Strategy And Personnel

The Sports Xchange

September 10, 2018 at 9:50 pm.


KEY MATCHUP: In a matchup of two teams similarly constructed, the difference on both ends may well come down to the same variable. For both Washington and Utah, it’s offensive line play against outstanding opposing defensive lines. Utah’s problem areas up front became evident against Northern Illinois, when the Huskies’ aggressive defense racked up a staggering 14 tackles for loss. Washington co-defensive coordinators Pete Kwiatkowski and Jimmy Lake have no qualms about bringing consistent and heavy pressure, both from the front seven, and with safety Taylor Rapp.

Washington’s own struggles up front, with a variety of injuries across the front five, manifested through the first two weeks in red-zone misfires. The Huskies have scored on just 9-of-12 red-zone opportunities, including five touchdowns.


–DT Greg Gaines can assert his dominance on the line against a Utah offense struggling to jump-start its rushing attack. Gaines does not register gaudy statistics, but the senior tackle plays an integral role in Washington’s typically stingy rush defense.


–OT Trey Adams underwent back surgery, potentially ending his season and career at Washington. Adams is projected as an early-round prospect in this spring’s NFL draft.

–LB D.J. Beavers is questionable for Saturday’s game due to a foot injury.

–C Nick Harris was out for the game against North Dakota and is questionable for Utah due to an undisclosed injury.