Five Questions For The Huskies: The Back Stretch

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Here are five questions facing the Huskies as they head into the tail end of their season.

1. Can they put a run together? Steve Sarkisian's teams have had a tendency to not just drop a few games in a row in the middle of the season, but also to follow that by ripping off a string of victories. They've got the first leg in the bag, but can they add more W's? It'll be a tough stretch, but the teams ahead of the Huskies all look beatable.

2. What UCLA team will the Huskies get? A big part (maybe the biggest) of putting a streak together will be trying to beat UCLA in Pasadena for the first time since 1995. Right now, the Bruins are beat up, and look pretty bad on the offensive side of the ball. If they don't get healthier between now and that game (or suffer a few more injuries) you have to like the Huskies to end that streak. If they get some guys back and start playing like they did earlier in the year, you can probably look for the streak to continue through at least 2016.

3. Who replaces Kasen Williams? Marvin Hall got some looks when Williams went down against Cal, but is he the guy? DiAndre Campbell was lauded in the preseason for his development, but we haven't seen much of him at all this year. He's known as an excellent blocker, which would be huge if he could replace that productivity. Demore'ea Stringfellow hasn't yet seen enough time to justify not being redshirted, though Sark mentioned him specifically when talking about who can fill Kasen's void.

4. Where does Bishop Sankey put his name on the list of best seasons by a UW running back? It sure looks like he's going to set a new single season yardage record, and is going to score a bunch more touchdowns to add to his total. Are we seeing the best performance of all-time by a Husky RB?

5. Does Austin Seferian-Jenkins kick it into high gear? We've seen the Huskies go his way early in the past couple of games, and then stop making a concerted effort to get him the ball. They need to continue those early efforts throughout games, and with Williams out there are now more balls to go around. The season is far enough along now that there's no excuse for him not knowing the playbook, or not being in shape, or not being comfortable.

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