of Washington First season with both coach Kalen DeBoer and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. there was one magical ride that put Huskies return to the national stage.

Their second season comes with a straight goal – to win pac 12 Last time before taking up residence in Washington big ten,

Penix said, “It’s going to be huge. It’s definitely going to be something that’s going to be remembered for a long time.” “It’s a privilege to be here. This conference is amazing.”

One of the original members of the Pacific Coast Conference more than a century ago 10th ranked Huskies The Chiefs on the West Coast would begin their final season with a legitimate chance at the conference title as part of the conference. If the defense can show significant improvement from last season, the Huskies could find themselves in the College Football Playoff conversation.

It starts with Panix, which Heisman Trophy should be in discussion from the start of the season after returning for a second year with the Huskies. Penix threw for 4,641 yards and 31 touchdowns last season, helping Washington go 11–2 and finish their season with a win. Texas in the Alamo Bowl.

Combined with one of the nation’s deepest wide receiver groups led by rome odunze And jalen mcmillan, It is likely that Penix may again present staggering numbers. Washington’s offense averaged nearly 40 points per game last season.

DeBoer said, “We know (Penix) got the information. He now understands the offense because it’s really the same system from 2019 when he was in Indiana and he was introduced to it at that time.” ” “Reading, progressing, checking, it changes week-to-week and the game plan etc. He understands it inside and out. Now it’s just a matter of him leading.”

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Whether or not Washington will be a playoff contender will depend on its defense getting more stops and allowing fewer points. Huskies have two characteristics Best edge rushers in conference In Bralen Tris And Zion Tupula-Fedui And Oklahoma State Transfer Jabbar Muhammad Secondary should be helped immediately.

heisman hopes

Washington started it Heisman campaign last season It was too late for Penix to gain any traction and finished eighth in the voting. The school has never had a Heisman winner, but believes Penix has a chance to have a season worth considering.

He should get early opportunities to put up big numbers, but that will be what Penix does in marquee games later in the year Oregon, usc And Utah This will probably determine the seriousness of his candidature.

his top pass catchers back in Odunze, McMillan and yes’lin polk will help. Also a better run game would help which should benefit from its arrival Mississippi State Transfer Dillon Johnson,

defensive front

The strength of Washington’s defense should be up front with Trois and Tup’oola-Fetui providing pressure on the flanks and general injection And tuli letuligesenoa on the interior. Trice was a preseason All-Pac-12 selection and led Washington with nine sacks last season.

But the Huskies held their opponents to 30 or more points five times in the final eight regular season games last season.

secondary concern

The Huskies were boosted by the addition of Muhammad after appearing in 12 games and recording 48 tackles for Oklahoma State last season. The rest of Washington is a bit of a secondary question. eliza jackson will probably be the second cornerback so turner, Dominic Hampton And michell powell filling other positions in the secondary. All have starting experience but only Turner is returning as the starter at the same position as last year after some major offseason shuffling.

final season

Washington begins the season hosting Mountain West favorites Boise State and Tulsa before their big non-conference matchup at Michigan State — a school that will be a conference rival starting in 2024. The big challenge for the Huskies comes mid-season when No. 15 Oregon pays an October 14 and November trip in a brutal race that begins on the road at No. 6 USC, followed by No. 14 Utah at home, No. 18 Oregon at home. The final Apple Cup takes place against Washington State as in-state and conference opponents.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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