Washington Dots From The 2014 Pac-12 Prospectus

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The Pac-12 released its annual media prospectus, full of stats and data about its member universities' football teams.

As you'd expect the prospectus has a ton of UW related information. Away we go:

  • For starters, the notebook lists returning starters, and UW's 14 puts them in a three way tie for 9th. The only team with fewer is Arizona State. However, that includes kickers, so if you rank it by position players returning, UW still has 14, which bumps them up into a tie for 5th trailing USC, Colorado, UCLA, and WSU. Washington and Washington State are the only two teams that do not return at least one specialist.
  • A whopping ten Pac-12 teams return their staring quarterbacks. As we know, UW is not one of them, and the other is Arizona, who might've had the Pac-12's worst starting QB a year ago anyway. 2014 should be a special year for west coast quarterbacking.
  • Washington and UCLA were the only two Pac-12 schools to have more than one player drafted within the first two rounds of the NFL draft.
  • Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, and Washington State are the Pac-12 teams to have never won a National Championship. Cal and Stanford haven't won one since WWII, and UCLA hasn't won one since the Eisenhower administration. The Pac-12 lists UW as having 4 (1960, 1984, 1990, and 1991), though UW claims just 2 (1960 and 1991).
  • UW's offense is listed as "Pro-Style" and its defense "Multiple."
  • Chris Petersen's career record is a stellar 92-12 (.885), but his career conference record is even a bit better at 57-6 (.905).
  • UW's returning defensive front of Danny Shelton, Evan Hudson, Hau'oli Kikaha and Cory Littleton combined for 221 tackes, 33.5 tackles for loss, and 24 sacks in 2013. Kikaha led the team in tackles for loss (15.5) and sacks (13), while Shaq Thompson and John Timu are the team's returning tackles leaders with 78 and 77 a year ago, respectively.
  • Marcus Peters had 14 passes defensed a year ago -- 9 breakups and 5 interceptions -- which tied him for the most in the conference. He was 3rd in breakups and 5th in interceptions. Counting only conference games, Peters had two more passes defensed than any other Pac-12 player.
  • The Pac-12 lists "Six To Watch" for every team (what exactly the Pac-12 thinks these players are is unclear. Under the radar? Best players? Breakout seasons?) and for UW they name Jaydon Mickens, Ben Riva, Mike Criste, Kikaha, Timu, and Thompson.
  • UW holds series leads against 10 of its 13 2014 opponents. The ones UW does not lead are Georgia State (whom they have never played), Arizona State (UW trails the series 15-16-0), and UCLA (UW trails 30-39-2).

If you'd like to peruse the prospectus, it can be found here (warning, huge PDF file):

http://static.pac-12.com/sports/football/pdf/14-prospectus.pdf

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