This is your Captain speaking, and if you can't tell, you'll be able to tell shortly, it's been a slow day at work. So, what better thing to do than write about Husky football (don't worry, I'll stick to my day job, there's a reason I fly planes and am not a writer). Here's a quick look at what I see as strengths and weaknesses, and how I think the season will turn out (not that my opinion matters).
The Good: Jake Locker, Chris Polk, Jermaine Kearse, Devin Aguilar, James Johnson, and D'Andre Goodwin (the healthy version), not a bad cast at all. If you don't like points, you better become a Cougar fan before the season starts!
The Bad: We're pretty thin at TE, not a huge concern, but here's to Chris Izbicki's health.
The Good: I think we have a pretty good set of starters at all positions. I expect Ta'amu, Elisara, Foster, Dennison, Williams and Trufant to have very good seasons.
The Bad: Depth - I expect our defense to be above average this season, just as long as we don't lose any of the players listed above.
The Ugly: Vanilla play calling. I’m not sold on Nick Holt's play calling, yet. I'm not saying he won't be a great coach, but his play calling last year left a lot to be desired. Here's hoping he's confident enough in his "bullets" to actually FIRE (Blitz) a few of them this time around.
I think Sark is off to a great start and our future looks awfully "Rosy". I, of all people, was not pleased when they hired a coordinator with no head coaching experience. I'm glad to say, it sure looks like I was wrong!
I expect us to go 8-4 this season, that being said, I'll be happy with 7-5, but not with 6-6. If the defense steps up and plays well, I wouldn't even rule out a trip to Pasadena.
Other random predictions:
Player of the Year: Jake Locker (big surprise, I know)
Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Polk (other than Jake)
Defensive Player of the Year: Mason Foster (yep, I'm being original, I know)
Offensive Surprise of the Year: D'Andre Goodwin - Jake likes him, just needs to stay healthy.
Defensive Surprise of the Year: Everette Thompson - Very talented, overlooked due to his past injury.
Freshmen of the Year: Will Shamburger (RS) - Can't wait to see this kid in a live game.
Inspirational Player of the Year: Greg Christine - Gotta love a hard working walk on who earned a scholarship. He'll see plenty of playing time.
The very last Pac-10 Coach of the Year: Steve Sarkisian (yes, a homer pick).