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Washington Huskies vs Stanford cardinal 09/30/2016

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Washington Huskies vs Stanford cardinal 09/30/2016

Washington Huskies vs Stanford Cardinal

Friday, September 30, 2016

Husky Stadium/Seattle, WA

Score:  Washington (44), Stanford(6)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Washington Offense

John Ross, WR, Junior:  Ross is an electric, dynamic football player that is an explosive athlete. He displayed quick feet and exceptional upfield burst into his routes with tremendous speed in and out of his breaks. His athleticism allows him to separate and create yards after the catch. Ross made good route adjustments and demonstrated soft, secure hands to naturally catch the football away from his body. His ability to separate lead to 2 pass interference called and a lot of attention from the Cardinal defense. As his traits suggest, he is a good returner. Stock:  Up

Washington Defense

Joe Mathis, EP, Senior:  Mathis showed good pass rushing skills where his ability to convert speed to power was evident. On one rep her bull rushed the RT and completely knocked him on his back to force to QB to flush the pocket. He does a good job operating with leverage, working half a man with the ability to flatten and turn the corner. He has good play strength which allows him to physically set the edge a squeeze gaps and has the hand technique to get off blocks. Stock:  Up

Elijah Qualls, DT, Junior:  Qualls is a fire hydrant against the run who is stout, eats up space and takes on blockers to keep his backers free. Qualls works his hand technique and has the ability to defend two gaps. Qualls has surprising lateral movement skills which allows him to work down the LOS and pursue the football. Qualls maintains his run fits and is a quality plug prospect. Stock:  Same

Azeem Victor, LB, Junior:  Victor is an active player with good play speed and flows aggressively to the football. Victor is a sound, 3-down player that has good coverage skills and is a secure tackler. Victor processed and reacted to plays a bit slow but the cutback running ability of Christian McCaffrey may have impacted that.  Stock:  Same

Sidney Jones, CB, Junior:  Jones is a physical corner that is willing to mix it up with blockers, assertively tackle and jam receivers at the LOS to disrupt timing. A fluid athlete, Jones transitions well and has good man coverage skills to lockdown his opponent. Jones showed his ability to break on the football and is excellent utilizing trail technique. Jones has tremendous upside at the next level.  Stock:  Up

Budda Baker, S, Junior:  Baker played a physical football game and was tremendous in run support by reacting to what he sees and aggressively getting to the football. Baker is an excellent tackler that grabs cloth, wraps up and runs his feet. Baker had several reps where he demonstrated terrific click and close ability to keep receptions to minimal gains and even jarred a ball loose by driving off his back foot with a perfectly timed, clean hit. Baker did allow a TD reception but his coverage was outstanding; the Stanford receiver was 6’5’’ and Baker could not defend his catch radius. Stock:  Same, slightly up

Stanford Offense

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Junior:  McCaffrey is dynamic with the ball in his hands. He has tremendous vision and ability to cutback and find space. McCaffrey is able to find small creases and find daylight with consistency. He runs with good physicality and is extremely quick. McCaffrey has significant upside as a runner, receiver and returner. Washington bottled him up for the most part but his traits were still apparent.  Stock:  Same

Johnny Caspers, G, Senior:  Caspers had a poor performance. He showed poor footwork and was unable to slide his feet and shutdown gaps as a pass blocker, allowing frequent pressure. His upper body and lower body are not in unison which mitigates his ability to generate space in the run game. Caspers folds at the waste and frequently lunges to create contact. I did not see anything to get excited about in this performance from Caspers. Stock:  Down

Stanford Defense

Solomon Thomas, DL, Junior:  Thomas has upside as a two-gapping defensive lineman. He plays with good pad level and works his hand technique to maintain his run fits. He has good play strength and apparent power in his upper and lower body. Against Washington, Thomas was clearly Stanford’s best defensive player. Stock:  Same

Other Players that Flashed

Kevin King, CB, Washington, Senior:  King has tremendous length for a corner which he utilized to his advantage. He has good play speed and showed good physicality on several reps.

Psalm Wooching, LB, Washington, Senior:  Wooching had an active game and aggressively pursued the football. He executed stunts to perfection and lived in the backfield as he racked up 3 sacks.

Zach Hoffpauir, S, Stanford, Senior:  Hoffpauir was active in the game and made an impressive stop in a goal line situation. He flows well to the football and plays physically and aggressive.

Best Players on the Field

John Ross, WR, Washington

Joe Mathis, EP, Washington

Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

Budda Baker, S, Washington

Forgettable Performances

Johnny Caspers, G, Stanford

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Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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