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  • Next up, Kalen DeBoer.Asthe University of Washington's 30th football coach, it's time for the new leader to take his team out for a test drive against Kent State on Saturday night at Husky Stadium and see what he's got.Fans are eager to get a glimpse of a much-advertised, high-powered offense that should be fun to watch and a vast improvement over the Lake/Donovan pro-style attack that never functioned properly for long.While new to the Power 5 football level, DeBoer brings a reputation for succe s wherever he's been, including Fresno State, which finished 10-3 and won a bowl game last season.The coach's approach to his first outing in Montlake that begins with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff is fairly simple and straightforward."Honestly, the No. 1 thing is just find a way to win," DeBoer said. "This is the most important thing, is to find a way."Counting transfers who came in and holdover players who have moved up, DeBoer and his staff will field a team with new <a href="">Dale Hawerchuk Jersey</a> starters in 13 of the 22 positions. He has a group picked for the middle of the pack of the Pac-12 Conference. He should have a much better lineup than the one that stumbled to a dismal 4-8 showing that helped force a coaching change and bring this guy to Seattle. An 8- or 9-win season is not out of the question.Of all the UW coaches who have come before him, 19 of them won their debut games, eight lost theirs and two guys settled for ties. Just four of the past dozen coaches have emerged with an opening win.It doesn't matter who it's against, this first outing typically is never easy. Don James lost by more than three touchdowns his initial time out. Chris Petersen won by a point over a far le ser opponent. Jim Owens was left with a tie.A matchup of the UW and Kent State presents a nostalgic pairing of the two schools where James, who died in 2013 at 79, was employed as a college head coach. No doubt he'll be remembered somehow during the course of the evening. His statue remains a cla sy hood ornament outside Husky Stadium.History says the Huskies should fare well against a Mid-American Conference team after winning big in each of their three previous outings against league members: Miami of Ohio in 1984 (53-7) <a href="">Winnipeg Jets Jersey</a> , Bowling Green in 1986 (48-0) and Toledo in 1991 (48-0). Kent State, however was a bowl team a year ago."Respect all, fear none," DeBoer said of his me sage to his team.On the coaching ladder, the UW has had its fair share of showman coaches such as Rick Neuheisel, Steve Sarkisian and Jimmy Lake, all guys who liked to have a camera lens in their face and enjoyed the Husky limelight, which is the not the case for the more laidback DeBoer.Darrell Royal, Owens, James and Petersen were far more conservative types, either winning with toughne s or an unfailing attention to detail, though Royal didn't stick around long before <a href="">Jansen Harkins Jersey</a> he became Texas' coaching giant. DeBoer leans more in that direction.If there's a prior Husky coach who DeBoer might resemble some it's the great Gil Dobie. That's not to mean that this new guy will go unbeaten at the UW, such as Dobie did (58-0-3) before World War I broke out, though DeBoer did compile a 67-3 record in his first head-coaching job at NAIA Sioux Falls .No, DeBoer and Dobie, more than a 100 years apart as Husky football leaders, share the same geographic roots. DeBoer is from South Dakota, born and raised. Dobie was brought up in neighboring Minnesota and came to the Huskies as a coach from the other Dakota, from a school now known as North Dakota State.DeBoer and his coaching staff, following a month of spring practice and another month of fall camp, are ready to see how these players respond after being asked to get into better shape and be disciplined in practice."I think it's time to play a game to see where we're at," he said, "so we can keep taking those steps."HUSKY COACHING DEBUTS1892, W.B. Goodwin After the UW team was coach-le s for two seasons, Goodwin took over as the school's first official sideline leader and got off to a rough start, losing to Seattle Athletic Club 28-0 at home. (W)1894, C. Cobb Coaching for just one season, Cobb opened against Port Townsend Athletic Club in Seattle and the teams battled to a <a href="">Ondrej Pavelec Jersey</a> 14-14 standoff. (T)1895, Ralph Nichols After playing guard for the UW the previous three seasons, Nichols took over as coach and beat Seattle Athletic Club 12-0 at home in his first game. (W)1897, Carl "Clem" Clemans A former Stanford team captain, Clemans won his first game as the UW coach, 10-0 over Seattle YMCA at home. (W)1899, A.S. Jeffs Spending one season with the UW as the century came to a close, Jeffs directed his team to a 16-0 home victory over Port Townsend High School. (W)1900, J.S. Dodge A former Indiana team captain, he coached the UW for a season and captured his debut game, 5-0 over Seattle High School at home. (W)1901, Charles "Jack" Wright A one-time Columbia player, Wright coached the UW for a lone season and became the first to lose his debut, dropping a 10-0 decision to Whitman at home. (L)1902, James Knight A former Princeton and Michigan player, he was a busy man at the UW, coaching football, rowing <a href="">Blake Wheeler Jersey</a> and track. He topped an All-Seattle team 12-0 at home in his grid debut. (W)Scroll to Continue1905, Oliver Cutts He came from Purdue to coach the UW for a season and he was victorious in his debut outing, blanking a USS Chicago team 11-0 at home. (W)1906, Victor Place A former Dartmouth tackle and team captain, Place beat a USS Philadelphia team 5-0 at home in his first Husky outing, stayed two seasons and became the Notre Dame coach. (W)1908, Gil Dobie Of course, Dobie won his opener at home, beating nearby Lincoln High School 22-0. He never lost at the UW, going 58-0-3. He came to the school from what is now North Dakota State. (W)1917, Claude Hunt A former DePauw player, same as current receivers coach JaMarcus Shephard, Hunt opened with a 14-6 victory over Whitman in Seattle as the U.S. was drawn into World War I. (W)1918, Tony Savage With Hunt now fighting overseas, Savage, a coach from Lincoln High, filled in for a two-game season and won his debut, beating Oregon State 6-0 at home. (W)1920, Leonard "Stub" Allison Coaching the final UW team known as the Sun Dodgers, Allison won his debut 33-14 over Whitman, seven weeks before Husky Stadium opened. (W)1921, Enoch Bagshaw A former UW back, Bagshaw went from Everett High to

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