Washington Huskies Football 2011: What We Learned in Week 2

Brandon Stewart@itsBStewContributor IISeptember 15, 2011

Keith Price threw for a career high 315 yards and 4 touchdowns against Hawaii on September 10, 2011
Keith Price threw for a career high 315 yards and 4 touchdowns against Hawaii on September 10, 2011

If it wasn't for a 99-yard interception return, quarterback Keith Price would be perfect.

After this weekend's performance against the Hawaii Warriors, Price has etched his name alongside some of the top quarterbacks in the nation. Now I know it is only Week 2 of the season, however Price has put up pretty impressive stats for a redshirt sophomore. So far this season, he has seven touchdown passes while completing 70 percent of his passes.

Price was not the only Dawg to shine on Saturday.

Senior wide receiver Jermaine Kearse hauled in two receptions for touchdowns. Alongside him, senior wide receiver Devin Aguilar had arguably the best game of his career, notching 131 yards on five receptions and one touchdown.

And Washington finally saw what is soon to be a bright future for its freshman tight end. Austin Seferian-Jenkins started the game off quick, with two receptions that amassed 77 yards and set up Washington for its first touchdown of the game. Later in the fourth quarter, Seferian-Jenkins got another chance as he hauled in his first career touchdown.

On the defensive side, we finally saw a little push from the defensive line. Notably from senior defensive tackle Everrette Thompson, who blocked a pair of extra points and got himself three tackles and a sack.

Now on to the bad news.

The linebackers, aside from Cort Dennison, are surely playing like the freshmen they are. They will need to get progressively better as the season goes on or we are sure to be giving up big plays come Pac-12 play. From missing tackles to blown coverages, they need to be better.

The secondary is in good shape, but can get better in a lot of ways. This week's game against Nebraska will give the secondary a bit of a break after going through two pass-happy opponents.

This week's game is shaping up to be a good one. Most fans know that Washington vs. Nebraska games never disappoint. Dating back to 1991, when the Huskies led a triumphant comeback on their way to a share of the National title, to 1997 when Nebraska came in to Seattle and beat the No. 2 Huskies on their way to a share of the National title.

In order for Washington to come out victorious in this game, it is going to be up to running back Chris Polk and the defensive line. Polk should be able to rack up his usual 100 yards, however he needs to keep drives going and get in the end zone.

The defensive line starts and ends with senior Alameda Ta'amu. We saw what he is capable of doing against this team in the Holiday Bowl last year, however he will need to come in to this game with an extensive amount of willpower so he can cause a ruckus in the Huskers backfield.

If the Huskies want a shot at winning, they will need to contain Taylor Martinez and make him throw the ball. If they do that, I see the Huskies winning and starting the season 3-0 for the first time since 2001.