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Washington HC Chris Petersen said that No. 17 USC is "completely underrated in terms of rankings."

"[USC has] tremendous talent, they do a great job coaching them, and those kids show up," said Petersen, who also noted that the Trojans' use of scheme and tempo are among his worries for Thursday's contest. The Huskies head man also spoke at length about Stanford's upset of USC earlier this season. "I think Stanford just kept close and kept battling and were able to do that. Now, credit to Stanford to be able to do that." Washington has managed to hold opponents to an average of just 216.5 passing yards per game this season. That defense should be put to the test against Cody Kessler and company.
Oct 5 - 8:26 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said that while he hasn't begun scouting USC in advance of the Huskies' October 8 showdown, he knows that "they've got some guys."

Chris Petersen, man of understatement. Washington will be looking to slow down a USC team that's scored 40+ points in three of their four games (they were held to 31 by Stanford) behind the stellar work of QB Cody Kessler and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster. While HC Petersen's defense has shown some promise this season, they were gouged for 342 passing yards by Cal standout Jared Goff in Saturday's tough 30-21 loss.
Sep 28 - 3:22 PM

Washington junior RB Dwayne Washington had 10 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss to Cal.

A strong receiver, Washington added three catches for 19 yards. The Huskies took a step forward as a team late last season when Washington returned from injury, allowing Shaq Thompson to focus on defense. The 6-foot-2, 221-pounder finished with 132 rushes for 697 yards, good for a 5.3 YPC average. Washington the team needs to be giving Washington the player the ball more often. This was the first time all year he'd been given 10 carries, though he's been making an impact out of the backfield as a receiver all year (17 catches for 223 yards and a pair of scores).
Sep 27 - 5:32 PM

Washington freshman QB Jake Browning completed 22-of-31 passes for 368 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 31-17 win over Utah State.

Browning's first touchdown pass went for 81 yards in the second quarter, with Dwayne Washington taking a short pass and sprinting up the left sideline to glory. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound freshman would throw his other two TDs in the third. He's now tallied at least 320 yards in back-to-back starts and Saturday's 368 passing yards set a school record for a freshman quarterback. Through three games, he's thrown for 844 yards with a 5/2 TD/INT ratio. The Huskies will host Cal next weekend.
Sep 20 - 12:47 AM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said that the team is "still figuring out" the best way to use freshman RB Myles Gaskin.

Gaskin exploded for 146 yards and three touchdowns (including one from 78 yards out) on just 10 carries in Saturday's win over Sacramento State. HC Petersen was certainly impressed. "We’ve been pleased with him since he’s been here in fall camp and the first couple of games. He’s shown he can make some plays." Given that starter Dwayne Washington has rushed for just 27 yards through two games, the 5-foot-9, 192-pound Gaskin certainly appears primed to push for more playing time.
Sep 14 - 5:27 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said that true freshman QB Jake Browning "sees the field pretty darn well."

After an up-and-down debut against Boise State two weeks ago, Browning completed 17-of-24 passes for 326 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 49-0 win over Sacramento State. HC Petersen noted that he saw "signs of progress" before adding, " He’s not one of those guys that’s afraid to throw balls into tight windows. He anticipates so well that sometimes once the ball’s in air the window’s a little tighter than maybe you’d like, but he’s also going to get some balls in there because he does throw with such really good anticipation. Right before half there were some really good throws in there, and really good reads." The 6-foot-2, 206-pound true freshman will have a chance to continue to settle in against Utah State this weekend before hitting the brutal meat of his conference schedule. In October, Washington will play USC, Oregon, Stanford and Arizona.
Sep 14 - 4:44 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen believes that true freshman QB Jake Browning showed poise for most of Friday's loss to Boise State.

Browning's numbers don't look outwardly impressive, as he tallied 150 yards and an interception on 20-of-34 passing, but HC Petersen made sure to voice support of his young starter--the first true freshman quarterback to ever start on a Petersen-coached squad. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound whippersnapper did take a crucial sack while Washington was driving for a potential tying field goal in the final seconds, but otherwise managed to limit his mistakes. Further growing pains should be expected moving forward.
Sep 7 - 3:19 PM

Washington true freshman QB Jake Browning completed 20-of-34 passes for 150 yards and an interception in Friday's 16-13 loss to Boise State.

