First year Husky Offensive Coordinator John Donovan wasted no time in breaking down the Huskies offensive unit during Tuesdays Zoom call with the media.
LACK OF EXPERIENCE
With just three returning starters on offense expectations are high for the young Huskies. LG Luke Watternberg, LT Jaxson Kirkland, and TE Cade Otton will bring some needed experience up front. Both Watternberg and Kirkland were moved to the left side of the line giving the eventual starter at quarterback some blindside protection. The switch could mean the Huskies will run more players on that side of the line.
The return of Richard Newton and Sean McGrew gives the Huskies a 1-2 punch that is capable of competing on a Conference wide level. One wrinkle Donovan will implement right away is a pass catching backfield. Salvon Ahmed led last years running back unit with 16 catches for 84. Donovan left no doubt that this years running backs will be an intricate part of the passing game.
STARTING QUARTERBACK TBT
One thing is clear the Husky coaching staff has a methodical plan to deciding who will be the teams starting quarterback. When repeatedly asked Donovan gave no clue. Donovan did provide what attributes the he is looking for in the starting quarterback.
Redshirt sophomore Jacob Sirmon, redshirt freshman Dylan Morris, true freshman Ethan Garbers and Sacramento State transfer Kevin Thomson are in a heated battel for the starting qb job
DEPT AND TALENTED WR UNIT
The one unit with talent, depth and experience is the wide receivers. The loss of Aaron Fuller (59 rec, 702yds, 6td), Hunter Bryant (52 rec, 825 yds, 3tds) and Andre Baccellia (29rec, 314 yds, 4td) will be a major blow to the pass game. The Huskies will have seven players returning with starter experience. Ty Jones return after missing all of last year due to an injury is a major boast. Terrell Bynum and Puka Nacau showed signs of brilliance but lacked consistency .