Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Midseason report: Washington
By Ted Miller
Record: 3-3, 1-2
There has been good and bad for Washington while playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation during the season's first half.
The Huskies have played four teams ranked among the AP’s top-11 in their last four games. They went 1-3 in those games, getting whipped by LSU and Oregon, losing by 10 to USC and beating Stanford. The good news is the defense in its first year with coordinator Justin Wilcox is much better than 2011. The bad news is the offense is much worse.
And that second-half schedule doesn't look as manageable as it did in the preseason.
The Huskies have been hit hard by injuries on the offensive line, and QB Keith Price has been under constant pressure. But Price hasn't been the same guy as he was last fall. Coach Steve Sarkisian has said he's been pressing, but it's still shocking that he is 10th in the Pac-12 passing efficiency.
For the Huskies to turn things around, Price must regain his mojo.
The Huskies face a critical game at Arizona on Saturday. The Wildcats defense will be far more forgiving than LSU, Stanford, Oregon and USC. It would be a great time for Price to revert to form, which could foretell a season-half surge.
Offensive MVP, RB Bishop Sankey: The Huskies passing offense has been horrible, but Sankey has still been able to gain yards. He's sixth in the conference with 81 yards rushing per game with six touchdowns. He's averaged 4.7 yards per rush. No other Husky has over 150 yards rushing.
Defensive MVP, Desmond Trufant: Trufant has given the Huskies a shutdown presence on one side of their defense. He has 18 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, a sack, an interception and five pass defenses. He's also blocked a kick.