The Washington football team watched its 2016 campaign come to an end on Saturday night, falling 24-7 to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in the College Football Playoff.
It was a disappointing end to an otherwise impressive season for the Huskies, but they seem to be taking the loss well; specifically quarterback Jake Browning.
Browning spoke to Adam Jude of The Seattle Times and showed great maturity by taking blame for the team’s loss.
The sophomore gave props to the stout Alabama defense, before sharing some of the lessons he learned from playing on the biggest stage of his career.
“I’ve just got to do my job going through my reads. If I start to worry about all that (protection), that’s not my job. That’s the O-lineman, and I thought they did a good job of that,” Browning said. “I thought I walked into some sacks and I’ve got to be better with the ball and sit in there longer.
“That’s the best defense we’ve gone against, and I’m anxious to see how it looked on film and how we stacked up. Obviously, it hurts right now.”
While 2016 did not end as the Huskies would have liked, Browning and the other Washington underclassmen seemed poised to continue contending in the Pac-12 for the foreseeable future.
“To come into the program the way they did,” Browning said. “Not far removed from a winless season (2008) and to leave it how it is now, they really set the stage for some of the younger guys and myself to really take this program to the next level.”
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