LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 17: Keith Price #17 of the Washington Huskies throws downfield over Baker Steinkuhler #55 of the Nebraska Cornhusker during their game at Memorial Stadium September 17, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska won 51-38. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
The Huskies have played three games and usually after that amount of time you have a good idea of where the program is headed in the short term.
Coming up are California, Utah, and Colorado which are all winnable games. A win against Cal at home this weekend is crucial. The Huskies definitely want to be sporting a 3-1 record when they roll into Salt Lake to play Utah in the Ute's first home Pac 12 contest.
The good news entering conference play is that the offense is averaging 36 points per game. You can win a lot of football games when you score that many points every week. Keith Price has completed 64% of his passes and has connected on 11 TD passes. Chris Polk is averaging 120 ypg on the ground.
Those are all big time numbers that we didn't expect immediately out of this offense. As the season progresses these guys are only going to get better. The only thing I can see holding them back would be the durability of Keith Price which just happens to be our first subject as we review the offense.
Quarterback - Keith Price has exceeded expectations and despite his youth is one of the best quarterbacks in the conference. He has a knack for finding the open guy and laying it in there with extreme accuracy. Durability is going to be a challenge going forward. He is practicing on one knee that is 90% and another that is probably around 50% as we speak. He has a warrior mentality and will be the starter against California but can he make it to the bye before the Colorado game in one piece?
Depth - Every game has gone down to the wire and Nick Montana hasn't gotten a snap behind center yet.
Looking forward: If Price can stay healthy enough to play he is going to continue to put up big numbers and lead Washington to a bowl game.
Running Back - Chris Polk has gained over 100 yards rushing in three straight games this season. He has 367 for the season. One thing he hasn't done is break lose for some big one's and that will come as the line starts sustaining blocks a click longer. Jonathan Amosa has done a nice job blocking.
Depth - Callier has a sprained knee so he is iffy for this week. Fogerson and Sankey who have played sparingly will be backing Polk up if Callier can't go.
Looking Forward: We know what we can expect out of Chris Polk on a weekly basis.
Wide Receiver - James Johnson is Washington's leading receiver this season with 12 catches. He has succeeded in fighting off the challenges for playing time of some very talented guys behind him. Jermaine Kearse only has eight receptions on the season but four of them have gone for touchdowns. Devin Aguilar leads the team in receiving yards and is only one catch behind Johnson.
Looking Forward: Solid going forward with plenty of improving depth.
Tight End - Austin Sefarian-Jenkins gets better with every rep. Sefarian-Jenkins has 5 catches for 116 yards so far. His blocking has progressed nicely over the first three games and you can see why he is going to develop into an all star player.
Looking Forward: ASJ and Hartvigson are going to get significant opportunities every week.
Offensive Line - Sark and Cozzetto have gone with the same starting five all season. This line features three second year players who have noticeably improved on a week to week basis. Erik Kohler has made dramatic improvement between week one and week three. Same can be said for Colin Tanigawa and Colin Porter. Drew Schaefer and Senio Kelemete are the veterans in this group. Both have been quietly solid while helping the young guys get better.
Depth : The coaches have been sticking with their starting five.
Looking forward : Obviously a line this young that is playing this well has upside. The key thing that they need to do going forward is sustain their blocks and knock their opponents down field to spring some big plays. Nebraska was a good test for these guys and they came out shining.