Jeff Tedford parlayed a short stint with Washington as an offensive consultant last season into another college job. The former California Golden Bears coach seeks to revamp a Fresno State team that was 1-11 in 2016.
First glance: No. 6 Washington Huskies vs. Fresno State.
When/Where: 6:30 p.m. PT Saturday at Husky Stadium.
TV/Radio: Pac-12 Networks/1000 AM, 97.7 FM.
Record/Last week: Fresno State (1-1) lost 41-10 at No. 1 Alabama.
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Last meeting: The Huskies won 21-16 in 2006. UW is 2-1 all-time vs. the Bulldogs.
Coach: Jeff Tedford, the 55-year-old former California coach who spent 11 years (2002-12) with the Golden Bears, took over this season at Fresno State. The Bulldogs were 1-11 in 2016 and this season they’re picked to finish sixth in the Mountain West’s West Division. Tedford spent last season with the Washington Huskies as an offensive consultant. During his time at Cal, Tedford was 6-5 versus UW.
Star players: Quarterback Chason Virgil (6-1, 192 pounds, So.) passed for 2,021 yards, 13 TDs and 10 INTs while completing 51.6 percent of his throws last season. He began the season with 246 passing yards in the opener, but struggled last Saturday at Alabama and finished with 180 yards on 21-of-34 passing. … WR KeeSean Johnson (6-2, 202, Jr.) leads the Bulldogs in receptions (15) and receiving yards (175). He finished with 66 catches for 773 yards and six touchdowns in 2016 and entered the season on the watch list for the 2017 Biletnikoff Award. .. QB Marcus McMaryion (6-2, 195, Jr.) played the past two seasons at Oregon State and transferred to Fresno State in August. He’s immediately eligible because he earned an undergraduate degree at OSU. McMaryion has attempted seven passes in both games and he has 139 yards and 2 TDs on 11 for 14 attempts. … LB Jeffrey Allison (6-0, 250, So.) led the Bulldogs with a career-high 14 tackles, including seven solos and a sack last Saturday. He’s first on the team with 19 tackles. … CB Juju Hughes (5-11, 180, So.) is second on the team in tackles with 11.
By the numbers:
$2.4 million: The reported payout Fresno State received from Alabama ($1.4M) and Washington ($1M).
497: Alabama yards, including 305 rushing against Fresno State last Saturday.
66: Points scored by Fresno State during a shutout win over FCS opponent Incarnate World in the opener two weeks ago.