Five Takeaways: Idaho State

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This week's takeaways include the future at QB, the speed of the defense, the RB corps, John Ross and the team's depth.

1. It was easy to see why Cyler Miles has earned the #2 QB spot this offseason. No, his passes didn't have a ton of zip on them, but he still delivered them on time and for a guy throwing his first collegiate passes he made pretty good decisions. He also made correct decisions on his zone read plays, which will be a huge weapon for the Huskies if and when they go forward with Miles at the helm.

2. The backfield is loaded. From Bishop Sankey on down to Ryan McDaniel, this is as deep a group of running backs as you're going to see. And they all pass the eye test. It's a stark contrast from what the team had last season when there wasn't much behind Sankey at all.

3. Teams that are not at least above average at passing the ball are going to have a tough time throwing on the Huskies. No, Idaho State is not the best example for this, but the body of work so far in all three games has shown this to be true. The length and speed of the guys in the middle and on the back end make passing windows close in a hurry, and if Danny Shelton and Josh Shirley are putting pressure on the pocket, life is tough as an opposing QB.

4. John Ross is very much still a freshman, and the team will likely ride his ups and downs throughout the year. The tradeoff from the occasional poor decision on a punt return or fumble is what you saw when he caught a bubble screen from Cyler Miles, made a couple moves, then turned on the jets and left everybody in the dust. There's no doubt he's electric. If he can clean up the freshman mistakes, his role on the team will only expand.

5. If there was any doubt that this is the deepest Washington team in a long time, there shouldn't be any more. The number twos got into the game in the first half, all of the depth got into the game by the end, and the dropoff wasn't as big as it would have been in years past. The offense could have continued to score points until the final whistle if Steve Sarkisian had wanted to, and the defense maintained its shutout.

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