of Schedule

If you ask a Husky fan or rabid booster to explain Washington’s these days completed soccer season in 3 words the answer might be “every other dropping season.” In 2 words it might be “lousy training” or “horrible defense” or “stupid mistakes.” My description in 2 phrases could be “Locker” and “schedule.” Schedule could be energy of schedule. The Huskies ended their season as the No. 1-rated crew in strength of schedule (difficulty of opponent) a number of the NCAA’s 242 Division 1A and 1AA teams.

With a four-9 season record, a few fans would possibly say, “So what?” While it is proper that playing the toughest schedule within the usa did now not win Washington any extra video games, it did offer the one aspect the Huskies want maximum to improve extra subsequent yr: experience against pleasant combatants.

In impact, plenty of green Huskies were given up-close, private lessons in what it takes to win at the best level. They, in line with the maximum current BCS Standings:

1) Upset No. 24-ranked Boise State 24-10 at home.

2) Led No. 1-ranked Ohio State 7-3 at the half earlier than losing 33-14 at home.

Three) Led No. 7-ranked Southern Cal 17-14 on the half earlier than dropping 27-24 at home.

Four) Led No. Eleven-ranked Arizona State 17-13 on the half of before dropping forty four-20 on the street.

5) Led No. 10-ranked Hawaii 21-zero after 10 mins and 28-21 at the 1/2 before losing 35-28 on the street.

The inexperienced, expertise-challenged Huskies in no way did really learn how to lock down and finish off an opponent. It became not the offense that allow them down, they averaged extra than four touchdowns a game; it became the defense that most usually collapsed in the second half.

Among 119 Division 1A schools, the Washington protection turned into ranked 94th in Scoring Defense (Poor), 102nd in Total Defense (Poor), 89th in Rushing Defense (Poor), 99th in Pass Defense (Poor) and 99th in Pass Efficiency Defense (Poor).

Name calling is never high-quality, however, the Husky protecting secondary couldn’t cover their grandmother on their exceptional day. Note to Coach Ty Willingham: Recruit and provide scholarships to gamers with speed. You cannot coach slow.

If God did now not provide you with pace, you can’t make UFA gamers faster by using education them to death. They are already lifeless, useless slow in a quick player’s sport. If the whole Husky defensive secondary were all seniors and long gone next 12 months, Washington might do no worse. Speed kills in soccer. If the protecting group of workers cannot apprehend velocity, have them watch NFL films of Randy Moss separating from defenders.

Which brings me to Locker, Jake Locker, as in Washington’s redshirt freshman quarterback. Locker is a NFL first-rate jogging lower back with length, power and speed proper now. He simply takes place to play quarterback. Running is all about instinct and pace. Passing is set arm energy, short launch, staying power, presence and proper technique. Passing is so much more complicated than walking; no surprise Locker is so awesome jogging in preference to passing. I accept as true with Locker will enhance his accuracy and touch in passing, Lord knows he has the arm power.

How appropriate is Locker? He changed into simply named the Pac 10 Conference Freshman of the Year. Locker broke the Husky and Pac 10 document for speeding yards by way of a quarterback, completing the 12 months with 986 yards and 13 touchdowns (also a Husky QB report). He also set a brand new Husky freshman report for most yards passing with 2,062. Unless injured, he can be playing on Sundays in the NFL.

Ty Willingham’s Washington Husky recruits for subsequent 12 months encompass 5-celebrity Kavario Middleton (rated No. 2 nationally as a good end), and 4-famous person recruits Craig Noble (DT), Senio Kelemete (OT), Drew Schaefer (OT), Jermaine Kearse (WR) and Cody Burns (WR). Washington has the 18th nice recruiting class in the us of a, in step with Scout.Com and Dawgman.Com.

Despite a three-12 months record of 11-25, it was introduced these days that Ty Willingham will go back because the Husky head teach next year. Some enthusiasts and boosters wanted Willingham gone, others loved that he’s staying on to finish what he commenced while he signed a 5-year agreement. Can Washington cross from a 4-9 record this year to a nine-four document next year? Only time will tell.

One thing is for positive: Eight of the Huskies’ 12 combatants next season are playing bowl games this 12 months-Brigham Young, Oregon, Oklahoma, California, Oregon State, Southern Cal, Arizona State and UCLA. Their other 4 fighters consist of Stanford, Arizona, Notre Dame and Washington State. They better be better or the percentages say Ty Willingham and his assistant coaches can be job hunting.

Copyright © 2008 Ed Bagley

Ed Bagley’s Blog Publishes Original Articles with Analysis and Commentary on 5 Subjects: Sports, Movie Reviews, Lessons in Life, Jobs and Careers, and Internet Marketing. My purpose is to tell, teach, pride and inspire you the reader.

Read my 11 Washington Husky articles including “Meet the Nation’s Most Statistically Incredible Team – The University of Washington Huskies”, “Anatomy of a Team on the Rise: Washington Will Get Over Freshmanitis and Really Thrive” and “College Football Mayhem: Flagrant Helmet-to-Helmet Shots Need to Stop Before Someone Gets Killed”.

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