Petersen on Tedford: “We believe in the same thing fundamentally and philosophically on offense. That’s why it was a nice fit to have him here.”
Washington coach Chris Petersen was thrilled for his old friend when Jeff Tedford left UW last November to become the new head coach at Fresno State.
At the time, though, Petersen was blissfully unaware of just how soon Tedford would be back at Husky Stadium.
“I didn’t even know we were playing those guys until he got the job and everybody said, ‘Take his (UW) playbook,’” Petersen said Monday. “I was chuckling until someone told me we actually played ’em and I’m like, ‘Yeah, you’d better get his playbook.’ But by then it was probably too late.”
It will be a convivial matchup, then, when the No. 6 Huskies host Fresno State at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Husky Stadium. Yes, Tedford will be awfully familiar with Washington and its personnel after spending most of the 2016 season as an offensive consultant for the Huskies.
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But the reverse will be true too: Petersen said Fresno State’s offense looks a lot like the Huskies’ offense, so there shouldn’t be many surprises for the UW defense come Saturday. (UW linebackers coach Bob Gregory is also quite close with Tedford, having spent nearly a decade as Tedford’s defensive coordinator at Cal in the 2000s).
The Huskies are an early 33.5-point betting favorite over Fresno State, which opened the season with a 66-0 win over Incarnate Word, an FCS program, before losing at No. 1 Alabama, 41-10, on Saturday.
Last November, Petersen said he was grateful for Tedford’s role on the coaching staff, calling him “a special guy.” Per NCAA rules, as a consultant Tedford was not allowed to coach UW players, but he did work closely with the offensive staff on game-planning and such.
“You watch their offense (at Fresno State), it’s very, very similar. A lot of things look a lot alike,” Petersen said. “We believe in the same thing fundamentally and philosophically on offense. That’s why it was a nice fit to have him here.”
When he left UW, Tedford also brought Kirby Moore with him. The younger brother of former Boise State QB Kellen Moore, Kirby Moore is a Prosser, Wash., native who starred as a wide receiver at Boise and then spent the past two seasons as a…