What kind of offensive identity do UW Huskies need with new QB?

Feb 20, 2019, 2:09 PM | Updated: 2:12 pm
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The UW Huskies will be without Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin for the first time in 4 years. (AP)

Following January’s Rose Bowl, the UW Huskies saw the departure of two four-year offensive starters in quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin, who finished their college careers with the most passing touchdowns and rushing yards, respectively.

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Without those two stars, will the UW Huskies have to start from scratch forming a new offensive identity? That was a question explored by Brock Huard during his Blue 42 segment of Brock and Salk on 710 ESPN Seattle.

“This is for (2019’s presumptive starting quarterback) Jacob Eason, in particular,” Huard said. “What kind of system do you want to be? To me, you’ve got to be a power run, play-action team. If you’re going to play to Jacob Eason, or Jacob Sirmon, or Colson Yankoff, I think you’ve got to be that kind of team.

“You’ve been the best defense in this conference the last three years, and you can obviously still recruit to defense and coach to defense. And I think you can recruit and develop offensive linemen. Honestly, the Huskies have got more people at the line of scrimmage in this recruiting class than they ever have before, from a size and strength number. So to me, you’ve got to study what kind of demographic you can legitimately recruit here, what kind of defense you can run, and what kind of weather you play in oftentimes in October and November. Much like those Apple Cups, focus on controlling the line of scrimmage and your ability to run the ball. And you’ve got guys like Eason and (Colson) Yankoff that can really throw it down the field. So get back to being that power run, play-action team and live in it. You better have that kind of identity and not try to wear six different hats.”

Huard also answered questions about the Pac-12 Networks, and whether Seahawks safety Earl Thomas could take less to sign with another team in free agency. Listen to the full segment in the audio clip embedded above, and listen to Brock and Salk every weekday morning from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.

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