Under first-year Head Coach Kalen DeBoer, UW Football caps off a phenomenal 11-2 season with an Alamo Bowl win.
It was a season marked by grit and guts. An explosive beginning — featuring an electric win over Michigan State — suddenly dampened by adversity at UCLA and ASU.
It was a season built by a team who stayed the course, who learned and adapted when things got hard. A season highlighted by down-to-the-wire wins against Oregon and Oregon State, a resounding Apple Cup victory and a brilliant “W” against Texas at the Alamo Bowl.
“I’m so proud of our team,” says Junior wide-receiver, Rome Odunze. “We came together to show the nation who Husky Football is — our standard of excellence and hard work.”
The resiliency and passion displayed this season is a testament to the culture Football Head Coach Kalen DeBoer has created in just a short amount of time.
“We’re building a family,” explains Kalen. “There’s a brotherhood that exists within our department and the UW, and an accountability and toughness that exists within our team that is continuing to grow. The journey is what people always remember. Not just the wins and the losses but the relationships we’re building.”
DeBoer, who was named 2022 Pac-12 Co-Coach of the Year, is most proud of how the staff and players came together to overcome adversity.
“It’s an incredible honor, but it’s a team award in my mind,” he says. “The staff who continue to push the vision and the players who give it their all every day; it’s about them as much as it’s about me.”
Washington finished eighth in the College Football Rankings, with a record of 11-2. This incredible feat — 11 wins in one season — has only been accomplished five other times in program history.
This standout season was made possible by the support of our donors, alumni and fans.
“We couldn’t have done this without the support of Husky Nation,” explains Rome. “There’s nothing like playing in a packed stadium with thousands of fans all cheering you on. It really makes a difference when we’re on that field.”
“You give us the resources we need and go the extra mile to provide what makes our programs even more special,” explains Kalen. “Thank you for making Husky Athletics what it is and supporting us from every direction, every step of the way.”
“I made so many memories with my teammates and coaches,” says Rome. “I am so excited for next season and can’t wait for what’s to come!”
What a fantastic start to a new chapter of Husky Football!