Huskies Insider Blog

A look at Sacramento State, Huskies on NFL rosters and more

Huskies coach Chris Petersen will hold his weekly press conference today at 11:30 a.m. to recap the Boise State game and look ahead to Sacramento State. We did the latter in today’s newspaper with the tried-and-true opponent preview box, which is pasted below. And after that, you’ll find a few links, including a wrap-up of how former Huskies fared as NFL teams cut their rosters on Saturday to 53 players for the regular season.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES VS. SACRAMENTO STATE HORNETS (1-0 OVERALL, 0-0 IN BIG SKY)

11 A.M. PT SATURDAY, HUSKY STADIUM, PAC-12 NETWORKS, 1000-AM / 97.7 FM

COACH: Jody Sears (8-5 in second season at Sacramento State, 12-24 in fourth season overall)

AGAINST THE HUSKIES: The teams have never played each other.

SCOUTING REPORT: Sacramento State raced to a 38-0 lead en route to a 41-20 victory over NAIA’s Eastern Oregon in its season opener. The Hornets netted 203 yards rushing on 38 attempts (5.3 ypc) and Hornets quarterback Daniel Kniffin completed 22 of 34 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start. He’s replacing graduated starter Garrett Safron, who threw for 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns last season while rushing for 751 yards on 120 attempts. … Jordan Robinson, the team’s leading rusher last season with 862 yards on 158 carries and five touchdowns, totaled 71 yards and a touchdown in the opener against Norfolk State. … The Hornets finished in the exact middle of the Big Sky standings last season — seventh out of 13 teams, with a 4-4 league record (7-5 overall) — and were picked to finish seventh again this season by both the league’s coaches and media. They finished last season ranked eighth in the league in total defense and allowed opponents to gain 6.5 yards per play. Hornets opponents scored an average of 36.1 points per game in 2014, a mark worse than every Big Sky school except UC Davis. … The Huskies also play Sac State as part of their nonconference schedule in 2020.

DID YOU KNOW: Sears was an assistant under coach Paul Wulff at Washington State from 2008-11, and worked for Wulff from 2003-07 at Eastern Washington.

Links:

--- Ex-UW linebacker John Timu is one of three undrafted rookies who made the Chicago Bears’ 53-man roster. Also worth noting the Bears cut former UW linebacker Mason Foster a few days ago.

--- Running back Chris Polk made the Houston Texans’ 53-man roster.

--- Kicker Travis Coons made the Cleveland Browns’ 53-man roster.

--- A pair of former UW receivers, Kasen Williams and Kevin Smith, signed to the Seahawks’ practice squad after failing to make the 53-man roster.

--- Another former UW receiver, DiAndre Campbell, was signed to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.

--- Former UW cornerback Greg Ducre signed to the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad (and linebacker Donald Butler remains on San Diego’s 53-man roster).

--- Former defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu was waived by the Cardinals.

--- Offensive tackle Micah Hatchie is on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ reserved/injured list.

--- Other Huskies, in addition to Timu, Polk, Coons and Butler who made 53-man rosters: S Dashon Goldson (Washington); FB Marcel Reece, OL Khalif Barnes (Oakland); OL Senio Kelemete and LB Hau’oli Kikaha (New Orleans); CB Desmond Trufant (Atlanta); WR Jermaine Kearse (Seattle); RB Bishop Sankey (Tennessee); TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Tampa Bay); CB Marcus Peters (Kansas City); DT Danny Shelton (Cleveland); LB Shaq Thompson (Carolina).

So that’s 16 total on an active roster -- plus Hatchie on the reserved/injured list -- and four on practice squads. And former UW safety James Sample, who transferred and finished his college career at Louisville, made the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster.

All for now. I’ll be back after Petersen’s press conference.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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