After nearly nine months since accepting the head coaching job at the University of Washington, Chris Petersen will make his debut coaching a team other than Boise State for the first time in 13 years. Despite it all, Petersen looks at it like he does any other season opener.
Seniors Sean Parker, Greg Ducre, Will Shamburger, Tre Watson and Taz Stevenson all graduated. Another defensive back who saw significant playing time, freshman Cleveland Wallace, decided to leave the team.
Returning to the practice field for the Washington Huskies, felt better than usual, Friday. The focus for the football team transitions to finishing the season strong, reaching a pedestal that hasn’t been attained in over a decade and sending the senior class off on a positive note.
Cornerback Marcus Peters and his teammates will face their second consecutive major test when they try to corral Washington State’s pass-happy offense on Friday in the Apple Cup. For most of the season, Washington’s secondary was considered one of the top units in the Pac-12, but much of that was based off a strong first five games.
In suffering consecutive losses to top-5 teams over the past two weeks, Washington has struggled to get the offense going early in games. That has led to second half deficits and the team being forced to play catch up.
The call was heartbreaking, especially after the fight the team showed for 58 minutes to give itself an opportunity to win.