They’re calling it The Off-Leash Deck, and it sounds like it could be fun (cheap tickets, beer and wine — what could be better!?). One request: Even while your off-leash, please clean up after yourselves.
Indeed, for $25 fans can attend a game at Husky Stadium and stand on the northwest deck between the Don James Center and the coaches’ offices. It’s a new ticket option announced Wednesday that also includes beer, wine and snacks for purchase for fans on that deck. Tickets can be used for admission to the game or in addition to an existing ticket. For details, call 206-543-2200.
- We’ve started to roll out a few stories that will run in our annual college football preview special section (in Sunday’s print edition). It’s always a fun project, and from what I’ve seen, it’s turned out great again this year:
- Here’s Bud Withers‘ primer on the new College Football Playoff (lots of red there, eh?)
- Here’s a column from Jerry Brewer, who sets the bar high for the Huskies’ new coach: “(Chris) Petersen must return the Huskies to the status of perennial national power.”
- And here’s Larry Stone on Petersen’s biggest challenge in Year 1 at UW: Finding a quarterback. Stone writes:
The good news is that all three candidates have definite strengths that the Huskies hope will make the choice come down to eliminating worthy players, rather than choosing the lesser of three evils.
The better news is that Petersen has shown throughout his career a deft touch in identifying and developing young quarterback talent. His prize pupils at Boise State included Kellen Moore, who twice led the nation in passing efficiency; Ryan Dinwiddie, who finished as the NCAA’s career passing efficiency leader with a rating of 168.19; and Jared Zabransky, who had a 32-5 record as the Broncos’ starter.
To be sure, Petersen has other challenges to deal with, like molding a secondary around Marcus Peters, and finding a running back (or a committee of them) to replace All-American Bishop Sankey. But getting the quarterback decision right, and developing the winner into a poised and dynamic leader, is paramount.
“It is exciting, because it’s a new steppingstone for the University of Washington football program, and a new face for this program,’’ said junior wide receiver Jaydon Mickens. “Because the quarterback is the team; he drives the team.”
Mickens added, “Whoever steps in, we’re going to be in good hands, just like Allstate.”
- Our notebook from today’s paper includes an overview of the Huskies’ offensive line shuffles and the scheduling of Michigan and BYU.
- The usual suspects from UW’s defense — Hau’oli Kikaha, Danny Shelton, Shaq Thompson and Marcus Peters — are on ESPN’s preseason all-Pac-12 team. No one from the UW offense made it.
- Kikaha, Shelton and Kasen Williams are on the Senior Bowl’s radar.
- Petersen’s Cinderella days are over.
- Why the Pac-12 will be the best conference in the country this season.
Freshman cornerback Sidney Jones:
Had to do a switch up. My new number #26 pic.twitter.com/1Hqsy6RNv7
— S J 4 (@Sj4_26) August 21, 2014
— WSJ Sports (@WSJSports) August 20, 2014