Game Grades - UW vs. Idaho

For the most part, things went as planned for the Huskies in Saturday's 59-14 win over Idaho. Here's a look at each position group and how we feel the performed in week two of the 2016 football season...

Quarterbacks: Yes it was against Idaho, but Jake Browning had his best day as a Husky, completing 23 of his 28 attempts for 294 yards and five touchdowns. Other than holding the ball a little too long on a couple of plays, one of which resulted in a sack and a fumble, it was about as perfect a day for a quarterback as you can have. K.J. Carta-Samuels was also solid in backup duty going 4 of 5 for 62 yards and a touchdown. Grade: A.

Running Back: Considering he didn't get many touches, Myles Gaskin made the most of his opportunities, carrying the ball 12 times for 67 yards and a touchdown. Jomon Dotson got extensive work during the game and also acquitted himself well with a couple of nice runs in mop up action. Grade: B+.

Receivers/Tight Ends: John Ross III is proving to be the home run threat we all thought he could be. He led the team in receptions with seven and those went for 67 yard and two scores. I thought that Dante Pettis played his best game as a Husky finishing the game with six receptions for a game-high 88 yards and two scores. Throw in Chico McClatcher's three receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown and Quinten Pounds's first touchdown as a Husky and overall this was a very solid day for the receivers. The tight ends weren't targeted much and the lack of a running game, at least partially, has to fall on their shoulders. Grade: B.

Offensive Line: There's no denying it, the first unit struggled a bit in the first quarter, unable to get much of a push and allowing free runners to get to Browning and rush his throws. Browning was hit quite a few times, even on quick releases, so the offensive line definitely has more work to put in in pass-protection, but as the game progressed they cleaned things up pretty well. On the plus side, we did see freshman Nick Harris come in and hold his own and he looks like he might be pushing for a starting spot in the very near future. Grade: C.

Defensive Line: Overall, the defense allowed just 87 yards in the first half and that's when most of the starters played. I thought Vita Vea had his best game as a Dawg. He was practically unblockable and he really forced the issue up front as he collapsed the pocket on almost every play. Elijah Qualls and Greg Gaines didn't have their names called much, but that isn't the nature of the game they play. When the starters left, Damion Turpin and a few of the underclassmen held their own. Grade: A.

Linebackers: Azeem Victor tied for the team lead in tackles, but I can't really think of any impact plays by him or his partner in crime Keishawn Bierria. In fact, Bierria didn't even record a tackle on the day. Connor O'Brien did manage to post his first interception as a Husky and he took it back 46 yards for a score and Tevis Bartlett had a sack and generally played well when he was in there. Grade: B.

Secondary: Budda Baker forced a fumble on the opening kickoff which led to a touchdown on Washington's first offensive play from scrimmage and Jojo McIntosh forced a fumble at the one yard line that prevented a touchdown by Idaho that would have tied the score late in the first quarter. Overall the coverage was solid for the Huskies and they locked things down pretty tight for the most part when the starters were in the game. Grade: A-.

Special Teams: Tristan Vizcaino had a 50-yard punt and he made things difficult on the Idaho kick returners as he registered five touchbacks on eight kickoffs. Cameron Van Winkle hit his only field goal attempt -- from 34 -- and he too had a touchback on one of his two kickoffs. The return and coverage units had solid days, but other than Baker's forced fumble on the opening kickoff, there wasn't much that stood out. Grade: B+.

Coaching: The Husky coaching staff stayed true to their plan and process and they got their players to stay focused even though they struggled early in the game offensively. Once they went with more tempo, that's when things started to click and that is placed squarely on the shoulders of the coaches. Grade: B+.

Overall Grade: For the second-straight week, Washington just took care of business. Sure, they struggled offensively in the first quarter, but they regrouped and ran away with it in the second quarter. Does more work need to happen on offense? Absolutely, but is it as bad as some people think it is? Not even close. Once again, the Huskies handled their business and did exactly what the eighth-ranked team in the country should do to a team like Idaho. Grade: B+.


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