Washington football coach Mike Leach said Thursday that the team is still in the early stages of the rehabilitation process following a devastating injury to quarterback Kirk Cousins, but the team will have to continue to work on its fundamentals to get back on track.
Speaking on a conference call with reporters ahead of the Huskies’ home game against the Maryland Terrapins, Leach told reporters that the program has not yet fully recovered from Cousins’ surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL.
But Leach stressed that the Husky program will get back to work, and said that it is not at risk of returning to bowl eligibility until at least the end of the year.
The Huskies will face the Terrapims on Saturday, Sept. 10, and Leach is optimistic about his team’s chances of beating the Terps, who have lost three straight.
“They have a lot of work to do to get ready for the game,” Leach continued.
“They have to get their feet under them and their minds right.
And they have to go out there and play well.”
The Husky offense has not been a factor on the field in the last two weeks, but that trend could change if Cousins continues to work with his conditioning.
Leach, who has been in charge since 2013, has called for the Huskers to run the ball more and to have better protection for their quarterbacks.
But he also stressed that Washington will continue to be a “hard-nosed” team, and the Huskie defense will continue its run to stay on top of Maryland’s passing attack.
The first half of the season is the first time the Husker offense has scored 100 points in a season since 2009, when the team went 8-2.
Washington will play three straight road games on its own turf, the first of which against the Northwestern Wildcats.
The Huskies also face Western Kentucky and Georgia Southern on the road.