Something that has bothered me about this Husky team over the past two seasons: ball security. Several of Washington’s best offensive players carry the ball far too casually. It hasn’t always resulted in a lot of disastrous plays, but in my admittedly nonscientific observations, it seems like Husky players often near-fumble, or let the ball come loose just as the play is ending. In particular, I worry about a fumble nearly every time Kasen Williams (though he is now out for the season) or Austin Seferian-Jenkins start running after the catch. Both hold the ball far too loosely. Last year ball security was obviously a major problem for Price, who fumbled far too often based on an overly casual approach to securing the football. He hasn’t had the same problems this season, but I would love to see Kasen (when he returns), ASJ, and even John Ross start to hold the ball high and tight.
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It turns out that Kasen Williams didn’t just suffer a Lisfranc injury to his foot during Saturday’s game against Cal. He also broke his leg. The junior wide receiver is schedule to have surgery tomorrow and will almost certainly miss the rest of the season.
Travis Coons, the kicker/punter/kick-off specialist for the Huskies, was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on special teams. For a guy that received a lot of criticism last year for misses in the Apple Cup and the Vegas Bowl, Coons has done pretty well both as a punter and as a kicker. In fact, he’s eight for eight on field goal tries. Now, kick-offs are another story entirely.