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Huskies trying to close gap - literally - on mobile QBs

BYU's Riley Nelson - wow!

Syracuse's Ryan Nassib - really!?

Nebraska's Taylor Martinez - really, really, REALLY fast!

Arizona's Matt Scott - the threat was enough!

Stanford's Andrew Luck - scary!

Oregon's Darron Thomas - egad!

WSU's Jeff Tuel - emerging!

In more than half of the Huskies' games this season, they've faced the nightmare that is a running-passing quarterback.

And like many defenses, they struggled to contain them. Here is how those quarterbacks did rushing the ball:

1, Nelson - eight carries, 45 yards.2, Nassib - seven carries, 20 yards, touchdown.3, Martinez - 19 carries, 137 yards, three TDs.4, Scott - seven carries, 65 yards.5, Luck - five carries, 95 yards, TD.6, Thomas - 12 carries, 89 yards, two TDs.7, Tuel - 16 carries, 25 yards, TD.

To that group, the totals were 74 rushes for 476 yards (or 6.4-yard average) and eight touchdowns.

Now, the Huskies get a second look at Martinez. Here is what UW coach Steve Sarkisian said about how his defense has settled down in facing mobile quarterbacks.

"I think we’ve gotten better at understanding quarterback runs. I was disappointed a little in the Oregon game when (Darron) Thomas got out on us," Sarkisian said.

"I just really feel for the last month our gap integrity in the run game has really set the stage for why we’re playing the defense that we’re playing. Whether it’s a running back run or a quarterback run, our gap integrity is going to be critical. If you remember back to Cal, they tried to do some of that stuff as well with Keenan Allen, and I thought we handled it pretty well. Our gap integrity is going to be critical, and we understand our assignments, believe in our assignments and do our job.

"A couple of the plays when (Taylor Martinez) got out on us last time, we weren’t assignment-sound. We lost assignments, and he created big plays for them."

Some stuff from Saturday morning practice:

* Chris Robinson (knee), right now penciled in as the No. 4 defensive tackle, banged his knee against a teammate during practice Friday. Hours later after he woke up, the knee was swollen so badly, he was sidelined from practice Saturday with a noticeable limp - and grimace.

* Tough day for the normally-reliable Erik Folk on field goals. He was 1-of-6 on attempt, usually missing them left of the uprights.

* Although quarterback Jake Locker has looked has fresh and injury-free as he has in weeks since practices started back up, he threw a pair of interceptions. One pass was picked off by Wilson High product Desmond Trufant.

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