Grading the game - Portland State

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 15: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the Washington Huskies rushes against the Portland State Vikings on September 15, 2012 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Vikings 52-13. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Quarterback - Keith Price had a great first half. It is amazing what you can do when your receivers get open and you get the time to deliver them the ball. Back-up Derek Brown played most of the second half and spent most of that time handing the ball off to his running backs. If Price were to go down I have the sneaking suspicion that Cyler Miles would be the starter. - Grade A

Running Backs - Bishop Sankey had the first 100 year rushing days of his career. Erich Wilson II and Dezden Petty also got a lot of work which will pay off when the conference season begins in two weeks. This team really misses Jessie Callier but I see enough potential in these three guys to get the job done over the course of the year. I love the way that Wilson reversed field for a big run near the end of the first half. He reminds me a bit of Joe Steele. - Grade A

Wide Receivers - Kasen Williams looked pretty good yesterday. He had six catches and he was really physical out there in comparison to the week before. DiAndre Campbell had his first career TD reception. He looked very smooth out there. Marvin Hall was impressive in his debut. Jaydon Mickens played a bit which means that his turf toe issue is OK. - Grade A

Tight Ends - Austin Seferian-Jenkins is just a beast. The true sophomore is probably the best TE prospect in the country. He had five catches for 78 yards and a great catch for TD in the end zone. Hartvigson and Hudson also played well. ASJ is pretty tough for anyone to stop one on one. Grade A

Offensive Line - Tough to really judge these guys when you consider the competition they were playing against. It is safe to say that the Stanford front seven would eat these guys up and spit them out. Shane Brostek made his debut and he looked pretty good for a true frosh. Like any frosh he could use a year of conditioning so playing him this early despite the talent isn't optimal. These guys need to do a lot better to be competitive with Stanford. In the second half when Portland State knew the run was coming on every play they didn't do a great job. - Grade B

Defensive Line - In a day of total domination these guys didn't get the penetration you would like to see against an opponent of this type. They didn't pick up any sacks but they did help shut the Vikings out in the first half. I focused a bit on Pio Vatuvei and I thought he played pretty well for a true frosh. Danny Shelton went down with an ankle injury that didn't look too serious. Talia Chrichton sat out the game recovering from a concussion.- Grade A

Linebackers - Great day for this group. Timu and Fui were really solid and Tom Tutogi had another strong performance while he was in the game. Travis Feeney is still out and we probably won't know what his status is until game time against Stanford.I think this was Timu's best performance as a Husky. - Grade A

Defensive backs - Shaq had a big day and you can tell that this kid is getting better with every single rep. The entire secondary had a good day against a pretty good FCS QB who was held to only 68 yards passing in the first half. Marcus Peters looked pretty good out there with a pick six (first career interception) until he got burned on a 70 yard reception in the second half. Better to have that happen in a game like this rather than in ten days against the Tree. Grade A

Special Teams - Washington dominated all phases of special teams play. They had a great fake punt (Coons to Parker) which kept a drive alive in the first half (not to mention gives future opponents something to think about). The blocked FG (Shaq) which was returned for a TD by Tre Watson was a thing of beauty. Marvin Hall looked the part as the teams primary punt returner. He also had 37 yard kick-off return that was oh so close to going all the way. Travis Coons had a 48 yarder to end the first half. Durkee isn't getting the distance and hang time the coaches would like at this point. He takes too much time to get the ball off. I expect Stanford will go after him pretty hard. - Grade A

Coaching - Sark and the gang get the "A" for the lopsided win but what really impressed me was the way he got in the face of his team before leaving the field at halftime. Tough to put your finger on it but this team lacks a certain toughness and focus. Sark made sure throughout the game that he got this teams attention whenever they started to get complacent. The Huskies could have scored 100 points on the Vikings yesterday if they wanted to but Sark put the brakes on in the second half. On the defensive side of the ball this is definitely a better unit than in years past. They still aren't perfect but they are tackling and lining up much better than in previous years. This was a big time growth game. It has been quite some time since the Dawgs were able to get this many players into a game. - Grade A

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