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QB Keith Price needs a bounce-back season in 2013.
The Washington Huskies are a touchy subject for Duck fans. Not because they've done anything recently, but because anytime they've received offseason hype the past few seasons, they've failed to deliver. So it's natural for one to question why next season would be any different.
I'm not fully in that camp, and I think next season will be different.
Consider that before last season, the Huskies had no proven running backs, fledgling pass-catchers in Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams and a defense coming off a terrible season. This time around they'll boast Bishop Sankey, who may be the second-best back in the conference behind Carey (not counting DAT, of course), and both ASJ and Williams are elite at their positions.
The defense, led by freshman standout Shaq Thompson, was way better statistically in 2012 than it's been in quite some time. And Washington will opening up a newly renovated Husky Stadium as well. It's a do-or-die kind of season up north.
Those points have been countered with the fact that Oregon still won in blowout fashion last season, and that's true. I'll also admit that for the Huskies to have any real chance of keeping up with the Ducks, Keith Price cannot look anything like the quarterback from this past season.
But there's plenty of reason to believe that the 2013 Huskies will have a lot more bite than usual. I still don't think it's enough to hang with the Ducks, but don't say I didn't warn you when this one ends up being a nail-biter.