#8 Washington Huskies v Rutgers Scarlet Knights
High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey
Score: Washington (30), Rutgers (14)
Notable Prospects Entering the Contest
Jake Browning, QB (Junior): Showed tremendous toughness to bounce back from a kill shot to end second drive. Drives a deep post pattern to Pettis for beautiful long gain after a few easy completions on following drive. Getting greedy off of turnover, held ball to climb ladder but mis-diagnosed zone coverage. Looking shell-shocked in the 2nd Quarter; holding the ball too long. Has good mobility to extend plays but has continued to stare down targets both on the move and from the pocket. Faded off of back foot on an open crosser, appearing uncomfortable standing in the pocket to deliver throw; missing TD pass. Stock: Down
Myles Gaskin, RB (Junior): Ran hard but infrequently early on. Passes the eyeball test in terms of physicality and build but struggled to find extra crease on outside zone runs in 1st quarter. Disappeared in the 2nd Quarter, just 2 carries in 1st half. Great down field catch on wheel route for a big gain; contested by a defender at the reception. Big chunk gain with quick feet and great balance on a contorted base to stay upright. Presence felt down the stretch as a receiver; now hitting check down and shaking a defender in the open field (21 yard gain). Made a catch that would be good on Sundays in the end zone for a put away touchdown. Has been a huge presence in the 2nd half, tale of two halves. Gaskin showcased quick feet, good reads, balance and receiving skills as a whole. Stock: Up
Dante Pettis, WR (Junior): Creating separation easily on the boundary, especially on long routes. Has some subtle nudges and hand fighting to establish a crease. Smooth athlete in the return game; good cuts and loose lower half to swerve and pick around blocks. Tremendous effort on long punt to stick foot in the ground and explode through first line of defense on way to a PR touchdown. Showed good field vision to weave to sideline and finish long run back. Carries momentum through deep out route well. Playing through contact to uncover, again showcasing high point skill; which was a strength in 2016. Just missed a tremendous reception for a touchdown in the back of the end zone but again showcases hand eye coordination and length. Stock: Up
Coleman Shelton, C (Redshirt Senior): Uninspiring on first two possessions. Late getting feet around to try to cross face and has been pushed back at the point of attack on outside zone runs. Has found more success on immediate vicinity plays (inside zone) when not tasked with getting a great deal of width. Stock: Down
Vita Vea, DT (Junior): Had strong showing in opening defensive series; showing quick lateral quickness on an inside gap to crash and prevent a big play. Noted rotation on long drive with teammates. Impossible to uproot through the 1st quarter, impressive job staying square at the LOS when engaged with defenders. Continues with dominating presence on interior runs; pressing with good patience into mesh point. Scrapes all the way into the boundary to challenge a wide run; finishing tackle with a wrap. Backfield penetration continued on limited reps down the stretch: has good patience yet again working into the mesh point. Stock: Up
Keishawn Bierria, OBLB (Redshirt Senior): Forward playing style flashes on a 3rd and short; rolls back offensive lineman with an aggressive charge and stuff. Has been tasked with a lot of A-gap work and stepping down on pre-snap looks. Fast to flow. Has explosive down-hill step to close ground into single gap responsibility. First man down on kickoff coverage; brings down Grant. Has great range. Worked all the way out into the sideline on a quick throw to make tackle for minimal gain. Great length to stack center on A-gap pressure vs. Wildcat formation. Stock: Up
Azeem Victor, OBLB (Redshirt Senior): It was announced about a week before the contest that Victor would be suspended for the season opener against Rutgers for a “violation of team rules”. Suspensions are never a good thing, but Coach Chris Petersen was quick to say this was an honest mistake and that Victor is a “good guy”. Stock: Same
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Janarion Grant, WR (Redshirt Senior): Early touchdown reception (2nd of career) came courtesy of a clean release and good concentration to see ball as defender flashed across face. Did a nice job on second return to run up through traffic and secure fair catch to ensure strong field possession and avoid a bounce. Playing with little regard for body on special teams; failing to brace for contact on a big stick on kick return. Good quickness at the top of a dig route but ball thrown elsewhere for a late INT. Acceleration showcased on a smoke screen throw; turning up a 10+ yard gain. Has been excellent in return game, another long kick run back with wiggle and patience to start second half. Stock: Up
Kemoko Turay, DE (Redshirt Senior): Does not make an appearance in 1st Quarter but flashes good and bad once in the game. Poor awareness on crack block, conceding a big edge against the run. Next rep is an excellent perimeter pass rush, speed rush with shoulder dip to pressure Browning. Hard crash and speed to fly down from the back side on a run mid-way through 2nd Quarter. No call on 3rd and long but is held on another speed rush; would have cleaned Browning. Closing speed on stack and flushes Browning into the sideline to force a throw away. Great pursuit 10+ yards down the field to chase down Gaskin on a big run; nice job finding the football and playing off a Gaskin cut. Stock: Up
Other Players that Flashed
Rutgers’ Jerome Washington, TE (Junior): Looks the part of a fluid receiver. Was utilized on multiple occasions in the first half as a stick receiver; using frame to box out defenders and receive ball. Had a number of pancakes in the run game, when collapsing down on defensive ends. Was able to shine as a 3-step receiver, short/quick routes.
Washington’s Greg Gaines, DT (Junior): Physical. Very stout and effective utilizing hands to shed blockers and rally to the football. Explosive first punch to roll back blockers.
Rutgers’ Gus Edwards, RB (Redshirt Senior): Ran HARD. Has a surprising level of quickness in his feet to shimmy in the hole and has the size to drop the shoulder and punish a smaller tackler.
Best Players on the Field
Washington’s Byron Murphy, CB (Redshirt Freshman)
Rutgers’ Kemoko Turay, DE (Redshirt Senior)
Washington’s Dante Pettis, WR (Junior)
Washington’s Myles Gaskin, RB (Junior)
Washington’s Jake Browning, QB (Juni0r)