Marcus Peters has spoken before of last season’s disappointing finish, and how it stuck with the Washington Huskies during offseason workouts.
And those workouts might end up being the reason why Peters, a sophomore cornerback, and his teammates finish this season with a different feeling.
Their preparation was lacking, Peters said, prior to last year’s Las Vegas Bowl, which the Huskies lost to Boise State. Conditioning was a part of that.
“(The Broncos) ran up-tempo at the start of the game, and we weren’t really prepared for that,” Peters said. “This year, we just want to make sure we’re prepared for everything. We’re studying film real hard, and we’ve just been working hard throughout the week of preparation. We just want to go out so there’s no lumps in our game plan.”
This year’s Fight Hunger Bowl opponent, Brigham Young, will operate at the same speed on offense. But the Cougars will do so with a more physical front.
“(The Cougars) have Stanford’s offensive line, and (Arizona State’s) playbook,” Peters said. “It’s going to be a real fast game, but a physical game at that.”
BYU (8-4) ranks 14th in the country in total offense, and is one of only four teams to run 1,000 or more plays in 12 games this season.
Interim UW coach Marques Tuiasosopo said he thinks the Huskies and BYU are “close” in terms of style of play, though the Cougars feature a few more veteran players.
The Huskies practiced longer on Tuesday than they had in previous bowl-week preparations. Tuiasosopo said afterward that they’re treating this week’s practices as if it were game week, though their final practice in Seattle is on Thursday, and the team departs for San Francisco on Sunday.
“Each day that passes, I think what’s right in front of them is in their sights,” Tuiasosopo said. “The excitement builds day by day, and these guys have done a great job of plugging through. We had another good one today. It wasn’t perfect … so we’ll correct them and come back (Wednesday).”
NEW ASSISTANT COACH?
According to CoachingSearch.com, former Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease will join the staff of new UW coach Chris Petersen.
The report doesn’t specify Pease’s specific role. No official announcements have been made by UW in regard to any new assistants since Petersen was hired.
Pease was fired by Florida after the Gators stumbled to a 4-8 record this season, their first losing season since 1979. Florida’s offense was depleted by a handful of injuries to key players, including the Gators’ top two quarterbacks.
Pease was an assistant under Petersen from 2006-2011 at Boise State, and was the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2011. He was Florida’s offensive coordinator for two seasons under coach Will Muschamp.
UW’s current offensive coordinator is Eric Kiesau. He and the Huskies’ remaining assistant coaches are expected to remain on staff through the bowl game.
SEFERIAN-JENKINS, SANKEY NAMED AP ALL-AMERICANS
Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Bishop Sankey were named to The Associated Press’ All-America teams — Sankey made the second team, Seferian-Jenkins the third.
Sankey, who was a semifinalist for the national Doak Walker Award, finished behind Boston College’s Andre Williams and Ka’Deem Carey of Arizona for first-team All-America honors.
The Pac-12 Conference has 14 players on the AP’s three teams, including six on the first team — Carey, Washington State safety Deone Bucannon, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton, Stanford offensive lineman David Yankey and Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks.
Sankey was also named to Sports Illustrated’s All-America second team. Seferian-Jenkins was named as an honorable mention.
HUSKIES ADD RECRUIT
After two players made oral commitments Monday to play for the Huskies, another recruit announced Tuesday that he plans to do the same.
Joseph “JoJo” McIntosh, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety prospect from Chaminade College Prep in West Hills, Calif., told several recruiting outlets that he intends to play for the UW after being previously committed to UCLA.
McIntosh was previously recruited by Petersen at Boise State. Scout.com ranks McIntosh as a 3-star recruit and the No. 34 safety prospect in the 2014 recruiting class.
The Huskies now have eight oral commitments for the class of 2014, according to Scout.com. Quarterback Jalen Greene (Gardena, Calif.) and defensive back Darren Gardenhire (Long Beach, Calif.) each made public their commitment to Petersen on Monday.