Washington football looks like they’re in for a very exciting season, but first, they have to get past Cal, and these three players hold the key to doing that
Washington football has very high hopes for this season, and Cal was a major speed bump in some of those hopes last season, but this year, a new and improved Washington team is looking for some revenge. All-American linebacker and notable Gonzaga Prep alum Evan Weaver is doing a lot of talking on the Cal side, saying they’re going to come up and win, and claiming that Cal has a better culture than Washington. With that being said, these three guys can show Weaver and Cal who truly has the better culture this weekend.
If Hunter Bryant ends up matched up with Weaver, Cade Otton is going to see some very soft coverage, as the 6’5, 245 pound tight end is a matchup nightmare for that defense who might have a bit of an advantage over the Huskies on the outside. But getting Otton out in space will open the offense. He’s a great athlete who can make guys miss in the open field and is strong enough to run someone over to pick up a first down.
Will Richard Newton continue his climb up the Husky depth chart after his strong performance against Eastern Washington? Newton showed an exceptional ability to run between the tackles, and he looks like he’ll be a great guy to have on the goal line and in short yardage situations. If the passing game starts to slow, expect to see a lot of Newton on the field.
A very highly rated prospect coming out of high school after the Huskies flipped him from USC, Tuli Letuligasenoa has a chance to turn into the next in an increasingly long line of NFL defensive tackles from Washington’s Death Row defense.
He has power, speed, athleticism, and time to put it all together. His first real opportunity against a Pac-12 opponent will be a big test for him, but if he can show that he’s up to the challenge, he’ll prove that he’s an impact player along the Husky defensive front against both the pass and the run.