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Jan.
14th

Five Huskies to watch in 2015 (offense)

Washington's Dwayne Washington dives in for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game as Boise State's Darian Thompson (4) looks on, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Seattle. Washington defeated Boise State 38-6. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington’s Dwayne Washington dives in for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game as Boise State’s Darian Thompson (4) looks on, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Seattle. Washington defeated Boise State 38-6. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

In no particular order, here are five offensive players to watch for the Huskies in 2015.

RB Dwayne Washington (Junior, 6-foot-2, 219 pounds)

2014 recap: 132 carries, 697 yards, 5.3 yards per carry, 9 touchdowns, long rush of 68 yards

Why watch?: Washington flashed enough promise as a true freshman — despite a couple fumbles against Illinois — that many believed he would immediately seize the Huskies’ top tailback spot and never let go. Eventually, he did, though he was slowed in 2014 by a chest injury and didn’t emerge as UW’s No. 1 back until the final quarter of the season. He made up for lost time as best he could, rushing for 100 yards or more in the Huskies’ final three regular season games (he was quiet in the Cactus Bowl), including touchdown runs of 51 and 60 yards against Washington State. As a junior in 2015, Washington should be the favorite to start at tailback from Day 1, though Lavon Coleman and Deontae Cooper should provide spirited competition during spring and fall camp. Read more »

Dec.
31st

Morning links: Jeff Lindquist saw the field in unique ways in 2014

Washington quarterback Jeff Lindquist carries against Arizona State in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Washington quarterback Jeff Lindquist carries against Arizona State in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

FROM SCOTTSDALE — Today is Washington’s big press conference day at the media hotel here, as coach Chris Petersen, linebackers Hau’oli Kikaha and Shaq Thompson, defensive tackle Danny Shelton, running back Deontae Cooper and offensive lineman Colin Tanigawa will be available for interviews. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and five Cowboys players will also be available. For now, links.

Our story in today’s newspaper focuses on Jeff Lindquist’s interesting season, in which he saw the field in a few unique ways. Read more »

Dec.
30th

QB Jeff Lindquist trying to ‘be the best Jeff that I can be’

FROM SCOTTSDALE — Here’s some of what Huskies quarterback Jeff Lindquist said today after the Huskies practice at Chaparral High School.

(On his 2014 season and learning the new system) “Obviously that first game was great learning, great experience. I got to start. That was awesome. From there it’s really just been a way to learn and get better. even if I’m not playing on Saturday, there are still lots of opportunities to get better and just be the best Jeff that I can be, so that’s what I’ve been trying to do.” Read more »

Sep.
3rd

Teammates like how Huskies’ offense looks with Cyler Miles at QB

Cyler Miles will start at quarterback for the Huskies this week against Eastern Washington. (PETER HALEY -- Staff photographer)
Cyler Miles will start at quarterback for the Huskies this week against Eastern Washington. (PETER HALEY — Staff photographer)

SEATTLE – Jovial by nature, Jaydon Mickens often smiles when he speaks, his excitable nature conveyed nearly every time he’s interviewed.

But that’s just the junior receiver’s default. Ask him about third-year sophomore Washington Huskies quarterback Cyler Miles, and Mickens cranks the cheer up another notch.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “You should see what’s going on out in practice.”

You can’t, of course, because practices are closed. So here’s Mickens, asked how the insertion of Miles as UW’s starting quarterback this week against Eastern Washington (12 p.m. Saturday, Pac-12 Networks) might help improve an offense that struggled its way to just 17 points last week against Hawaii.

“I feel it changes a lot,” Mickens said. “It’s a lot of leadership. I’m not saying that Jeff (Lindquist) didn’t have that – he definitely had that – but it’s a better feel,” Mickens said. “It feels like we’ve kind of got another Keith Price back there, really constructing the offense, really putting balls where they need to be, holding his receivers accountable on everything, and it’s moving a lot faster and a lot smoother.” Read more »

Aug.
31st

With Eastern Washington on tap, Huskies have ‘a lot of work to do’

Washington running back Dwayne Washington (12) looks for an opening in the Hawaii defense in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Honolulu. Washington defeats Hawaii 17-16. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
Washington running back Dwayne Washington (12) looks for an opening in the Hawaii defense in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Honolulu. Washington defeats Hawaii 17-16. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

HONOLULU – With a Hawaiian lei draped around his neck as he stood on the Aloha Stadium field, John Timu’s evaluation of the Washington Huskies’ 17-16 victory over Hawaii on Saturday was understandably tempered.

The senior linebacker was happy the Huskies won. That fact aside, he also spoke an inescapable truth, one each of his teammates would do well to heed as they prepare for their home opener this Saturday against Eastern Washington.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Timu said. “Offense, defense, special teams. A lot of work to be done. All we can do now is improve.” Read more »

Aug.
25th

Jeff Lindquist, lifelong Huskies fan, will get his shot at QB against Hawaii

SEATTLE – Through the leanest of years – and there were a few of them – Jeff Lindquist kept showing up, kept watching the Washington Huskies play football on Saturdays with his dad at Husky Stadium.

He remembers the greatness of Marques Tuiasosopo, and, too, the “not so great” seasons that comprised most of the 2000s. Jake Locker, he said, was his favorite quarterback to watch, not only for his athleticism and speed, but for the way other players responded to his leadership and seemed to enjoy working with him.

“Unfortunately, I’m not as fast as he is. That would be great and make life a lot easier,” Lindquist joked. “But just the way he would make plays, and from what I hear he was just a stud of a leader, and guys really liked playing for him and working hard for him. Just kind of watching the way he operated and the way people worked around him, I thought was really cool to watch.” Read more »

Aug.
25th

Jeff Lindquist: ‘I’m just really excited for the opportunity to be the guy to help this team win’

Washington quarterback Jeff Lindquist (5) passes as tailbacks Dwayne Washington (12) and Lavon Coleman (22) look on, during the first session of NCAA college football practice before the upcoming fall season, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington quarterback Jeff Lindquist (5) passes as tailbacks Dwayne Washington (12) and Lavon Coleman (22) look on, during the first session of NCAA college football practice before the upcoming fall season, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Jeff Lindquist, the Huskies’ newest starting quarterback, met with reporters on Monday afternoon for the first time since being told he will start UW’s opener at Hawaii on Saturday.

He talked about winning the job, his progression since spring and the former Huskies quarterbacks who have mentored him along the way.

(On winning starting QB job) “As he told you guys, it was obviously really close. Troy’s still a stud. Just because I’m starting this game doesn’t make him any less of a player. Surprised, sure. I’m just trying to stay even-keel with it all, but I’m definitely excited.”

(When did you find out?) “I think on Wednesday last week.”

“All of us met with our position coaches and kind of mapped it out, and that’s when I found out.” Read more »