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Huskies gameday box and two-deep analysis

Here's our gameday box and analysis of Washington's two-deeps that published in our paper this week.

HUSKIES GAMEDAY

No. 25 WASHINGTON (0-0) at Hawaii (0-0)

7:30 p.m. PT, Aloha Stadium

TV: CBS Sports Network. Radio: 1000-AM.

The series: The series is tied 2-2. Washington won the last meeting, 40-32, at Husky Stadium in 2011.

What to watch: This will be the starting debut for Jeff Lindquist, the Huskies third-year sophomore quarterback who emerged from fall camp the winner of UW’s quarterback competition. There are questions about what Lindquist has to do to hold onto the job going into next week when Cyler Miles will be eligible again to play, but for now, the Mercer Island native hopes to simply avoid mistakes, make accurate throws and keep the Huskies’ offense moving. To that end, UW’s four-man running back core of Dwayne Washington, Lavon Coleman, Jesse Callier and Deontae Cooper could likely carry the load against a Hawaii defense that ranked 115th nationally in 2013. The Rainbow Warriors are coming off a 1-11 season, but expectations are a bit higher than that in coach Norm Chow’s third season. Hawaii, too, has a first-year starter at quarterback in Ikaika Woolsey, and a big, powerful running back in Joey Iosefa. But given their defensive experience and overall talent level, this isn’t a game anybody expects the Huskies to lose.

The pick: Washington, 38-14.

Prime numbers

WASHINGTON

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

5 Jeff Lindquist QB 6-3 246 R-So.

Huskies don’t need him to be superman. Avoid turnovers, make smart, efficient passes and keep the chains moving, and Lindquist will have done his job.

32 Budda Baker S 5-10 173 Fr.

Heralded freshman gets the starting nod at one safety position, and could see a few kickoff returns, too.

8 Hau’oli Kikaha OLB 6-3 246 R-Sr.

Oahu native and conference’s leading returning sack man will be playing in front of family, friends.

2 Kasen Williams WR 6-3 217 Sr.

He says he’s “100 percent” healthy after recovering from leg injury, but it will be interesting to monitor his workload in the opener.

HAWAII

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

11 Ikaika Woolsey QB 6-1 210 R-So.

Inexperienced, but Rainbow Warriors like his ability to scramble as well as pass.

7 Joey Iosefa RB 6-0 245 R-Sr.

Likely the focal point of UW’s defensive game plan. Iosefa is large and physical.

92 Beau Yap DE 6-2 260 R-Sr.

Had 37 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks last season, when he was named second-team All-Mountain West

29 Scott Harding WR/P 5-11 200 Sr.

Team’s leading returning receiver after catching 56 passes for 631 yards in 2013. Also the team’s punter.

UW TWO-DEEPS

2013 record: 9-4; third in the Pac-12 North (5-4). Returning 14 starters.

2014 Pac-12 media poll predicted finish: Third (Pac-12 North)

*Starters are in bold

OFFENSE

No. Player/Pos., Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown/Last school

WIDE RECEIVERS

16 Marvin Hall/WR, 5-10, 188, Jr., Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey

2 Kasen Williams/WR, 6-3, 217, Sr., Sammamish, Wash./Skyline

87 Dante Pettis/WR, 6-0, 177, Fr., San Clemente, Calif./Junipero Serra

4 Jaydon Mickens/WR, 5-11, 174, Jr., Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey

1 John Ross/WR, 5-11, 179, So., Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Jordan

13 Kendyl Taylor/WR, 5-10, 202, R-So., Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton

19 DiAndre Campbell/WR, 6-2, 206, R-Sr., Oakland, Calif./Oakland Tech

1 John Ross/WR, 5-11, 179, So., Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Jordan

81 Brayden Lenius/WR, 6-5, 217, Fr., North Vancouver, B.C./Chaminade Prep

The skinny: Mickens was the Huskies’ leading pass-catcher last season with 65 receptions and 688 yards as a sophomore, and coach Chris Petersen has praised him as much as any other player throughout training camp. Campbell is back for his final year after the previous staff announced him as a senior at the end of last season, and gives the starting group some size. Hall is another fast receiver who could be poised for a breakout year after a strong camp.

The backups: Williams could very well move into the starting lineup if he proves he’s recovered well enough from the leg injury that ended his 2013 season after eight games. Ross’ speed will likely be used at a few different positions, and he’s sure to see the field plenty. Lenius and Pettis should both play as freshmen. Taylor is the mystery man of the group, but showed flashes during camp.

OFFENSIVE LINE

72 Micah Hatchie/LT, 6-5, 308, R-Sr., Haleiwa, Hawai’i/Waialua

52 Jake Eldrenkamp/LT, 6-5, 292, So., Medina, Wash./Bellevue

76 Dexter Charles/LG, 6-5, 311, R-Jr., Camano Island, Wash./Stanwood

65 Siosifa Tufunga/LG, 6-3, 321, R-Jr., Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Jordan

64 Colin Tanigawa/C, 6-3, 292, R-Sr., Pasadena, Calif./Loyola

78 Mike Criste/C, 6-6, 316, R-Sr., Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo

70 James Atoe/RG, 6-7, 381, R-Sr., The Dalles, Ore./The Dalles-Wahtonka

62 Ross Dolbec/RG, 6-5, 313, Jr., Orinda, Calif./Miramonte

59 Ben Riva/RT, 6-7, 313, RT, R-Sr., Seattle, Wash./O’Dea

79 Coleman Shelton/RT, 6-4, 281, R-Fr., Pasadena, Calif./Loyola

The skinny: By far the Huskies’ most experienced group, with seven players who have starting experience, and fifth-year seniors across the board on the front line with the exception of Charles, who is a fourth-year player. Hatchie and Charles are both back and healthy after offseason shoulder surgeries, and Tanigawa won the competition over Criste to start at center. Atoe, listed at 381 pounds, is the most massive player on the roster.

