Despite the loss of Jake Locker, the Huskies return most of their starters and figure there will not be a drop-off in offensive productivity.
Washington has plenty of skilled position players and the offensive line is continuing to improve, helping to alleviate pressure of Keith Price.
With Keith Price being named the starting quarterback following spring practice, Price is ready to be the first Husky quarterback to start a season opener not named Jake Locker since 2006. The Huskies offense has lots of playmakers surrounding Price, allowing Price to play inside himself and not feel like he has to force anything. Nick Montana also has been playing well of late, providing a solid backup to Price.
The Huskies running back spot is a cause for concern. Redshirt freshman Deontae Cooper re-tore his ACL and is out for the season, while fullback Zach Fogerson had to retire from football due to a concussion. The already thin Huskies lost Polk for a couple weeks due to a knee injury and now have to rely on sophomore Jesse Callier and true freshman Bishop Sanky as well as senior Johri Fogerson.
The Huskies deepest and most skilled position is wide receiver. Jermaine Kearse is receiving national attention and true freshman Kasen Williams will make defenses pay attention to him, helping free up Kearse. Devin Aguilar, James Johnson, Kevin Smith and DiAndre Campbell are all capable of making big plays and will add depth.
Once an area of dominance, the tight end position has struggled to be a major part of the Huskies offense in recent years. After a strong recruiting haul, the position will now be a spot of strength for the Huskies. Five-star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be relied on to immediately make plays, while freshmen Michael Hartvigsonn and Evan Hudson will allow the Huskies to run two tight end sets.
The offensive line is an improving position for the Dawgs. In the Holiday Bowl triumph over Nebraska, the offensive line might have even been more impressive than the defenses dominance. The O-line allowed Husky ball carriers to rush for 268 yards and average 5.2 yards per carry. Senior left tackle Senio Kelemete helps lead a young Husky line that includes a redshirt freshman and two sophomores. The other starters are left guard Colin Tanigawa, center Drew Schaefer, right guard Colin Porter and right tackle Erik Kohler.