2007 Washington Huskies Football Preview
2007 Washington Huskies season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Washington Huskies football preview as well as the 2007 Washington Huskies Football Schedule. Dont miss Maddux's free college football picks taken from the weekly college football odds from the #1 sports handicapping team.
Coach: Tyrone Willingham (3rd year at Washington)
Team Name: Huskies
2006 Overall Record: 5-7
Returning Starters: 12
The Washington Huskies (5- 7 overall, 3- 6 PAC-10), which finished 9th in their conference, went to a string of five straight bowl games from 1998 to 2002. Since 2002, their best record has been 6- 6. But 2006 saw the program start to rebound. Coach Tyrone Willingham begins his third year at Washington. One major problem for Willingham and the Huskies is that they face the toughest schedule of any team in the conference.
QB Jake Locker, a redshirted freshman, gets his chance to start. He'll have some good senior WRs to throw to, including Anthony Russo (32 REC, 552 YDs, 2 TDs), Marcel Reece and Corey Williams. J.R. Hasty who was a record-setting player in high school, looks to play at TB, while senior TB Louis Rankin (142 CAR, 666 YDs, 4 TDs) returns as the team's leading rusher. The offensive line features especially big guys, all over 300-pounds and each over 6' 2". Senior center Juan Garcia anchors the squad. Locker should have plenty of protection from them.
While the Washington offense was averaging 21.8 PPG, the defense was giving up 25.9 PPG. The team has been especially vulnerable to the pass over the past four years, giving up 240.2 YPG in 2006, which ranked them 102nd nationally. The frontline returns three starters and a senior who will start for the first time. Although the LB unit has only one starter coming back, senior Dan Howell at OLB, there's talent, speed and depth on that squad. The secondary has been this team's downfall and not much has improved there.
With a more benign schedule, the Huskies could easily get seven wins. But the team must face Ohio State, Boise State and Hawaii, along with top teams from their very tough conference. They'll try to upset Oregon and win swing games versus Syracuse, Stanford and Washington State. Anything more will simply be amazing.
Washington Huskies Football Schedule
|Sep 8||Boise St||Home|
|Sep 15||Ohio St||Home|
|Oct 13||Arizona St||Away|
|Nov 10||Oregon St||Away|
|Nov 24||Washington St||Home|
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