We reached out to our friends at UW Dawg Pound for their thoughts on the season and this weeks game and John Sayler was nice enough to answer my questions.
Safe to say it has been a down year in Seattle... What has gone wrong for the Huskies this season?
This Husky team starts fast --like past Husky teams-- but closing out games against good opponents is something they have not been able to do.
The UW defense has been so good over the past few seasons that fans just assumed (even with nine new starters) there was enough talent and experience to keep chugging along. That has not been the case, this defense is pretty ordinary. They have allowed a ton of backbreaking 3rd and 4th down conversions at key points in ballgames and it has led to a 5-4 record, something no Husky fan would have imagined heading into the OSU game.
A lot was expected of Jacob Eason how would you rate his performance so far?
He has a great arm, so a lot of people love him. Personally I cannot stand quarterbacks with zero ability to extend plays, so I actually hope he goes to the NFL after this season, and has a nice NFL career. He seems like a good kid who tries hard, and is as gifted in terms of size and arm talent as there is in the entire county. Every game there are throws that put points on the scoreboard that leave you kind of speechless.
Unfortunately, there are also plays where he makes a terrible read, or bails from the pocket instead of stepping up, or runs a play that should be changed at the line of scrimmage. This wouldn’t be as much of an issue if he was better down the stretch of close games.
How much do you all miss Jonathan Smith?
Fans hated Jonathan Smith when he was at Washington, and they kind of hate the OC now, and they will hate every OC under Chis Petersen. It’s Petersen’s offense and it doesn’t make a lot of sense to the average fan.
Smith is a good coach and I’m really glad to see him getting things rolling a bit in Corvallis.
What players should OSU fans be aware of on both sides of the ball?
Lately UW has only had one of it’s three-headed running back monster healthy, so if that’s the case again Friday then look for junior Salvon Ahmed to get a lot of work. The Husky offensive line is very good, and Ahmed is an explosive runner. He is a one-cut type back with better power than you would expect from someone under 200 pounds.
On defense, DB Myles Bryant will be everywhere for the Huskies. He’s not a big guy, but his impact is always huge whether he is in coverage, run support, or blitzing the QB
If you could take anyone off the OSU roster and add it to Washington’s who would you take?
I have to admit that I have not seen Oregon State play this year, but a quick look at the stat sheet says I should choose Isaiah Hodgins because he’s been very productive and the Huskies could use a 6’4” wide receiver.
This Husky team is a bit of a mess, but I think they do enough to avoid a third straight loss this week. UW 42 - OSU 30