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A look inside the Washington playbook: Throwback screen

This is our second look at examples of screens Washington uses to get Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams some isolation options on the perimeter. Here's the post about Williams from earlier in the week, in case you missed it.

This time, we'll look at a touchdown for Seferian-Jenkins from last year against Cal. Away we go:

Quarterback Keith Price is in the shotgun, with two players wide and Bishop Sankey next to him. The Huskies also have both tight ends, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Michael Hartvigson, in the game stacked on the left side.

At the snap, Washington pulls hard right. Price takes a look toward the two wide receivers. Hartvigson heads downfield, Seferian-Jenkins hangs in to block Price’s backside. Even Sankey leaves the backfield.

Following a Price pump fake and pivot, Seferian-Jenkins lets his rusher go. Linemen Senio Kelemete and Colin Tanigawa hustle to get in front of Seferian-Jenkins. Hartvigson is already doing downfield work.

With everyone out front, Seferian-Jenkins gets giddy. “Senio was hustling his butt down there and Colin already got a guy. Senio really smashed that corner, and I was like, ‘Oh, we’re in business.’ ”

Tanigawa gets an arm out just enough to cause a delay and allow Seferian-Jenkins to the corner of the end zone. It was his second touchdown of the day on his way to six on the season.

One key: the recognition by Hartvigson, Kelemete and Tanigawa of who to block while on the move downfield. Sounds simple, but is a challenge for new guys, like the ones on the line this season.