The Washington Huskies walked away from their season opening game with Rutgers Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium with a solid 48 to 13 victory. Husky head coach Chris Petersen met with the media Monday afternoon and discussed his teams win after looking at game film. Here is what the coach had to say regarding the play of Sophomore quarterback Jake Browning, the running game and the play of his offensive line.
On Jake Browning. The second year quarterback who was 18 for 27 with 287 passing yards with three touchdowns, and one interception.
“There was improvement for sure, not only to John Ross, but to a couple of other guys, there was one where he under threw which is something we are working on in terms of giving guys a chance to make plays on the ball, it did not come off his hand like he wanted to but Dante Pettis was able to come back and at a minimum get a pass interference call.
“Its hard to cover those guys one on one weather its in stride or a little over the shoulder if you time it and get it up appropriately a receiver can make plays.”
The running game.
As good as the Huskies passing was, the running was not up to par statistic wise.The Huskies finished Saturdays game with 91 rushing yards on 31 attempts. The last time the Huskies were held to under 100 yards rushing was in last years 13 to 16 opening loss at Boise State. The Bison held the Huskies to just 29 rushing yards.
“We have some work to do there, but that is style of our offense, I mean if people are gonna load up and bring those safeties down hill and try to stop the run, hopefully we can throw the ball a little over their heads. It’s a cat and mouse game.
“I thought our pass protection from the running backs was real good, I am always impressed with our running backs on how they pass protect, our coaches spend a lot of time on teaching pass protection. I think they were assignment solid.
“Running the ball and finding creases I thought it was good for game one, I mean that is the whole game at the running position, what type of vision a guy has at running the ball and when the bullets are flying for real the first time, there is always going to be a couple of runs where you are going to say he needs to bounce that or keep that inside, I though that they played solid.”
Overall play of the offensive line.
“I thought they pass protected well, I thought that the pocket was extremely clean most of the time, there was a little it pressure but you are gonna get that.
“I thought it was as good as I have seen it. Coach Chris Strausser has tweaked some things, technique and philosophical wise.”
Mazvita Maraire is Sports Editor and columnist for NWFActs.Com. On twitter @mazvitamaraire