Ryan Clark runs through some of the major storylines that he observed at Saturday’s Washington Huskies Fan Fest and Spring Preview, as well as throughout the entirety of Washington’s spring camp. Among them are Keith Taylor’s emergence in the defensive backfield, Jake Haener’s ascendance as the clear-cut favorite to win the backup quarterback job, and the versatility Henry Roberts has shown in playing four different offensive line positions.
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Adam Jude turns his attention to Washington’s Sept. 1 season opener against the Auburn Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which will arguably emerge as the most compelling week one game in the nation. Jude reports that it will be just the second time in program history that the Dawgs have opened the season in a top-10 contest, assuming that both teams are ranked as such in the AP’s preseason poll.
UW defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake said he’s expected a bowl-game atmosphere at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sept. 1. (Kickoff time and broadcast details have yet to be announced.)
“Every game we want to win,” Lake said, “but this for sure is going to (attract) a lot more eyeballs. It’s going to be on a national scene against probably a top-five opponent, a team that beat both of the teams that were in the national championship last year. It’s definitely going to be a challenge for us, and I know the guys are excited.
“This is why you come to Washington — to play big games like this.”
Larry Stone spoke with Washington’s star running back about his decision to forgo this year’s NFL Draft and return for his senior season. In particular, Gaskin mentions a desire to accomplish something special in his final year as a Husky, as well as improving on the fourth-round grade he received from evaluators.
After starting the season with a 28-game winning streak, Washington’s softball team has come back down to earth in the last month, culminating in a three-game sweep at the hands of the Bruins in Los Angeles. The Dawgs were shut out in two of the games, and now sit in third place in the conference standings. Up next is a pivotal three-game home series starting Friday against the Oregon Ducks, who currently own second-place in the Pac-12 standings.