Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 9/3/13
Starting 2013 off right The Washington Huskies had a long offseason. After losing a heart breaker to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl last season, the Dawgs still had one thing to look forward to: revenge. With Boise State already scheduled for the 2013 opener, the Huskies had a chance to right the wrong that ended last season. Boise State DID come to Montlake to start the 2013 season and the Huskies got their revenge. To the tune of 38-6. That’s right…the Dawgs didn’t even allow a touchdown. There were a LOT of good things that happened and players who really stepped up. In reality, this whole team deserved a game ball, but I’m going to highlight a few who really stood out. Let’s hand out some game balls. Keith Price This is the start we wanted to see from Keith Price. Cool, calm, collected, accurate, fearless. When he was under pressure, he threw the ball away instead of trying to make something out of nothing. He used his legs when needed and got out of a couple jams in the backfield. Jaydon Mickens had 109 yards receiving against Boise St When all was said and done, Price was 23 of 31 for 324 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed 6 times for 25 yards. Bishop Sankey Bishop Sankey was the guy I was most high on coming into this season. Keith Price had to succeed in order for Kasen Williams or Austin Seferian-Jenkins to succeed, but no matter what happened…Sankey had to handle a big load. He did it well last year, he could easily do it again I thought. I was right. Sankey pounded the ball and wore down the Boise State defense with his 161 yards of rushing on 25 carries, including 2 touchdown runs. Jaydon Mickens It was so refreshing to see Jaydon Mickens step it up and do as well as he did in the game. Last season, the underclassmen (besides Kasen) were inconsistent and had a big case of the drops. Mickens seemed to have worked on that in the offseason. Mickens stood out of the pack of receivers despite good performances by Kevin Smith and Kasen Williams. Mickens had 9 catches for 109 yards. John Timu and Shaq Thompson I hate lumping 2 people into 1 category, but John Timu and Shaq Thompson made this linebacker group even more intimidating after this performance. Timu led in stats with a total of 13 tackles while Thompson had 9. Timu was in on most plays even if not credited for it. Thompson was near every play as well. What impressed me about his play his how clean and quick he is. He flies to the ball or ball carrier, wraps em up and takes them down. He hits quick and he hits hard. And he demonstrated that against Boise St. Danny Shelton While Danny Shelton had a pretty good game overall, he gets this solely for blocking the field goal attempt early in the game. He looked like Red Bryant blocking that kick and had me pretty pumped up. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE HUSKIES CLUBHOUSE PAGE AT NWSPORTSBEAT!
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