Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

September 11, 2018 at 9:16 pm.


–QB Jake Browning enters Saturday’s matchup with Utah completing fewer than 60 percent of his pass attempts, and with as many interceptions as touchdowns (3). The veteran played one of his better games of the 2017 season against Utah, completing 26-of-35 pass attempts for 354 yards with two touchdowns and, perhaps most importantly, no interceptions.

–WR Aaron Fuller has firmly established himself as Washington’s No. 1 pass-catching target through two games. Fuller made seven catches Week 1 against Auburn, and six in Week 2 vs. North Dakota.

–LB Ben Burr-Kirven is active against the run, evident in his team-leading 22 tackles through the first two games. The inside linebacker faces a new challenge Week 3, having to account for the dual-threat playmaking abilities of Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley.

Huntley was bottled up last week by an aggressive Northern Illinois pass-rush, but Huntley has a proven ability to run. Last season, he registered 537 yards on the ground.

–LB Tevis Bartlett made 12 tackles for loss to lead Washington last season. He has yet to really get going in 2018 but could wreak havoc Saturday if the offensive line woes Utah endured at Northern Illinois continue.

SERIES HISTORY: Washington leads Utah 10-1 with the only loss coming at Husky Stadium in 2015. The last two games were decided by seven and three points. Washington scored 10 points in the final minute to win last November in Seattle.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We’re going to play some really good defenses this year and I don’t think we can do that. If we just sit there and pat ourselves on the back because we won this game, then I don’t think we will improve as much. This week of practice will be big for us,” — Washington quarterback Jake Browning on cutting down on turnovers.