Washington Game Week: UWDawgPound Previews BYU

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Washington Game Week: UWDawgPound Previews BYU

With the Huskies taking the field tomorrow, UWDawgPound’s John Berkowitz previews the BYU Cougars and breaks down the match-ups, position by position.

Quarterback: Washington
Running Backs: Washington
Receivers: Washington
Offensive Line: BYU
Defensive Line: Even
Linebackers: Washington
Defensive Backs: Washington
Special Teams : Even

Washington fans are feeling confident about the Huskies chances against the Cougars in Provo tomorrow. A convincing win over BYU would help jump-start quarterback Jake Locker’s Heisman campaign and give the Huskies much-needed momentum to start the season.

The Huskies tee-it-up against BYU tomorrow at 4 p.m.

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Washington Football Notes: Comcast Clarifies How To View Season Opener

The Huskies kick the season off Saturday at 4 p.m., but to find the game on TV, viewers may have to jump through some hoops. Bob Condotta, of the Seattle Times, passes along these tips from Comcast.

“So to recap, the game will air only on CBS College Sports (channel 412 in standard definition or channel 633 in high definition). The channel is only available to Comcast customers as part of the Sports and Entertainment tier of channels which cost $7.95 a month extra. (It also is included as part of the Digital Premier package.)

“Customers also will need an advanced set top box. Any customer who subscribes to Digital Starter or above should have at least one of these boxes in their home, but if they don’t, they will need to get one before game day. If they have any questions, they can call us at 1-800-COMCAST.’’

If you want to be able to watch the game at home, act fast. Whether Comcast or another provider services your home, make sure you have CBS College Sports.

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Washington Game Week: Husky Defensive Line Needs to Step-Up

We all know the Washington offense is high-powered this year. Behind Jake Locker, the Huskies should have no problem moving the ball down the field. But can the Husky defense stop anyone?

John Berkowitz at UWDawgPound thinks the Husky defensive line could be a strong-point for Washington this year and is something to keep an eye on against BYU.

In the article above it bluntly states that “BYU will surely be able to move the ball on ground against Washington.” I am not buying into that. I don’t think any of the prognosticators are familiar with a guy named Alameda Ta’amu. My guess is they will after this Saturday.

Washington is strong up the middle starting with DT Alameda Ta’amu who has transformed his body in the off season. We saw glimpses of what Ta’amu could do last season but a lack of conditioning limited his effectiveness to maybe three solid plays in a row at best last season. He is faster, lighter, stronger,and most importantly is capable of staying in the game longer this season before requiring a breather.

There Huskies do have question marks about their front four, but Berkowitz is confident they’ll be able to step-up to the plate, stop the run and create pressure in passing situations. The play of the Washington defensive line is an often-overlooked key in the Huskies’ success on the field this year. How they play could be the difference between making a bowl game or staying home during the post-season.

The Huskies hit the road to take on BYU Saturday at 4 p.m.

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Washington Game Week Notes: Huskies Simulate Road Game

The Washington Husky road woes over the past few years are no secret. The Huskies haven’t won a game on the road since 2007, when they beat the Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto.

In an effort to prepare his young team for the season opener against BYU in Provo, head coach Steve Sarkisian decided to simulate a game this week, going so far as to travel to Seahawks headquarters and following the normal pregame routine. On his radio show, Sarkisian explained his motives (via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times).

Obviously last year, we didn’t perform as well as we would’ve liked on the road. So we tried to mock a road game. We went and stayed at another hotel here in town that was not our traditional home hotel. We went through our Friday walk-through as if we were going on the road, we went to the hotel, we had our meetings, we woke up there and had our meetings again, we got on the bus, we went down to VMAC, we put on our road uniforms and simulated a game on the road, with substitutions and everything it entailed: in and out of the locker room, how we warmed up. I think we’re just trying to expand our comfort zone and get guys comfortable with being on the road so that we can play to the best of our abilities."

If the Huskies are going to break through this year, they need to figure out how to win on the road. With a senior leader in Jake Locker, the offense should be poised, but the young players on both sides of the ball need to get acclimated to the routine that comes with playing on the road.

The Huskies head down to Provo to take on the BYU Cougars on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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Washington Huskies Release First Depth Chart

It’s game week for the Washington Huskies and head coach Steve Sarkisian has released the first depth chart for the Dawgs.

Seattle Times reporter Bob Condotta has the official release.

You’ll note the backup QB spot is listed as either/or between Keith Price and Nick Montana.

Otherwise, no real surprises among the starters. And at many spots, multiple backups are named. I count 12 true freshmen, though I’m not sure this is a guarantee that all play immediately.

With fall camp over, the Huskies begin their game preparations for Saturday’s opener at BYU. Washington takes the field at 4 PM to kick-off a season of high expectations.

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Washington Husky Football Notes: Jake Heaps, Riley Nelson To Split QB Job Against Dawgs

Skyline High School graduate Jake Heaps will see plenty of action for BYU as they kick off the season against the Washington Huskies on September 4th in Provo. The Cougar freshman, who chose between BYU and UW last year, has been in the running for the starting job since enrolling early to participate in spring drills.

As the Huskies begin preparations for BYU, they'll need to be ready to face different looks at quarterback, though Steve Sarkisian likely isn't worried. Bob Condotta has the notes.

Without even asking, I know what the reaction of UW coach Steve Sarkisian is likely to be to this news --- that it's the system and not the QBs themselves that the Huskies are preparing for in practice. So I don't think this changes anything in terms of UW's approach, especially since this was pretty much what everyone thought would happen, anyway.

For Washington fans, Heaps adds an extra angle of intrigue to open the season. While the Huskies did end up with Nick Montana, Heaps was always the big target in last years' class. Sticking it to him and beating BYU on the road would go a long way towards jumpstarting a season full of promise.

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