Dion: Huskies Can Achieve Best Season Since ’01
(1090 The Fan) — It’s all there on the table for the Washington Huskies.
Despite losing three straight games in October to drop their record to 5-3 and perhaps diminish the expectations the team had built after a 4-0 start, the Huskies still can achieve their best season since 2001 when the team finished 8-4.
Asked what the team is focused on with four games remaining to close out its regular season, senior safety Sean Parker didn’t hesitate with his answer.
“Just finishing, man,” Parker said. “Finishing the second half.”
“To show everybody we are the team that they saw the first four games,” added junior center Mike Criste.
It starts with Colorado (3-5, 0-5) on Saturday. The Buffaloes are a much improved squad over the 1-11 campaign from a year ago. They have gotten excellent play from junior wide receiver Paul Richardson who comes into Saturday’s game with 57 receptions, 984 yards and eight touchdowns, as well as stout play from the defensive line, but still are searching for their first conference win.
“We need to go out and play a really good football game because they are going to give us all we want,” UW head coach Steve Sarkisian said.
“They’re a confident team and they stick around,” added quarterback Keith Price. ” They are looking for their first Pac-12 win, and hopefully we’re not able to give it to them.”
One of the biggest storylines for Washington entering the final four games is the loss of junior receiver Kasen Williams and how the offense replaces his production and leadership. Sarkisian has noted that several players will have their opportunities to produce now, but it starts with true freshman Damore’ea Stringfellow who will get his first start this weekend.
“I think they’ll be ready,” Price said of his young receivers and when asked about Stringfellow in particular, Price sounded genuinely excited about his potential.
“Big, strong receiver, man. Possesses a lot of the same tools that Kasen has. Might be a bit stronger than what Kasen was as a freshman. Not sure if he can jump as high as Kasen, but he definitely has great hands…and is a big target,” said Price.
There is one month left in the regular season for Washington and the importance of how they finish this season hasn’t been lost on anyone. This was supposed to be the Huskies’ breakthrough season, one in which they overcame the mediocrity of 7-6 campaigns that the program has been mired in for the last three years.
It still can be.
“We understand that we can’t have seven wins,” Price concluded.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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