Washington Huskies Football: Players Who Will Break Out in 2012

Adam SalazarContributor IIINovember 14, 2011

Washington Huskies Football: Players Who Will Break Out in 2012

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    As the 2011 season winds down, it's time to look at what the Washington Huskies have in store for 2012.

    While the Dawgs tantalized this year with their potential, they are still on the bubble compared to the true top tier programs in the country.

    Year four of Steve Sarkisian's tenure just might put the Huskies over the top.

    Several key players will be moving on, but luckily the Huskies have a full cupboard to draw from.

    Read on to find out which players will succeed.

QB Keith Price

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    It might be a stretch to say Keith Price has yet to break out. He has an outlandish QB rating of 155.1, 25 touchdowns and 2,258 passing yards.

    But consider the fact he hasn't been 100 percent healthy yet this season, and the sophomore QB's ceiling starts to look even higher.

    Perhaps Price's most potent weapon is his mobility—something that has suffered due to injuries to both knees.

    "It's taken it away," Price said of his mobility in September. "I can't lie. I haven't been able to run like I can, but I've been throwing the ball pretty well."

    The best is yet to come.

S James Sample

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    The highly touted safety never got off the ground this year due to a shoulder injury, but the Washington Huskies may be able to secure a medical redshirt for their troubles.

    Known for his physical play, closing speed, and excellent instincts, Sample could bring a dimension to the Huskies they have missed since Dashon Goldson graduated.

    "I think he's got a real chance to be real special," head coach Steve Sarkisian said last week after lamenting his potential loss for the season.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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    Austin Seferian-Jenkins has hardly flown under the radar this season, catching 26 passes for 377 yards and four touchdowns.

    But the freshman's production has been intermittent—brilliant one week, absent the next.

    Look for his rapport with quarterback Keith Price to continue to mature as the tight end further adjusts to the speed of the game.

RB Jesse Callier

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    With workhorse Chris Polk likely to go high in the upcoming NFL draft, there will be an enormous hole to fill in the Washington Huskies' offense.

    Lucky for Washington, Jesse Callier is a highly versatile running back that, while not replacing Polk's every-down production, should be able to keep a defense on their toes with an array of skills.

    Callier can get to the edge, catch passes out of the backfield or slash between the tackles effectively.

    After sitting behind Polk for two years, Callier—with his 5.5 career yards per carry—should be ready to assume the mantle of top Dawg.

WR Kasen Williams

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    Expect Kasen Williams's role next year to match his immense talent.

    With receivers Devin Aguilar and Jermaine Kearse set to graduate this year, the Washington Huskies will need Williams to step into a much bigger spotlight next season.

    The 5-star recruit has shown flashes of his ability this season. He has 25 receptions for 280 yards and four touchdowns, including 11 receptions in the last two games.