And I’m giving you a longing look
Everyday (everyday), everyday (everyday), everyday
Everyday I write the Dots
The regular season is over, so we’re on a new Dots schedule. That means you get to guess at my free association music lyrics over your Monday coffee for the next several months.
- UW’s Sugar Bowl opponent Texas is in a funny position of having arguably its three best known players at the QB position. Quinn Ewers, the starter, was a high-profile recruit who has delivered after transferring to Austin. Maalik Murphy, his backup, has seen limited action this year after being one of the top HS QBs in the country, and Arch Manning is one of the most famous players in the country despite his extremely limited playing time to date. Christian Caple helps fill out the rest of the roster with a profile of ten key Longhorns players. DT T’Vondre Sweat is a Coach K special- a three-star defensive lineman who became the Big-12 DPOY. UW’s chances in the game will hinge on whether they can keep Sweat from disrupting the passing game from the inside.
- Michael Penix came up short in his Heisman bid, finishing just behind LSU QB Jayden Daniels. As usual, there was a strong regional tilt in the voting, with Penix winning the western vote and Daniels dominating in the South. While Daniels is a great QB with sterling stats and a strong case for the award, Jon Wilner voted for Penix. He published his rationale over the weekend.
- Penix did not go empty-handed in national awards. The QB won the Maxwell Award for most outstanding player. I always thought of the Maxwell as the award that tilted toward players with more individual success than team success, which would make Daniels a better candidate, while Penix’s role in his team success could elevate him in the Heisman voting, but... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . Meanwhile, Kalen Deboer continues his ascension in the national coaching discourse with the national Coach of the Year Award.
- UW basketball had a big weekend, as well. Men’s basketball got its biggest win in about five years by knocking off #7 Gonzaga at Alaska Airlines Arena. Despite some ugly offense at times, Frank Kepnang dominated on defense with five blocks and complete ownership of the lane. The Dawgs can still get to 8-3 in non-conference play with a couple more wins heading into the Pac-12 schedule.
- Husky women’s basketball maintained its excellent start, as well. The Dawgs beat #21 Washington State in Pullman 60-55 with stifling defense- the Cougs scored all of two (2) points in the first quarter. The Dawgs were without leading scorer Elle Ladine, but got a season-high 21 from Hannah Stines.
- The transfer portal continued its rapid churn over the weekend. 247 updates its ranking of the top 20 available players after some early commitments. The Dawgs are mentioned as a potential destination for a couple of the top pass catchers, both coming out of Notre Dame.
After @UW_MBB's win over Gonzaga, the Huskies now rank 51st in the nation in the @kenpom ratings.— Tony Castricone (@Castricone) December 11, 2023
For context, UW's Pac-12 championship team in 2019, which made the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, finished 48th.#GoHuskies x #TougherTogether
.@jake_browning's 79.3 completion percentage is the highest completion percentage by a QB in his first 3 career starts since 1950.— NFL345 (@NFL345) December 10, 2023
He joins Chad Pennington as the only QBs since 1950 with a 70+ completion percentage and 95+ passer rating in each of his first 3 career starts. pic.twitter.com/wlMqf5t3Tx
Updating the UW record book, during which this interesting but obscure stat of the day came up.— Husky Football News (@HuskyFBNews) December 10, 2023
UW defenders have 321 yds in INT returns this year, 4th/most in history.
Opponents have 0 yds in INT returns. Previous low was 25, in 1988.