Washington Preview

Saturday's contest at the University of Washington marks the first trip to Seattle in seven years for Arizona State. A completely different set of faces were along the Sun Devil sidelines in the 28-7 win in 1999. ASU skipper Dirk Koetter is looking to have similar success this time around in what is an important game, in terms of inching closer to bowl eligibility, for both schools.

Second year Husky coach Tyrone Willingham has recaptured some of the toughness and passion displayed by the old Washington teams and has his squad in search of their first bowl game since 2002.

2006 Record: 4-4, 1-3 Pac-10
Head Coach: Tyrone Willingham

Last Week: The Huskies fell short in overtime, 31-24, at Cal after an exciting 88-yard game tying drive at the end of regulation.

*Projected Starters

WR Anthony Russo, Jr.
LT Ben Ossai, RS-Fr.
LG Stanley Daniels, Sr.
C Juan Garcia, Jr.
RG Clay Walker, Sr.
RT Chad Macklin, Jr.
TE Michael Gottlieb, So.
QB Carl Bonnell, Jr.
TB Louis Rankin, Jr.
FB Mark Palaita, Sr.
WR Sonny Shackelford, Sr.

Despite throwing 5 interceptions last week at Cal, quarterback Carl Bonnell showed some resiliency you like to see in a signal-caller. In his first start, Bonnell marched the Huskies downfield to tie the game at the end of regulation but threw his 5th interception in the first overtime period that sealed the Huskies' fate. The junior took over the reigns on offense when senior Isaiah Stanback went down with an ankle injury against Oregon State. Bonnell has completed 24 of his 45 pass attempts for 3 scores and 5 interceptions. He's expected to play with a shoulder separation suffered at Cal. Backing him up is Oregon transfer Johnny DuRocher, a junior, and true freshman Jake Locker.

Both Bonnell and the Husky ground game would benefit from the availability of tailback Kenny James. The senior may play despite being slowed by an ankle injury. James, who has 373 yards and 5 touchdowns on the year, would allow junior Louis Rankin to be a change of pace back, a role he's more suited for. Rankin leads the team with 443 yards and is also averaging 5.1 yards per carry. If James cannot go, the Huskies may turn to reserve Shelton Sampson. Despite having some past experience here, the senior has not carried the ball yet this season.

Sonny Shackelford has been a big boost to a receiving corps that has lacked a playmaker. The senior has 35 catches and 5 touchdowns on the year. Shackelford has combined with junior Anthony Russo to give the Husky quarterbacks a solid 120 yards through the air. Juniors Cody Ellis and Marcel Reece have a combined 16 catches and are capable outlets for Bonnell. Sophomore tight end Johnie Kirton has scored 3 times on his 10 catches this season.

*Projected Starters

DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, RS-Fr.
DT Jordan Reffett, Jr.
DT Wilson Afoa, Jr.
DE Brandon Ala, Sr.
OLB Dan Howell, Jr.
ILB Tahj Bomar, Sr.
OLB Scott White, Sr.
FS Jason Wells, So.
SS C.J. Wallace, Sr.
CB Dashon Goldson, Sr.
CB Roy Lewis, Jr.

The front four are led by defensive end Brandon Ala, a senior tied for the team lead in sacks with 3. Redshirt freshman Daniel Te'o-Nesheim has had a solid debut season at the other end spot with 25 stops in the Huskies' first 8 games. Greyson Gunheim, an experienced reserve, will also be involved in the rotation at end. A pair of juniors anchor the interior, Jordan Reffett and Wilson Afoa. The two tackles have a combined 26 tackles this season and will be aided by the services of Donny Mateaki off the bench.

Linebacker Scott White has grown into an impressive leader for the defense in his senior season near Montlake. White is second in the Pac-10 in interceptions with 4, a notable mark for a linebacker amongst the company of mostly defensive backs. The senior has made plays all over the field, also notching 63 tackles, 3 sacks, and forcing 2 fumbles. Tahj Bomar, also a senior, has collected 40 stops and 1 sack but has emerging freshman Donald Butler approaching in his rear view mirror. Junior Dan Howell has been serviceable at the other outside spot with 27 tackles and an interception.

C.J. Wallace is on pace to be an All Pac-10 selection as a senior. The strong safety has had to assist a pass defense that has sputtered a bit this season. The Pac-10's worst pass defense, allowing 255 yards per game, has been hindered by an unhealthy Dashon Goldson. Wallace is the team leader in tackles with 70. Free safety Jason Wells has 33 tackles this season and will share a few snaps with junior Chris Hemphill. Reserve Mesphin Forrester has collected 2 interceptions behind Wallace. Following a nice junior season, Goldson may finally be getting back to full health after being slowed in the first half of the season. Senior Matt Fountaine will also see a fair share of time. Roy Lewis is third in tackles with 48 at the opposite corner spot.


P Sean Douglas, Sr.
PK Michael Braunstein, Jr.
PR Marlon Wood, Jr.
KR Roy Lewis, Jr.

Sean Douglas comes in with a 45.2 yard average per punt. Of Douglas' 43 punts this season, 15 of them have been downed inside the 20 yard line and his longest went for 83 yards. Placekicker Michael Braunstein has hit on 6 of his 8 field goal attempts on the year. Braunstein, who played his prep career at Gilbert High, is fourth in the Pac-10 with a .750 conversion percentage. His longest field goal of the season was a 45 yarder against Oregon State.

Receiver Marlon Wood has fielded 21 of the Huskies' 22 punts this season for a 7 yard average. Wood has yet to break out for a long return. Roy Lewis is averaging just under 19 yards on 18 kick returns this year.

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