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1978 Washington Huskies football
ConferencePacific-10
1978 record7–4 (6–2 Pac-10)
Head coachDon James (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorDick Scesniak (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorJim Lambright (1st season)
MVPMichael Jackson (LB)
CaptainMichael Jackson (LB)
CaptainNesby Glasgow (DB)
CaptainJeff Toews (OL)
CaptainScott Greenwood (TE)
Home stadiumHusky Stadium
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 USC 6 1 0     12 1 0
#14 UCLA 6 2 0     8 3 1
Washington 6 2 0     7 4 0
Arizona State 4 3 0     9 3 0
#17 Stanford 4 3 0     8 4 0
California 3 4 0     6 5 0
Arizona 3 4 0     5 6 0
Oregon 2 5 0     2 9 0
Oregon State 2 6 0     3 7 1
Washington State 1 7 0     3 7 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Washington Huskies football team was an American football team that represented the University of Washington during the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. In its fourth season under head coach Don James, the team compiled a 7–4 record, finished in a tie for second place in the Pacific-10 Conference, and outscored its opponents by a combined total of 270 to 155.[1] Linebacker Michael Jackson was selected as the team's most valuable player. The team captains were Jackson, Nesby Glasgow, Scott Greenwood, and Jeff Toews.

In the newly-expanded Pac-10, the Huskies defeated the two new members, Arizona and Arizona State, and did not play California. The two losses were to UCLA and USC, and the Huskies defeated Washington State in the Apple Cup for the fifth consecutive year.[2][3][4]

An unexpected non-conference loss at unranked Indiana in September likely kept Washington out of a bowl game.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 9No. 12 UCLANo. 11L 7–1055,780
September 16Kansas*No. 18
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
W 31–249,624
September 23at Indiana*No. 15L 7–1440,244
September 30at Oregon StateW 34–030,000
October 7No. 8 Alabama*
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
L 17–2060,975
October 14at No. 18 StanfordW 34–3158,079
October 21Oregon
W 20–1449,602
October 28Arizona State
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
W 41–754,866
November 4ArizonaNo. 20
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
W 31–2147,587
November 11at No. 5 USCNo. 19L 10–2854,071
November 25vs. Washington StateW 38–835,187
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll

RosterEdit

1978 Washington Huskies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 7 Porras, TomTom Porras Jr
QB 12 Flick, TomTom Flick So
RB 20 Stevens, KyleKyle Stevens So
FL 22 Richardson, KeithKeith Richardson Fr
RB 24 Steele, JoeJoe Steele Jr
FB 42 Gipson, RonRon Gipson Jr
RB 45 Tyler, ToussaintToussaint Tyler So
C 56 Turnure, TomTom Turnure Jr
G 62 Foreman, PhilPhil Foreman Jr
T 63 Toews, JeffJeff Toews (C) Sr
G 68 Chavira, DanDan Chavira Jr
T 70 Westlund, RogerRoger Westlund Sr
T 78 Marsh, CurtCurt Marsh So
T 79 Van Divier, RandyRandy Van Divier So
TE 80 Moraga, RandyRandy Moraga
TE 86 Greenwood, ScottScott Greenwood (C) Sr
WR 93 Gaines, SpiderSpider Gaines Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 5 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson (C) Sr
CB 19 Lee, MarkMark Lee Jr
CB 23 Glasgow, NesbyNesby Glasgow (C) Sr
LB 34 Kerley, JohnJohn Kerley Sr
SS 46 Grimes, GregGreg Grimes Jr
LB 48 Richardson, AntowaineAntowaine Richardson Jr
LB 55 Harrell, BruceBruce Harrell Jr
NG 58 Mays, StaffordStafford Mays Jr
DT 61 Linnin, ChrisChris Linnin Jr
DT 65 Browning, DaveDave Browning Sr
DE 73 Martin, DougDoug Martin Jr
FS 96 Heinrich, KyleKyle Heinrich Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 1 Lansford, MikeMike Lansford Jr
KR 20 Stevens, KyleKyle Stevens So
PR 23 Glasgow, NesbyNesby Glasgow Sr
KR 24 Steele, JoeJoe Steele Jr
P 27 Wilson, AaronAaron Wilson Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt
Source:[6][7]

NFL DraftEdit

Six Huskies were selected in the 1979 NFL Draft, which lasted twelve rounds (330 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Jeff Toews Tackles 2nd 53 Miami Dolphins
Michael Jackson Linebacker 3rd 57 Seattle Seahawks
Spider Gaines Wide receiver 6th 140 Kansas City Chiefs
Roger Westlund Tackle 7th 186 Atlanta Falcons
Nesby Glasgow Defensive back 8th 207 Baltimore Colts
Gene Sanders Defensive back 8th 217 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Washington Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/w/washington/1975-1979_yearly_results.php. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  2. Missildine, Harry (November 26, 1978). "Steele: Shades of McElhenny". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=oUpOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=De4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=4999%2C5022508.
  3. Drosendahl, Glenn (November 26, 1978). "Joe Steeles Jack's show - UW romps". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9cteAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nzIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4177%2C10013200.
  4. Van Sickel, Charlie (November 27, 1978). "Huskies blitz Cougars in one-sided debacle". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 21. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=G7MSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=EvkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6730%2C2976956.
  5. "Hoosiers ambush UW 14-7". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. F1. September 24, 1978. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=uPZLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7-0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6860%2C4189862.
  6. Missildine, Harry (November 25, 1978). "Stakes are sufficient". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 21. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=oEpOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=De4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6457%2C4327983.
  7. Killen, John (November 25, 1978). "Cougs vs. Huskies". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9MteAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nzIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5441%2C9785143.
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