While you were on vacation ... Washington

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

The ninth of 10 quick updates on offseason Pac-10 goings on.

Washington in a sentence

  • While the Huskies hit an all-time low as a program by going winless in 2008, there's an abundance of hope for a dramatic improvement under new coach Steve Sarkisian with 18 starters returning as well as quarterback Jake Locker, who was lost to injury four games into last season, and linebacker E.J. Savannah, who was suspended by former coach Tyrone Willingham.

The big issue

  • When a team finishes 0-12, everything is an issue, but a good start would be shoring up a defense that ranked 110th in the nation last year, yielding 452 yards per game. Ten starters are back on that side of the ball -- not including Savannah --- but will that prove to be a good thing?

Quick hit news

  • Tailbacks Brandon Johnson and David Freeman and linebacker Bradly Roussel left the program.

  • All 13 of the Huskies' freshmen are already on campus. The Seattle Times reported that, of the six JC transfers in the incoming class, only one, tight end Dorson Boyce is presently with the team. Another, defensive lineman Johnny Tivao of Cerritos College, is not expected to make it. The other four are trying to complete their work to become academically eligible.

  • Sarkisian has gotten off to a fast start with his second recruiting class. The Huskies already have 13 commitments and most services rank the present haul among the nation's top 25.