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Price, Trufant are Huskies' standouts up to this point

Ah, the week is almost up. Talked to Ryan Divish, who is in native Montana this week on break, and he said it was 80 degrees in Havre (small town he is from) - and that he played golf (he was also apparently under attack by a swarm of angry bees).

Divish will be back Monday to reinsert the "lights ... camera ... action" portion of this blog with lively video and photos.

As previously reported, the Huskies are off through the weekend on their only bye week of 2011. Here are my high-performance players through five games:

* OFFENSE: Keith Price, quarterback - Was there really any other candidate? Maybe Chris Polk, who surprisingly has not missed any game action after having knee surgery midway through fall camp. But Price - 97-for-142, 1,209 yards, 17 touchdowns, four interceptions - has been the biggest factor in this offense being as potent as it is.

Six different receivers have 10 or more catches - led by Jermaine Kearse's 18 receptions. Only five receivers could say that all of last season.

Thirteen different players have caught a pass through five games. Take away the deflections offensive linemen Ryan Tolar and Cody Habben hauled in, plus the trick-play pass Jake Locker caught in the Holiday Bowl - it was 13 different receivers all of last season, too.

Most importantly, doesn't Price look more like a college quarterback - running around, improvising, maybe holding onto the ball a tad too long, but when he has the ball, fans are on the edge of their seats? It has been refreshing, no doubt.

* DEFENSE: Desmond Trufant, cornerback - I can already hear the boos and complaints that Trufant has given up way too many big receptions in one-on-one circumstances against receivers - either on fade patterns or slant-ins. That fact is undeniable.

But Trufant has also made the single-biggest play of the season by winning THE tussle against Eastern Washington's Brandon Kaufman for an interception in the final seconds of the Huskies' 30-27 win (he not only took away the possibility of a game-winning TD, but he also thwarted any thought of a game-tying field goal).

What would this season look like had he not picked that pass off, and Eastern won that game? Dismal. If football is about momentum, would the Huskies even be 3-2 at this point?

Single-handedly, Trufant affords defensive coordinator Nick Holt plenty of options up front by manning up on the opponents' best receiver by himself. He has two interceptions and two forced fumbles this season, plus a return of a blocked PAT.

* SPECIAL TEAMS: Plenty of options - I don't mean to whimp out on a selection, but among the great performances:

1, Trufant as a gunner on punt coverage (as well as Gregory Ducre).2, Everrette Thompson's two blocked kicks against Hawaii.3, Jamaal Kearse's big hit on kickoff coverage against California, and his fumble return for a touchdown against Utah.4, Erik Folk's leg is back to be a booming weapon on field goals. He is 7-of-8 on field goals - and 6-of-7 on attempts of 40 yards or longer. His only miss was a 51-yarder into the wind against the Bears.

Who do you all think deserves consideration?

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