Adam Jude, who’ll cover the Washington football beat for the Seattle Times, went on the air Thursday afternoon with Dave Mahler at KJR radio.
Here’s a link to the interview.
Jude talked about making the switch from covering the Oregon football team at the Oregonian to covering the Huskies. He described the UW football team as a sleeping giant and said the the 2013 season is an important year for coach Steve Sarkisian.
“You got a veteran quarterback, a guy to build around, you got a stud at running back, you got a lot of great offensive weapons and an improving defense too,” Jude said. “It’s an important year and he’d probably be the first to admit it that they do need to take a step forward, maybe two steps forward going into this next season.”
Jude also touched on a few other topics.
On renovated Husky Stadium: “It can have a huge advantage. Oregon likes to boast about having some of the best facilities if not the best facility in the Pac-12. Just like the Huskies, they’re building this $70M football facility in Eugene – and it stands out like an albatross in small-town Eugene – but it’s all about luring those recruits and the Huskies know that as well as anyone. I’ve heard great things about the stadium.”
On Keith Price: “A veteran guy, obviously the expectations are going to be high for him and they should be high. He’s pretty much seen and done it all in his career already. He is a guy that you feel like needs to take that step forward. With the talent that he has around him and it looks like it will be an improved offensive line – a healthy offensive line which I know was an issue for them last year year – I think all the tools are there for him to do that.”
On the post-Chip Kelly era at Oregon: “There’s just some coaches like a Chip Kelly, as much as UW fans I know disliked him, they just have that certain “it” factor. He had that I don’t know what it was where if it was a fourth-and-five, he wasn’t afraid to go for it in his own territory. Sometimes it backfired, but sometimes it paid off huge. Obviously it worked for Oregon here the last four seasons. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Ducks take a small step backwards. That said, they have a ton of talent.”
On the NCAA possibly levying penalties on Oregon: “My feeling all along is it’s not going to be necessarily in the postseason bowl ban territory, but that wouldn’t shock me either.”