Washington Football: Report Card Grades for the Huskies' Second Game
The Huskies improved to 2-0 with a 40-32 victory over the visiting Hawaii Warriors.
A comforting image for Husky fans after the nerve-wracking win over EWU.
While it wasn’t easy, that gives UW a six-game winning streak dating back to last year.
Overall, the Dawgs get a B in my book, but let's break it down and look at the individual units.
Keith Price threw for a career-high 315 yards and four touchdowns in an almost spotless performance.
The only downgrade comes from a pick-six he threw late in the first half.
Running Backs: B+
Stud RB Chris Polk topped the century mark again, rushing for 107 yards.
While he may not be 100 percent yet, he still is a premier runner.
The Husky receivers stepped up their game, running crisp routes and doing a much better job holding onto passes.
They "receive" a B+.
The O-line did a nice job protecting QB Keith Price and opening holes for Polk to run through.
That’s a good sign heading into Nebraska this Saturday.
A mixed bag here.
While they did a good job of playing assignment football, the defensive line did not put much pressure on Hawaii’s QB Bryant Moniz.
The linebackers had to play in space against Hawaii and held up relatively well.
They did not allow Moniz to hurt them by scrambling, and LB Cort Dennison caused a fumble that was recovered by the Huskies.
This is all you need to know—the Huskies statistically have the worst pass defense in the country.
A lone bright spot has been Desmond Trufant.
The pass defense should catch a break when they play run-dominant Nebraska.
Special Teams: B
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
K Erik Folk was once again perfect, but Punter Kiel Rasp had a punt blocked by his own player’s backside.
Coverage unit did well.
A good defensive game plan for containing QB Bryant Moniz, was offset by atrocious third-down defensive stops.
Defensive coordinator Nick Holt get his message through to the secondary, or Pac-12 QBs will have a field day.
Overall, the Huskies have to be pleased.
The offense, led by QB Keith Price, looks to be potent.
If the defense can play with more confidence, the Dawgs could be looking at a promising year.
The players’ confidence level is understandably high.