Spring Game -- Impact Players

In a lackluster offensive performance, one that resulted in a 36-10 win for the Husky defense, Washington had several players who played big roles in the final result. Here is a look at who stood out, on both sides of the ball, and what they did during the two-hour Purple and Gold Game...

QB Derrick Brown - Brown looked in control most of the day hitting on 12 of 24 attempts for 129 yards and, for the most part, he made good decisions. Brown did hold the ball too long on a couple of occasions resulting in "sacks" by the defense, but he connected several times with Josh Perkins to keep drives going in the first half. Brown showed a glimpse of what he can do when he hit DiAndre Campbell up the seam for a 23-yard completion, putting the ball right on the money before the defensive backs could get there. Where Brown really struggles is when he's confused by the coverage and he delays getting to his second or third read. However, that is something that will come as he gets more experience and continues to watch film. Overall the redshirt freshman signal-caller acquitted himself well during the spring.

WR Josh Perkins - Perkins had a solid spring and showed on Saturday why the Husky staff is so excited to have him in the fold. He ran good routes and was a big target for Brown on the second unit. Perkins has huge hands, he's got a big fram and he's a strong blocker, but he needs to run crisper routes and as the coaches have stressed, the toughest part for the young receivers is getting used to the multiple-formations and motions. Once he gets those down, watch out.

QB Keith Price - Price looked shaky early on, struggling to find anyone open, but as the game progressed, he really found a groove and finished solidly completing 14 of 28 attempts for 168 yards and a touchdown. Price showed the moxy necessary to keep plays alive with his legs and found FB Jonahtan Amosa who had leaked out after blocking for a pretty 23-yard touchdown pass and catch. Price also showed some frustration when he was "sacked" late by DE Andrew Hudson. Price is definitely the unquestioned leader of the offense the Huskies definitely will be leaning on his experience and abilities this fall.

DE Andrew Hudson - The talented third-year player is a physical specimen, but he isn't one of those players that is considered a "looks like Tarazan, plays like Jane". Hudson can play the game and he does it fast. He really caused a lot of problems off the edge for the Husky offensive line and registered two sacks and six tackles (four solo) on the day. Hudson will be an impact player off the edge for the Dawgs this fall, combining with Josh Shirley and hopefully Hauoli Jamora, to form a terrorizing trio of pass-rushers that Husky opponents will need to deal with.

"We definitely wanted to make a statement, but more than anything we just wanted to get out here and play a game. This game is fun and I love our new defense. We are so aggressive, not that we weren't before, but you can see how much faster we play and in this 'D' it's like as soon as you figure it out you go." -- Hudson on the new defensive scheme and making a statement today in front of the fans

LB Evan Zeger - Zeger has flashed a lot of potential all spring, showing the physicality the Husky coaches liked about him enough to move him to linebacker. The talented redshirt freshman played fast and totaled four tackle (two solo) to go along with one tackle-for-loss on the day. Zeger loves to hit and was flying around most of the day, something we saw quite a bit during the 15 practices this month and he's someone who appears like he will see quite a bit of playing time this fall.

"I love defensive coaches and coach (Peter) Sirmon is a great coach. He really just helps us with his X's and O's and the way he keeps our eyes focused on what we need to do. The transition has been hard, but I'm figuring it out and things are really slowing down for me." -- Zeger on his transition from safety to linebacker

S Will Shamburger - Shamburger had a solid afternoon, but he will probably be haunted in his dreams by the two missed interceptions he had late in the game. Shamburger went high deep in the endzone and appeared to come down with a pass from Price to Kasen Williams, but was ruled out after he was unable to get a foot down in bounds. Two plays later, the junior safety had a sure pick when he broke in front of Williams at the goal line, but the ball hit him in a bad place -- the hands -- and he dropped it as he was going out of bounds. Overall, Shamburger had a solid afternoon totalling three tackles.

DT Danny Shelton - With Alameda Ta'amu graduated and heading to play pro football for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Shelton is going to be counted on to be the man in the middle of the Husky defense. Shelton clogged up the middle most of the day causing Mike Criste and guards James Atoe and Erik Kohler problems all day. The defense held the offense to just 20 yards on the ground when you include the seven "sacks" and a lot of that was due to the play of Shelton inside.

"I didn't make as many plays as I wanted, but our defense was swarming and I just loved seeing the guys fly around. Even when I wasn't out there and the second unit was out there, they were flying around too. We had a lof of fun." -- Shelton on the Spring Game
DE/LB Corey Waller - If there is a natural backup to Josh Shirley, look no further than Waller who is similar in size and athleticism. Waller had a big game for the Husky defense posting two tackles and two sacks. Waller showed outstanding burst off the edge. On one of his sacks the lineman was unable to even get a hand on him and he got to Brown untouched for a "sack". Waller struggled last season with the speed of the game and trying to learn his position, but it appears he's started to "get it" and he looks poised for a big fall if he keeps progressing.

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