The Washington Husky Football must build upon the success of the 2016 season. What awaits the team in 2017?
"“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” -Joshua J. Marine"
The Washington Husky football program had a great season. Unfortunately, the Huskies met defeat at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff Semifinals 24-7. Afterwards, it was a time for pride at how far the program has come. It was a moment to take measure of what worked, and what didn’t. Finally, the coaching staff and the team contemplated what they needed to do in order to get to the next step.
Head coach Chris Petersen recognized that moment. And in doing so, he conducted a very lucid and reflective interview with Adam Jude of the Seattle Times. During that interview, he placed his reflection into the tomes to be used as both a rallying cry and encouragement for the 2017 season:
"“I think when you step back and look at the big picture, the bar’s been moved up, been moved forward. Kids know it. Hopefully,” he added, “they’ve gained good confidence from this season, but I think there’s also some lessons to be learned in this game, you know, what we have to do to truly compete on this elite level. … It’s a balance between knowing that they can do special things if we kind of go back to our humble roots of starting over.”"
Back To The Drawing Board
And so, it is back to the drawing board, a matter of tweaking rather than complete overhaul, at the team which finished with twelve wins, 12-2, for only the second time in team history. And so, this season will not be the benefit of surprising, nor of facing a season as an underdog. Going out near the top will place the Washington Huskies near the top of the nation in 2017.