UW Football: Fall Camp Storylines - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

UW Football: Fall Camp Storylines

Updated:

The Washington Huskies arrive at the 2013 football season on top of a wall.

The Huskies have worked hard to climb out of the trenches under head coach Steve Sarkisian. Taking another step forward will allow them to slide comfortably down the right side of the wall into the pool of successful programs.

But falter during the 2013 campaign and the UW is in dangerous of slipping back down the wall from the uneasy ground it has risen from.

A favorable schedule could give the Huskies the eight-win season that would break the monotony of three straight seven-win campaigns. A win against a good Boise State team in the opener on Aug. 31 would give the UW a huge swing of momentum.

The Huskies, of course, still need to put their best product on the field to accomplish success. Here are some of the storylines to follow as training camp opens on Montlake on Aug. 5.

- Will Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams be suspended?

The Huskies' top two receiving threats were involved in separate incidents with the law during the offseason. Seferian-Jenkins, one of the top tight ends in the country, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and has been suspended from team activities since.

The extent of Seferian-Jenkins' punishment with the team is unknown at this point. He could avoid missing any game time.

Same goes for Williams, a star receiver. Williams was arrested and cited for underage consumption of alcohol in May near Lake Chelan.

Williams and Seferian-Jenkins change the complexion of the UW offense. With the first importance of the first game greater because it marks the return to renovated Husky Stadium, it will be interesting to see the extent of the punishment for the two playmakers.

- Will Keith Price return to form?

Quarterback Keith Price had a far from terrible year in 2012, but it also did not come close to matching his groundbreaking sophomore season. A lot of that had to do with a brutal offensive line. There also wasn't a lot of proven depth beyond Seferian-Jenkins and Williams.

The offensive line should be more solid this season. More depth and less injuries heading into training camp will hopefully give the line more time to gel up front. That should help the athletic Price stay healthy.

If youngsters DiAndre Campbell and Jaydon Mickens can show improvement, Price will have more options than last season.

- Can the defense continue growing?

The Huskies will be entering the second year of Justin Wilcox's tenure as defensive coordinator. The 2012 showed promise for the UW on the defensive side, but also some growing pains.

It will be interesting to see if the Huskies can show improvement and understanding of Wilcox's system.

The UW did lose cornerback Desmond Trufant to the NFL, but the addition of Travell Dixon could fill the void. Shaq Thompson and Danny Shelton are a pair of young players to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • Eagles 2010 FCS Championship No. 5 Moment in Big Sky's Top 50

    Eagles 2010 FCS Championship No. 5 Moment in Big Sky's Top 50

    Eastern Washington University’s sensational run to the 2010 NCAA Division I Football Championship has been selected as the fifth-best moment in the 50-year history of the Big Sky Conference, the league announced Thursday, April 24.More >>
    Eastern Washington University’s sensational run to the 2010 NCAA Division I Football Championship has been selected as the fifth-best moment in the 50-year history of the Big Sky Conference, the league announced Thursday, April 24.More >>
  • SWX-6 List: Top Six WSU Football Players From Former Cougs

    SWX-6 List: Top Six WSU Football Players From Former Cougs

    With Washington State University's Crimson and Gray spring football game right around the corner, SWX's Michelle Dapper reached out to a handful of former Cougar stars to get a list of the top-six WSU football players of all time.More >>
    With Washington State University's Crimson and Gray spring football game right around the corner, SWX's Michelle Dapper reached out to a handful of former Cougar stars to get a list of the top-six WSU football players of all time.More >>
  • Idaho's Silver and Gold Game Live on SWX

    Idaho's Silver and Gold Game Live on SWX

    Paul Petrino is a happy coach right now. Heading into the annual Silver and Gold game, which marks the end of spring football, he is seeing progress he didn’t expect just yet in a relatively young University of Idaho team that also has a host of newcomers.More >>
    Paul Petrino is a happy coach right now. Heading into the annual Silver and Gold game, which marks the end of spring football, he is seeing progress he didn’t expect just yet in a relatively young University of Idaho team that also has a host of newcomers.More >>
  • University of WashingtonMore>>

  • Huskies Unveil 2014 Uniforms

    Huskies Unveil 2014 Uniforms

    Together with Nike, the University of Washington unveiled a new collection of football uniform designs and colors for the 2014 season. With a new coaching staff, a renovated stadium and a fresh uniform design, the Washington Huskies are embracing a new era of football.More >>
    Together with Nike, the University of Washington unveiled a new collection of football uniform designs and colors for the 2014 season. With a new coaching staff, a renovated stadium and a fresh uniform design, the Washington Huskies are embracing a new era of football.More >>
  • Dialed In: Christian Caple on UW Football

    Dialed In: Christian Caple on UW Football

    SWX's Neil Stover got dialed in with the University of Washington beat writer for the Tacoma News Tribune, to talk Husky football on Thursday, April 17.Caple gives SWX an inside look on the state of UW football as they enter into a new era with head coach Chris Petersen...More >>
    SWX's Neil Stover got dialed in with the University of Washington beat writer for the Tacoma News Tribune, to talk Husky football on Thursday, April 17.Caple gives SWX an inside look on the state of UW football as they enter into a new era with head coach Chris Petersen...More >>
  • EWU Football to Face UW This Season and in 2019

    EWU Football to Face UW This Season and in 2019

    It’s a long way off until 2019, but the Eastern Washington University football team has scheduled yet another appearance versus the University of Washington at recently-renovated Husky Stadium.More >>
    It’s a long way off until 2019, but the Eastern Washington University football team has scheduled yet another appearance versus the University of Washington at recently-renovated Husky Stadium.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.