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Aug.
29th

Andrew Hudson and DiAndre Campbell, ‘suddenly seniors’ no more, sit atop Huskies depth chart

Washington's DiAndre Campbell (19) celebrates his 20-yard touchdown reception with teammate Austin Seferian-Jenkins against Portland State in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Seattle. Washington won 52-13. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Washington’s DiAndre Campbell (19) celebrates his 20-yard touchdown reception with teammate Austin Seferian-Jenkins against Portland State in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Seattle. Washington won 52-13. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

HONOLULU – Andrew Hudson and DiAndre Campbell could not look forward last November to visiting paradise.

Told by the previous coaching staff that they would not be returning to the Washington Huskies football team for their fifth years of eligibility, Hudson and Campbell figured they’d be playing somewhere else by now, far from Aloha Stadium, where the Huskies begin the Chris Petersen era on Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. game against Hawaii (CBS Sports Network).

Instead, the two are not only still on the roster, but atop the depth chart at their respective positions – Campbell at receiver, Hudson at defensive end – visiting the beach and snapping photos and preparing to start another season as Pac-12 football players.

“It’s just a true test of resilience,” said Campbell, a wide receiver from Oakland. “Just realizing a true testament to everything we’ve done, all the hard work we’ve put in doesn’t go unnoticed.” Read more »

Aug.
29th

Q-and-A with Honolulu Star-Advertister beat writer Stephen Tsai

Sometimes, the most honest insight into a team and its personnel comes from the local beat writers who cover them (and, yes, that is a completely biased opinion).

So to give you a look into Hawaii’s program as the Huskies prepare for their season opener against the Rainbow Warriors, we sent five questions over to Stephen Tsai (@StephenTsai on Twitter), who covers Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He was gracious enough to answer them. Read more »

Aug.
29th

Picking the Washington-Hawaii game

Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa is a big dude who is tough to tackle. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa is a big dude who is tough to tackle. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

No suspense here – there’s really no justifiable reason to predict anything other than a relatively easy Huskies victory in this one, even considering the inherent unpredictability of a team playing its first game under a new head coach.

The biggest storyline for UW, of course, besides Petersen’s debut, is the first career start for third-year sophomore quarterback Jeff Lindquist, who won the starting job over redshirt freshman Troy Williams.

And it’s what Lindquist did during camp to earn that nod – good decisions, ball control, improved accuracy – that he must display against Hawaii, which finished last season ranked 115th nationally in total defense, finished with a 1-11 record and has installed a new scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Kevin Clune. (Here’s a link to our Hawaii preview from earlier this summer, with a few of their key returning contributors listed.) Read more »

Aug.
29th

Predicting the Huskies’ record in 2014

Washington head coach Chris Petersen calls to his team on Saturday, April 19, 2014, during the team's spring NCAA college football game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington head coach Chris Petersen calls to his team on Saturday, April 19, 2014, during the team’s spring NCAA college football game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

I’ve been asked a few times, mostly during out-of-town radio interviews, to gauge the expectations of Huskies fans heading into coach Chris Petersen’s inaugural season as coach.

And it seems to me the answer to that question is roughly this: eight victories or fewer would probably be viewed as a disappointment (especially with a 13-game schedule); nine wins feels like the baseline for what could be reasonably termed acceptable; and 10 wins or more would probably be considered a success, depending on how the Huskies fare in their bowl game (and depending against whom those victories are achieved).  Read more »

Aug.
29th

Morning links: Aloha means the day before game day

FROM HONOLULU — We’ve arrived in Hawaii, where the Huskies begin the Chris Petersen era tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. against the Rainbow Warriors. We begin our morning links … now.

— In today’s newspaper, we took a look at a few of the Huskies’ Hawaiian-born players who are scrambling to fill as many ticket requests as possible from family and friends for Saturday’s game. Read more »

Aug.
28th

Huskies’ Hawaiian players expecting big turnout this weekend from family, friends

Hau'oli Kikaha is one of four Huskies players from Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Hau’oli Kikaha is one of four Huskies players from Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SEATTLE – After four years of watching California-born teammates fight to secure tickets for family and friends on road trips to Los Angeles and the Bay Area, fifth-year senior outside linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha finally understands the struggle.

Kikaha is from Laie, Hawaii, which is located about an hour north of Honolulu, site of the Washington Huskies’ season opener against Hawaii on Saturday at Aloha Stadium (7:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network).

So in addition to preparing for Hawaii’s offensive schemes, Kikaha is also scrambling to field dozens of ticket requests from family for the Huskies’ first trip to Hawaii since 2007.

“I’ve never had to experience this,” Kikaha said, smiling and shaking his head. “All the guys have gone through their hometowns and had family ask for tickets, and I’ve never had a problem. This is extremely tough, because I don’t just have a huge family – I’ve got extra cousins and distant relatives that are going to be there.” Read more »

Aug.
28th

Pac-12 picks: Football is back, which means a bunch of blowouts (for now)

These folks must have picked Idaho State to cover, too. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
These folks must have picked Idaho State to cover, too. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The first week of the season has finally arrived, and in power conferences like the Pac-12, that usually means a couple weeks filled with mostly lopsided scores against inferior opponents.

There are at least a couple intriguing games in the conference this week to provide some opportunity for yours truly to botch a pick or two. With all that said, here we go with our weekly Pac-12 predictions. All lines (courtesy of VegasInsider.com) are for entertainment purposes only, unless you want to use them to gamble. I don’t really care. As always, the pick for the Huskies’ game will come in a separate post on Friday. Read more »

Aug.
28th

Morning links: Time for Huskies to head to Honolulu

With a long trip ahead of them, the Washington Huskies will leave for Honolulu later this afternoon, one day earlier than the standard departure time for road games. We’re doing the same, but will have plenty in this space leading up to game time. Even these links.

— Our story in today’s newspaper leads with defensive back Brian Clay and his reaction to being awarded a scholarship. Read more »