Replacing those defensive starters wouldn’t have been a problem had they played the best players from the jump last season. They replaced Kyler Manu with a fucking RS Freshman walk-on and the defense was instantly way better. That shit was fucking ridiculous and makes me glad Petersen is gone. Even with the mismanaging of talent on defense, UW still finished with the 3rd best scoring defense in the conference. Had they played the obviously most talented players to begin with, they would have had the #2 or #1 scoring defense in the conference with a bunch of young guys playing.
UW is the most talented team in the North and it’s not even close. There is absolutely no reason they shouldn’t win the North. Did one down season also make you forget about all the success this program has had the past four years with less overall talent? UW is the favorite in the North every season until proven otherwise because they’ve earned that respect both on the field and on the recruiting trail. Anybody else winning the North at this point is an upset of UW. This isn’t a 7-8 win program. It’s a 10 win program. One down season doesn’t change that so have some fucking pride and high expectations.
8 new starters on offense including a QB with zero experience and snaps of value under his belt, Donovan as OC, the road games at Oregon/Cal/SC/Utah and we should be the favorite in the North ?
We will find out of Jimmie can alpha and take UW to the next step, or if the culture built under Pete puts a ceiling on the program. I am optimistic and believe the best recruiter and developer of said talent the last 6 years will carry that over as head coach.