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Washington hands keys to offense over to John Donovan

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Officially, there will be no Kellen Moore directing the Washington Huskies football offense.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the former Boise State quarterback was deciding between the job at UW and remaining with the Dallas Cowboys.  Amidst reports that Moore had decided to stay in the NFL, the Huskies announced Friday morning that Jimmy Lake has named John Donovan as his offensive coordinator.  Donovan will also coach the Huskies’ quarterbacks.

Donovan comes to Seattle from the NFL, having spent the past four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Coach Donovan has a great deal of experience at both the college and NFL levels, learning from a lot of great offensive minds about coaching the kind of aggressive, pro-style offense we want to play here at Washington,” the new Washington Huskies football head coach said in a statement. “From my own experience, I know how much a coach can learn and grow by spending significant time in the NFL. I’m excited for him to get to Seattle and get started.”

During his time with the Jaguars, Donovan worked with running backs (2019), quarterbacks (2017-18) and wide receivers (2016).

Donovan’s collegiate stops include Penn State (2014-15), Vanderbilt (2011-13) and Maryland (2001-10).

“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such a great university, with unbelievable football tradition, like the University of Washington,” Donovan said. “Thanks to Coach Lake and everyone involved for this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to getting started. Go Dawgs!”

This past season, the Huskies were fifth in the Pac-12 and 41st nationally in scoring offense at 32 points per game.  Their 391.2 yards of total offense per game was seventh in the conference and 79th in the country.

The day after Christmas, starting quarterback Jacob Eason announced he would be leaving UW early for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Oklahoma new home for UCLA transfer WR Theo Howard

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In between signing days, the Oklahoma Sooners football program has seen its wide receiving corps receive a boost in talent.  And experience.

Wednesday night, Theo Howard indicated on social media that he will be transferring to Oklahoma and continuing his playing career with the Sooners football team.  The announcement comes nearly three months after the receiver decided to transfer from UCLA.

Prior to the OU announcement, Howard had also considered Arizona, Baylor, Oregon State, TCU and Washington.

Howard graduated from UCLA in December, giving him immediate eligibility for the Oklahoma Sooners football program this coming season.

In 2018, Howard earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors after catching 51 passes for 677 yards and four touchdowns. Because of a pair of hand injuries that sidelined him for a sizable chunk of 2019, Moore didn’t record a catch this past season for the Bruins.  Because he played in fewer than four games, he was able to use a redshirt for the 2019 season.

During his time at UCLA, Howard totaled 1,359 yards and nine touchdowns on 119 receptions. In a loss to OU in September of 2018, Howard caught two passes for 53 yards.  He didn’t record a catch in the Bruins’ loss to the Sooners this past September.

Kellen Moore could be deciding between OC jobs at University of Washington, Dallas Cowboys

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It appears Kellen Moore, currently still under contract with the Dallas Cowboys, will have quite the decision to make in the coming days.

The past two seasons, Kellen Moore has been an assistant on Jason Garrett‘s staff with the Dallas Cowboys.  The first he was quarterbacks coach; the second, he added the role of offensive coordinator.  Garrett, though, was fired, unofficially replaced by Mike McCarthy Monday.

The conundrum, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com: McCarthey would like Moore to stay on as his coordinator.  Moore, though, has the opportunity to head back home and take over as the coordinator at the University of Washington.

Moore went to high school in the state of Washington.  He went on, of course, to star at Boise State.  The Cowboys job was his first at any level of football

Dec. 12, Chris Petersen, Moore’s old college coach, announced that he would be stepping down from his UW post at season’s end.  Petersen’s defensive coordinator, Jimmy Lake, was elevated to head coach and given a five-year contract.

One day after a Las Vegas Bowl that sent Petersen out a winner, Lake announced that offensive coordinator Bush Hamdan had been let go.  Hamdan also served as quarterbacks coach.

This past season, the Huskies were fifth in the Pac-12 and 41st nationally in scoring offense at 32 points per game.  Their 391.2 yards of total offense per game was seventh in the conference and 79th in the country.

The day after Christmas, starting quarterback Jacob Eason announced he would be leaving UW early for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Washington losing RB Salvon Ahmed to the NFL draft

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Washington is the latest to suffer an early loss, with Salvon Ahmed the most recent to announce just what his football future will be.

In a press release, Washington confirmed that Salvon Ahmed will forego his remaining eligibility and enter his name into the 2020 NFL Draft.  A true junior, Ahmed had one year of eligibility plus a redshirt available.

“I want to thank Salvon for all of the hard work he has put in, both on and off the field,” new head coach Jimmy Lake said in a statement. “He was a great example of what Husky Football is all about, and I’m sure that he’ll have plenty of success in the future.”

At the same time UW sent out its press release, Ahmed was confirming the move on his Twitter account.  The running back stated that he made the decision “after long hard talks with my family, coaches and close friends.”

After rushing for 996 yards and 10 touchdowns his first two seasons combined, Ahmed led the Huskies with 1,020 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season.  He’s also a threat out of the backfield as, for his career, he’s totaled 331 yards 50 receptions.

Ahmed’s announcement came two weeks after Washington closed out Chris Petersen‘s tenure at UW with a Las Vegas Bowl win.  Early last month, Petersen announced that he would be stepping down as head coach.  Lake, the Huskies’ defensive coordinator, was promoted as Petersen’s replacement.

Washington confirms QB Jacob Eason will enter 2020 NFL Draft

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Washington has officially lost its starter under center, Jacob Eason, to a draft.

Early Thursday afternoon, UW confirmed that Eason has decided to forego his remaining eligibility and make himself available for the 2020 NFL Draft.  Eason spent the past two seasons with the Huskies, sitting out 2018 because of NCAA transfer rules.

A native of the state, Eason played his high school football at Lake Stevens, about a 40-mile drive from Seattle.

“I want to thank everyone at the UW – my teammates, the coaching staff and the fans – for making these last two years so memorable,” Eason said in a statement. “I’m very happy that I was able to come home and play for the Dawgs, and will always be grateful.”

Eason was a five-star member of Georgia’s 2016 recruiting class, rated as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country; the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Washington; and the No. 5 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.  As a true freshman, Eason started the final 12 games of the 2016 season after playing well in the opener in place of Greyson Lambert.

A knee injury in the 2017 opener opened the door for Jake Fromm‘s ascension and, ultimately, Eason’s exit.

This past season, Eason started every game for the Huskies.  He completed just over 64 percent of his passes for 3,132 yards and 23 touchdowns. In his last game, a win over Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl, he threw for 210 yards and a touchdown.

“We wish Jacob nothing but the best,” said new head coach Jimmy Lake. “He was a terrific teammate who worked very hard in his two years as a Husky. I’m looking forward to watching him succeed at the next level.”