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State of the program: Washington Huskies

Spring practice is already in bloom in the Pac-12, so we’re taking a look at each program to see where things stand. Next up: Washington.

2015 record: 7-6 (4-5 in the Pac-12)

Three-year record: 24-16

Coaching situation: Heading into just his third season in Seattle, Washington coach Chris Petersen has certainly proven his worth. What Petersen did by transitioning in a lot of new faces into a new scheme and culture in 2014 was impressive. Even more impressive was the rebuilding of his defense heading into 2015 when no one thought it could be done. The players this staff invested in early will be the stars during this upcoming season and they continue to build depth.

Roster situation heading into 2016: Good. The experience that true freshmen Jake Browning, Myles Gaskin and Trey Adams gained in 2015 will be the bedrock of this offense. The Huskies will need players to step up in the pass game but with such a strong run game, defenses won’t necessarily be able to key in on that too much, opening up some opportunities through the air for Browning. Defensively, the secondary will be one of the best in the conference but the Huskies will need to replace a good amount in their front seven. Considering Washington kept pace following the 2014 season, it seems silly to question too much heading into 2016 on the defensive side of the ball.

Recruiting situation: Petersen’s first recruiting class, though only ranked No. 45 nationally, included several players who have become huge contributors for the Huskies -- Budda Baker, Darren Gardenhire, Sidney Jones, Greg Gaines and Dante Pettis. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that will a full recruiting cycle he was able to post top-30 classes and the more success the Huskies have in Seattle, the more you can expect those classes to climb in the rankings. He proved himself as a recruiter and someone who saw potential at Boise State and he’s doing the same at Washington -- of those 2014 signees, only Baker was ranked in the top 30 in his position group nationally.

Trajectory: Trending up. The Huskies should be in the mix for the Pac-12 North title this season. Expectations are high but Petersen has a history of exceeding expectations. If past be present in Seattle, this is a team that will continue to improve in both Pac-12 play and recruiting leading Huskies back to where they’d like to be on a national level.