Well, well, well … a lot of “lofty” projections coming out for the Huskies as the preseason buzz picks up.
And why not?
Stanford and Oregon both figure to be preseason top-10 teams and again contend for the Pac-12 crown. You know that. But, as many of you have noted in comments here, the Huskies have a lot going for them entering 2013 — notably, a veteran quarterback, a new up-tempo offense and a vastly improved defense.
Everyone is optimistic this time of year, and that’s the way it should be.
UW fans aren’t the only ones high on the Huskies. ESPN.com’s KC Joyner (insider access) believes UW has a “solid shot at winning the Pac-12 North Division crown.”
Elsewhere, Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins was one of 37 players named today to the John Mackey Award, presented annually to college football’s top tight end.
Seferian-Jenkins’ status for the start of the 2013 season is in question after he was arrested in March and charged with drunken driving. He was suspended from team activities in the spring, but has since resumed offseason workouts with teammates. He has a pretrial hearing scheduled for Monday.
A preseason All-American, Seferian-Jenkins had 69 catches for 852 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012.
Here’s a nice story from a longtime Husky fan who talks about his experiences in picking his new seat at the new stadium.
And here’s an update on the Pac-12 Networks and its negotiations with DirecTV. In short, it doesn’t sound like any progress has been made.