Browning beat out Jeff Lindquist and K.J. Carta-Samuels for the starting gig. Someday, that decision will pay off, but in the meantime it could cost them in close games like this one. Washington almost pulled off the stunner thanks to a better-than-expected defensive performance (the Huskies lost several defensive stars to the draft). Browning mostly appeared poised, but he took a sack on the game’s final drive that forced K Cameron Van Winkle back for a 46-yard FG try to send the game into overtime. Van Winkle sailed wide right and the Broncos escaped.
Sep 5 - 3:17 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen likes his team this season, noting that he believes his players are "going to [grow] as the season goes on."

"We’ve got some good talent, and I’m just excited to watch these guys grow," said Petersen. He'll be facing off with his former team in Friday's season-opener against Boise State, but tried to downplay the significance of his return. When asked if it gave the Huskies an edge that some of Petersen's recruits remain on the Broncos, he responded by saying, "I don't think it’s a situation where we have this tremendous advantage because we know some of those kids. Our players have got to go play." He was also asked if he rolled out any blue turf at practice, but alas, this was not the case.
Sep 2 - 5:12 PM

Washington junior RB Dwayne Washington and sophomore RB Lavon Coleman are both listed as starters on the depth chart.

That Washington's not listed as a clear starter is somewhat surprising, given that he's considered a possible NFL prospect and offers far more upside than Coleman. A comparison of their numbers boils it down nicely enough. Coleman rushed 138 times for 565 rushing in 2014, good for a 4.1 YPC average. And Washington? 132 rushes for 697 yards, good for a 5.3 YPC average. Just as telling, the 6-foot-2, 221-pound Washington scored nine touchdowns to Coleman's one last season.
Aug 31 - 9:55 PM

The News Tribune's Christian Caple is speculating that Washington freshman QB Jake Browning will be named the team's starting quarterback.

Caple wrote that "after a three-man competition that began in spring and lasted through most of training camp, it appeared that Browning, the record-setting high-school passer, had the slightest edge over [Jeff] Lindquist and [K.J.] Carta-Samuels." Should the 6-foot-2, 206-pound freshman win the job, he would be the first freshman quarterback to play under HC Chris Petersen's watch. Petersen has indicated that two or even three of the quarterbacks in competition to start could see playing time in Friday's season-opener against Boise State.
Aug 31 - 9:39 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen still has yet to decide who will be the team's starting quarterback in the 2015 season.

Petersen offered no update on the quarterback race on Tuesday. Jeff Lindquist, Jake Browning and K.J. Carta-Samuels all continue to see an even amount of work in practice. Lindquist is the only quarterback of the three with "experience." Said experience consists of just 30 pass attempts a season ago, 10 of which were completed for 162 yards and a touchdown. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith has indicated that he likes the 6-foot-3, 246-pound sophomore's command in practice, while noting that he also needs to continue to work on touch passes. Of the decision, Smith told ESPN "We are trying to push ourselves to [choose a quarterback] but we don’t want to make the wrong choice. We’re still letting it play out."
Aug 25 - 4:34 PM

Washington redshirt junior LB Travis Feeney "is a terrific athlete and a three down prospect at linebacker," according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"He’s quick up the field defending the run, gets depth on pass drops and also stands out in pursuit. I think his instincts need a bit of brushing up but believe if he plays productive, mistake free football Freeney could move into the third round," Pauline wrote. The Washington prospect played every game last season, and recorded 9 starts for the Huskies. While Feeney has the ideal length and frame for the position, he'll definitely need to bulk up for the next level. Last season, Feeney was awarded the "Most Outstanding Special Teams Player" award by Huskies' coaches.
Aug 21 - 2:31 PM

Washington freshman QB Jake Browning struggled in practice on Monday, throwing three interceptions.

Browning was rated as a four-star recruit in some corners of the college football world, but Monday was not his finest hour. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound freshman threw a pair of picks during 7-on-7 play, then a third interception going 11-on-11. Head coach Chris Peterson told the press he would "love to" have a starter named by the end of this week. Browning's in that mix, but so are junior Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels. Incidentally, Carta-Samuels was also picked off in Monday's practice.
Aug 17 - 5:21 PM

Washington senior T Dexter Charles has chosen to retire due to a knee injury.

Over the last three years, Charles has started 30 games for the Huskies, making him the most experienced offensive lineman on the team. He missed spring practices with injury and head coach Chris Peterson indicated that the lineman would be stepping aside due to a knee ailment. Said Peterson, "We're all very disappointed that Dexter's injury won't allow him to continue to play." Peterson went on to say that Charles might be interested in coaching in the future.
Aug 17 - 4:32 PM

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