Fox Sports put together a list of "20 star playmakers who could own the Pac-12 this season," and followed Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell's patented Who Needs Huskies Anyway?® method of neglecting to include a single Washington player. I'm sure all of our readers will take that well.
Panelist Brock Huard played QB at U-Dub and lives in Seattle. He told me has heard extremely positive things about Chris Petersen's first few months on the job.
As I wrote at the time Petersen was hired, it's distinctly possible that Lane Kiffin's departure from the USC Trojans allowed Washington to upgrade its head coach. No offense to Steve Sarkisian, but we had all wondered for years if, when and where Petersen would go to take his first power conference gig.
At Washington, Petersen inherits decent talent -- we gave the Huskies a 6.4 in the category. But what would we have given Boise State a year ago? It's going to feel like a step up in talent for Petersen, who is as good as any coach in the country at finding best fits for his program and system.
Petersen, by the way, got an 8 in coaching from our panel. That was the same score for FSU's Jimbo Fisher, who just won a title, and Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, who played for one the previous season. Their programs were both in the top 10.
The Pac-12 Blog says that Washington is in good shape at cornerback heading into the 2014 season. If Jermaine Kelly plays to his potential, there's no reason why UW shouldn't be in great shape by the end of the year.
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