Washington Football: Predicting the Offensive Depth Chart for the Season Opener
Predicting as offensive depth chart can be like predicting the weather in Seattle—starting (sunny) one minute and on the bench (rainy) the next.
With less than two months to go before the first game against Eastern Washington, here is my take on the Washington Husky offensive depth chart which should start that game.
I wonder what the weather is going to be like?
O-Line: Senio Kelemete, Colin Tanigawa, Drew Schaefer, Colin Porter, Erik Kohler
This group will probably provide the key to the Huskies offense this year.
Senio Kelemete is the only senior among this group that includes two sophomores and a redshirt freshman.
They will have to mesh quickly to open holes in the running game and offer adequate pass protection for an inexperienced quarterback.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
At 6'6'' and 250 pounds, Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a physical specimen.
If he learns to harness his athleticism, he has all the makings of a future star.
Seferian-Jenkins starred in the Husky Spring Game, and coach Steve Sarkisian was impressed enough to name this true freshman the starter.
FB Jonathan Amosa
This junior from Seattle will be getting his first opportunity to start at an underrated position.
He will be counted on to unleash crushing lead blocks for Huskies’ tailbacks, pick up blitzes from the defense, and present a safety-receiving outlet when the QB is forced to dump the ball off.
WR Devin Aguilar
This senior has been a steady producer for Washington the last two years.
His experience as a route runner will be invaluable for the upcoming season, counteracting a young offensive line and an untested quarterback that has the potential to fall into some negative situations.
His presence on the field provides a safety blanket for the offense, and his leadership will be counted on in the locker room.
WR Jermaine Kearse
Washington will rely on this big-play specialist to stretch the defense in the passing game and open up the field for the running game.
Named to the All Pac-10 Second Team last year, Jermaine Kearse averaged a healthy 16 yards per catch with 12 touchdowns.
Woe is the team who decides to single cover this speed merchant with the size of a flanker.
QB Keith Price
Nothing like making your starting debut on the road at Autzen Stadium against No. 1 Oregon, but that’s what Keith Price was faced with last year when Jake Locker had to sit out with an injury.
Price acquitted himself well, and this spring won the quarterback battle over prized recruit Nick Montana. Price won’t be asked to carry the team a la Jake Locker, but he has the skills and the savvy to put a scare into opposing defenses.
If he can run the Husky offense smoothly, UW could make a run for a solid bowl game.
RB Chris Polk
Chris Polk might as well have a large "S" painted on his chest, for he has played like a superhero the last two years for the Washington Huskies.
A potential Heisman Trophy candidate in 2011, Polk will be asked to carry more of an offensive burden this year. Without Jake Locker to focus on, defenses will look to shut down Polk.
Better find some kryptonite to slow down this slashing breakaway threat– after all; you don’t tug on Superman’s cape.