The Washington Huskies offense while it does have some multiple questions to answer does have some intriguing potential for the upcoming 2014 season especially if Cyler Miles can take control of the quarterback position. The talent is abundant even with the loss of Bishop Sankey and Austin Seferian-Jenkins that points and yards will not be hard to come by this fall.
With that being said here are three bold predictions for the Washington offense this fall.
Bold Prediction #1 Kasen Williams is finally going to have a 1,000 yard season receiving and catch ten touchdown passes
Williams, came into the University of Washington with a ton of hype and was arguably hailed as a savior of Husky football when he arrived in 2011 as a freshman. While his career has not been a bust by any means it has not been what fans and Williams himself expected. The sophomore season showed a glimpse of what Williams is capable of when he caught 77 passes. Look for a healthy and highly motivated Williams to rise up and have a tremendous season.
Bold Prediction # 2 The offensive line is going to do a much better job of protecting the Quarterback
The hiring of Chris Strausser at offensive line coach is going to make a significant difference in the offensive line. Former offensive line coach Dan Cozetto did not get the most out of the offensive line during the Steve Sarkisian era. For instance, the Huskies allowed 41 sacks in 2013. While defensively the Huskies sacked the quarterback just 30 times. There is plenty of returning experience on the offensive line with all five starters returning including four seniors. Thus, there will not be any excuses for Washington to not be able to protect the quarterback.
Bold Prediction #3 Shaq Thompson and Budda Baker will make an impact offensively this season.
With the questions at running back and need for more depth at wide receiver the opportunities will be there for both Thompson and Baker offensively. These two players are two of the overall best athletes in the program and also seem like the ultimate team players that want to win. So even if its just in a limited amount of opportunities both Thompson, and Baker will score multiple touchdowns this fall on the offensive side of the ball.
Overall, look for a Husky offense that will be more diverse under new offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith. Also, look for an offensive mindset that will maximize the skills of every player and still light up the scoreboard. Finally, you won’t see an offense that leaves the defense on the field for a quarter straight like the Arizona State game last season.