POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 2, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 10:23 p.m. HST, Sep 2, 2011
Sept. 10 at Husky Stadium, Seattle, Wash.
Stadium capacity: 72,500. Surface: FieldTurf
>> Head coach: Steve Sarkisian (third year)
>> 2010 record: 7-6 (5-4 Pac-10)
>> Offense: Pro style
>> Defense: 4-3
>> Series: Hawaii, 2-1
>> Last meeting: Hawaii 35, Washington 28 (Dec. 1, 2007, Honolulu)
Returning starters: Seven
Primary objective: Draw attention away from an untested QB by feeding RB Chris Polk, who ran for 1,415 yards last season, the second-highest single-season total in school history. Polk had knee surgery on Aug. 18, but is expected to return early in the season.
At the controls: Steve Sarkisian’s aggressive play-calling was most notably demonstrated when he went for a touchdown instead of a game-tying field goal with 2 seconds left against Cal.
Leading the charge: Sophomore QB Keith Price went 20-for-28 for 212 yards and three touchdowns in UW’s spring game and was named the starter to replace first-round draft pick Jake Locker.
Key to success: Developing leadership in the wake of Locker’s departure after four years as the starter.
Returning starters: Eight
Primary objective: Finding playmakers to pick up the production of outside linebackers Mason Foster and Victor Aiyewa.
At the controls: The Huskies’ pass defense climbed to second in the Pac-10 under third-year defensive coordinator Nick Holt.
Leading the charge: Inside linebacker Cort Dennison returns after recording 93 tackles, 8.5 for loss, and two interceptions.
Key to success: Continued emergence of the defensive front as defensive tackle Alameda Ta‘amu and defensive end Hauoli Jamora (Kahuku) step into featured roles.
>> The Huskies closed last season with a win over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, the program’s first bowl appearance in eight years.
>> Sarkisian quarterbacked BYU to a win over Hawaii in 1996 and played in the Hula Bowl that season.