2011 Record: 7-6 Returning Starters: 13 Offense: 6 Defense: 7 2012 Recruiting Class: The Huskies had the #21 recruiting class in the nation, which I believe gives them the 2nd highest rated of teams in the Legacy. Highlights of that class include the top ranked safety, Shaq Thompson, the #2 QB in Cyler Miles, and the 11th ranked DE with Pio Vatuvei. Offense: The system that will be implemented under new Washington coach Wick36 has yet to be decided and likely will not be until he has a chance to see his players live in practice. At LSU, his teams were usually run focused, but also used a fair amount of shotgun and passing sets. It is most likely that a similar, all purpose offense will be used. Defense: Wick36 will employ a 4-3 defense, which had lots of success at LSU. He will attempt to recruit the most athletic players possible for the front 7, and find finesse players who excel in coverage for the defensive backfield. Getting after the passer and making opponents pay for their mistakes with turnovers will be the name of the game in Washington. Quarterback: Keith Price will be leading the offense for the Huskies. With a 94 rating in game, he should be able to dominate from the get go and will be a huge factor in their success (or lack thereof). Running back: It looks as though junior Jesse Callier will be the starter at this position, with an 88 rating in game. He's got pretty solid speed and gets to full speed quickly. He's not super shifty and doesn't bowl everyone over, but he hits the hole quick and hard. Wide Receiver: The top 3 receivers pop in at 88, 83, and 79. The biggest playmaker at this position looks to be sophomore Kasen Williams, who has good size at 6'2" 216 and also has good speed. Expect Price to look Williams way a lot this season. Hopefully he is able to play as well as Randle or Seward did under Wick36. TE: This was always a position that LSU had trouble recruiting for some reason. This position will be asked to block a lot, but also gets a fair share of looks in the passing game. With ratings of 90 and 82, this should be a strong position for the Huskies for years to come, especially with the 90 being just a sophomore. OL: This should be a pretty solid all around unit for Washington. Nobody really stands out here, but they should all be able to get the job done effectively. This line does have youth, so there's potential for them to be very, very good. - DL: The defensive line will be a weak point for the Huskies. The best player for them on the front line will be defensive end/OLB hybrid Josh Shirley, a sophomore. LB: The linebackers for Washington are also nothing special, but they're fairly young so there is some room for growth. DB: The defensive backfield should be the strength of the Washington defense in the first season, with senior corner back Desmond Trufant coming in at an 86 and 83 rated junior Gregory Ducre below him. At the safety positions will be be players who are 79 and 77 overall. Hopefully one of them is 5 star recruit Shaq Thompson, who was the 4th rated recruit in the nation. - Expectations: This is a tad difficult to predict without seeing any schedules, but Washington would like to improve on their 7-5 regular season record. Before some of the divisional flip flopping and redoing of OOC schedules across the country, Washington was slated to play Oregon, Stanford, USC, and LSU, with a few other tricky out of conference games. Washington should have the talent to compete with those top tier teams, so an 8-4 record should be worst case scenario. At any rate, the Huskies feel relatively confident that they'll be representing the north in the PAC-12 title game, which is nothing to scoff at in a division with Oregon and Stanford. A top #15 finish is also something that is within the grasp of the Huskies. Perhaps more important than the on field performance will be recruiting. With a variety of new recruiting rules, Wick36 may not have as much success in bringing in his players as he had in Baton Rouge. In order to keep a good roster and continually compete for PAC-12 and national titles, Washington will need to bring in the right guys and that should start in year 1.