Washington Offense Preview

Arizona will face it's first Pac-12 opponent of the season on Saturday. Read on to find out more about the Washington offense, including how the weather may effect the play calling, keys to the game, and more.

The Arizona Wildcats will face the toughest test of the young season on Saturday when they travel to the Pacific Northwest to face the Washington Huskies.

Washington currently boasts one of the top offenses in the conference and in the country. The Huskies are scoring 42.7 points per game, which is good enough for 18th best in the nation.

They are also averaging 629 yards of total offense in each of their three games this season, which ranks third in the country.

When the Arizona Wildcats step on the field Saturday afternoon, the weather is calling for rain and wind. These conditions may be enough to slow down senior quarterback Keith Price.

The signal caller hasn't been historically great against the Wildcats in the past, throwing five interceptions in two meetings, but has started out his final season in Seattle in stellar fashion.

Price is averaging 293 passing yards per game and has thrown for seven touchdowns in three games.

It hasn't been all Keith Price for the passing game. He has also had plenty of help from his receivers and a very special tight end.

The Huskies have three talented receivers that have split the receiving workload evenly throughout the first three games. Jaydon Mickens has led the receiving charge with 20 receptions, but even with all his catches, he is not the team's leading receiver.

Junior standout Kasen Williams currently leads the team in receiving yards per game, but not by much. He is averaging 68 yards per game, with two other Huskies just yards behind. Kevin Smith is averaging 67 yards per game and Mickens is averaging 66.3.

One of Washington's most powerful weapons on the field is tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The big and powerful tight end missed the first game of the year due to a suspension, but has come on strong in the two games he participated in.

Seferian-Jenkins is the team's fourth leading receiver and for good reason. He is a big body with great hands and has a knack for reeling in most balls thrown his way.

It is no secret that Price and his targets are having a good year, but the rain and wind may change some of the play calling for Washington's offense. If the tides turn on the passing game, expect to see junior running back Bishop Sankey get even more carries than usual.

Sankey is just yards behind Ka'Deem Carey for second place in the race for the rushing title.

He is powering his way to 18.7 yards per game on the ground, punching it in for four touchdowns in three games. If the rain becomes a factor, it could come down to a battle of the running backs.

Either way, Arizona's defense will be tested in the game for the first true time this season. Washington has plenty of weapons and it will be quite a task to shut them all down. If the Wildcats can focus and play the way they have through the first three games, it should be a great matchup to watch.

Players to watch:

#17- QB, Keith Price: The senior has plenty of battle scars from the last few years, but hasn't lost to Arizona at home. In 2011, Price completed 16 of 30 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown. He did throw three interceptions in the game, but his team came away with the win.

Price has historically not had great games against Arizona, but he has found himself so far this season and will be a major factor in the outcome of the game on Saturday.

#25- RB, Bishop Sankey: The running back is the third leading rusher in the nation, just behind Ka'Deem Carey. He has had tremendous success this season and will be looking to surpass Carey with the help of his defense and his strong running game. If Sankey can get going early, it can open up some passing lanes for Price.

#88- TE, Austin Seferian-Jenkins: The two-sport athlete missed the season opener due to a team violation, but has bounced back well. In two games, he has caught eight balls for seventy yards and a touchdown. His size and ability reminds plenty of former Arizona star Rob Gronkowski and there is no doubt that he is one of the top tight ends in the country.

Keys to the game:

1. Slow down Price: Arizona will need to cut the head off the snake that is Washington's offense. Price did not play well when he was in Tucson a year ago, but has had a stellar season so far. If the Wildcats can stop him, it will go a long way towards the upset bid.

2. Contain Sankey: The running back is third in the nation behind Carey. He will definitely be a major player in the offensive game, especially if it is wet and windy in Husky Stadium. Arizona will need to stop Sankey or the game can get out of hand early on.

3. Be disciplined: So far this season, Arizona has not been tested on the defensive side of the ball very much. This will be the toughest test for the Wildcats. With Washington's fast paced offense and multiple targets on the field, the defense needs to be disciplined with its assignments in order to be successful.


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