After a polarizing hire in former Penn State and Vanderbilt offensive coordinator John Donovan, Jimmy Lake went in-depth on their offensive plans in an interview with Andy Staples
Washington football Twitter was, at best, divided over Donvan’s hire, and after appearing on Andy Staples’ podcast, it looks like Lake will have a say in what the Huskies are doing scheme-wise, and (rather unsurprisingly in my opinion) Lake wants to model Washington’s new offensive scheme after Joe Brady did with the LSU Tigers in 2019.
Below is Lake’s quote from the Andy Staples Show after Staples mentioned Joe Brady and the LSU offense.
“… I think the game is always evolving, in the years past you had strictly pro style, then in the Chip Kelly Oregon years everyone started doing the spread, the shotgun and all those things, and now it feels like it’s moving back towards the pro style with some spread elements mixed in… we’re going to put our spin on it. I know this, we’re going to run the football. I think great offenses know how to run the football, and we will be hard to deal with if we can run the football when the defense knows we’re running the football. After that, when we sprinkle in some pro-style elements into the passing game, but also sprinkle in some spread concepts, I think it’s going to be a similar model to what LSU did.”
That quote should get Husky fans very excited, but have the players even more excited. One thing that you can see in the LSU offense, especially from the wide receiver position, is that they love getting their guys isolated in one on one matchups and just let their talent go to work. We’ve seen flashes of what talent plus well-thrown balls can be with the Huskies already, with guys like Puka Nacua, Terrell Bynum, and Marquis Spiker making plays when given opportunities.
The only question is, who will play quarterback? Jacob Sirmon should be considered the favorite, as his arm-talent, athleticism, and ability to make plays outside the pocket will unlock the Washington offense in an exciting way.
Lake has done an incredible job marketing the program on social media so far, trying his best to appeal to the ultra-important class of 2021. Things are looking up for Husky football, next up is packing Husky Stadium for the spring game to see the new offense at work!