Seattle Sportscaster Mike Ferreri Breaks Down the Washington Huskies [Audio]
Less than two weeks remain until Alabama and Washington take the field inside the Georgia Dome.
Both teams started Peach Bowl preparations late last week. Alabama opened practice Friday while Washington started their series of bowl practices Saturday.
Veteran sportscaster for KOMO-TV in Seattle Mike Ferreri appeared on The Gary Harris Show to offer his analysis on the Washington Huskies.
The Huskies come into the Peach Bowl as Pac 12 champions along with a 12-1 record. Their only loss came to USC on November 12. Ferreri summarized the team’s mindset after the loss.
“I think they obviously were concerned because there was still plenty of football left to be played. I don’t think they were taking any of the conference or what was left for granted.” Ferreri said.
The veteran Seattle sportscaster detailed some factors leading to Washington’s loss to USC including USC’s improvement since the beginning of the season and Washington’s inability to handle the hype surrounding the game.
While the fourth ranked Huskies opened as a two touchdown underdog to the top ranked Crimson Tide, Ferreri believes that Alabama carries the most amount of pressure into the game.
“The pressure is on Alabama to win this game obviously. Those guys (Washington) have nothing to lose. Nobody thinks they’re going to win, so go in there and just have fun, experience the moment and let it fly. What do they have to lose?” Ferreri stated.
One of Washington’s keys in the Peach Bowl will be the play of quarterback Jake Browning. The sophomore signal caller tossed 42 touchdowns during the season, but Ferreri noticed a warning sign about Browning’s arm at season’s end.
“I think he had a little bit of a dead arm, to tell you the truth, by the time the end of the season came around.” Ferreri said.
He mentioned the rest period since the Pac 12 Championship Game as something that would benefit Washington’s quarterback tremendously.
“I think the rest is really going to benefit his arm. I think he’ll be sharper because they just shut him down after practice for a while, just to get through exams, watch a lot of film, rejuvenate that arm, have some therapy and go forth from there.” Ferreri said.
The KOMO-TV sports director later took a look at the matchup along the line of scrimmage, the progress of the Washington football program under Chris Petersen and his thoughts on newly named Alabama offensive coordinator and former Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian.
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