Husky Trails:What's Going to Be Offered to Washington Husky Fans In 2009

Ian PetersonCorrespondent IJune 19, 2009

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 6:  D'Andre Goodwin #11 of the Washington Huskies holds on to the ball during their game against the BYU Cougars on September 6, 2008 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Cougars defeated the Huskies 28-27. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

For many of you who read my column here on Bleacher Report, you should already know the answer to this question. A lot of these things have been major threads in a lot of my articles.

However, there are some of you out there that probably don't follow the Huskies that closely, so I thought I might have a little primer for everyone.

To be honest, it's just a dead week for Husky news after all the recruiting excitement.

So what the heck, how about a few bullet points to recap where the Huskies have been and where they are going.

The Huskies in 2009 will be a wholly different and more competitive team. I will stake my reputation completely on the assertion that UW will win at least two games.Β 

I won't stake my reputation on it, but I have a strong feeling that the Huskies will win more than two, and will stay in a lot of games they aren't expected to.

Steve Sarkisian's offense will sputter at first, there's no question, but by the end of the season it will work like a well oiled machine.Β 

Jake Locker will pass phenomenally better than he has over the last two seasons. Whether that means post-season accolades, well that just depends on the teams performance as a whole.

That being said, the skill positions will be solid.

Chris Polk will emerge as the top running back and D'Andre Goodwin and Jermaine Kearse will be the leading receivers.

The defense will play with much more intensity than they have over the last few years. Nick Holt and the defensive staff will get the players fired up.

However, they still are going to get pretty banged up on the line and in the secondary, especially against some of the better offenses in the conference.Β 

I can bet there will be a close game that the defense's performance will ultimately decide. In the Tyrone Willingham era this meant a catastrophic collapse late in the game (Washington State in 2007 and 2008 anyone?).

We can hope that it is the opposite for 2009.

If the Huskies can show improvement over this year, the recruiting will pickup even more dramatically. It's already been a showcase of the Sarkisian tenure so far, but good be a major selling point of the program in years to come if the ball keeps rolling.

All in all, it's going to be a good year to start all over again under Sarkisian.



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