The backups: Eldrenkamp and Tufunga both saw quite a bit of practice repetitions with the No. 1 offense during spring and early in camp. Criste will play some at center in the opener, offensive line coach Chris Strausser said, and his experience will be valuable as a backup.

TIGHT ENDS

82 Joshua Perkins/TE, 6-4, 227, R-Jr., Cerritos, Calif./Gahr

OR 84 Michael Hartvigson/TE, 6-6, 251, R-Sr., Bothell, Wash./Bothell

15 Darrell Daniels/TE, 6-4, 235, So., Pittsburg, Calif./Freedom

85 David Ajamu/TE, 6-4, 242, R-Fr., Shelton, Wash./Shelton

The skinny: Not a lot of pass-catching experience here, though of Perkins’ five career receptions, three were touchdowns. Hartvigson, likewise, has seen the field a bunch but has never caught more than two passes in a game.

The backups: Daniels might be a player to watch this season. The converted receiver made a handful of impressive plays during spring and camp practices, and is pretty athletic for a guy his size.

QUARTERBACKS

5 Jeff Lindquist/QB, 6-3, 246, R-So., Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island

3 Troy Williams/QB, 6-2, 194, R-Fr., Carson, Calif./Narbonne

The skinny: Lindquist won the competition to start the opener, mostly because he displayed good decision-making, took care of the ball and improved his accuracy. His next pass attempt will be his first in a college game.

The backups: It should be interesting to see how much Williams gets to play against Hawaii – and how third-year sophomore Cyler Miles, suspended for the season opener, factors into the position battle after the first week.

TAILBACKS

12 Dwayne Washington/TB, 6-2, 219, So., Lakewood, Calif./Gahr

22 Lavon Coleman/TB, 5-11, 217, R-Fr., Lompoc, Calif./Lompoc

OR 24 Jesse Callier/TB, 5-10, 206, R-Sr., Downey, Calif./Warren

OR 6 Deontae Cooper/TB, 5-11, 199, R-Sr., Perris, Calif./Citrus Hill

The skinny: It’s hard to watch Washington run and not believe he could be a pretty special player – if he can hold onto the football, which was a problem for him early in his freshman season. Coleman is a powerful back who provides a change of pace and should also get plenty of opportunities.

The backups: Petersen has said each of these four players are going to get their chances at some point. Callier is experienced and actually won the UW’s starting tailback job over Bishop Sankey as a junior before tearing his ACL and sitting out the season. Cooper, who has suffered three different ACL tears, showed signs of returning to form last season and could be an option as a complementary back.

DEFENSE

No. Player Pos. Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown, Last school

DEFENSIVE LINE

93 Andrew Hudson/DE, 6-3, 246, R-Sr., Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley

5 Joe Mathis/DE, 6-2, 250, So., Ontario, Calif./Upland

98 Will Dissly/DE, 6-4, 273, Fr., Bozeman, Mont./Bozeman

80 Evan Hudson/DT, 6-6, 273, R-Sr., Bothell, Wash./Bothell

90 Taniela Tupou/DT, 6-2, 282, R-Jr., Marysville, Wash./Archbishop Murphy

71 Danny Shelton/NT, 6-2, 339, Sr., Auburn, Wash./Auburn

99 Greg Gaines/NT, 6-1, 321, Fr., La Habra, Calif./La Habra

11 Elijah Qualls/NT, 6-1, 311, R-Fr., Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande

The skinny: This looked to be a pretty deep group in spring, but defections and a dismissal have thinned it some. Still, Shelton and both Hudsons provide as much experience as you could ask for, and Shelton is considered one of the nation’s premier nose tackles.

The backups: There’s a pretty big drop-off here in terms of experience. Mathis did appear in 12 games as a freshman, and Tupou was constantly praised throughout camp for his effort and tenacity. Dissly had a strong camp, too.

LINEBACKERS

8 Hau’oli Kikaha/BUCK, 6-3, 246, R-Sr., Laie, Hawai’i/Kahuku

95 Jarett Finau/BUCK, 6-3, 261, R-Jr., Kirkland, Wash./Juanita

28 Psalm Wooching/BUCK, 6-5, 225, R-So., Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i/Kealakehe

10 John Timu/MLB, 6-1, 246, Sr., Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Jordan

47 Scott Lawyer/LB, 6-2, 225, R-Jr., San Jose, Calif./Oak Grove

36 Azeem Victor/LB, 6-3, 244, R-Fr., Upland, Calif./Pomona

7 Shaq Thompson/OLB, 6-1, 228, Jr., Sacramento, Calif./Grant

34 Sean Constantine/OLB, 6-2, 224, R-Fr., Hunts Point, Wash./Bellevue

25 Keishawn Bierria/OLB, 6-1, 221, R-Fr., Carson, Calif./Narbonne

OR 41 Travis Feeney/OLB, 6-4, 218, Jr., Richmond, Calif./Pinole Valley

The skinny: Kikaha is listed as a buck linebacker, which means he’ll have to help in pass coverage a little more – but is still one of the Pac-12’s best pass rushers after recording 13 sacks in 2013. Thompson is an NFL prospect and maybe the best athlete on the team, and Timu should again compete for the team lead in tackles after posting a third-best 77 last season. Feeney and Bierria split time with the No. 1 unit during camp.

The backups: Cory Littleton’s name is notably absent from UW’s first depth chart, but Petersen says he’s banged up and should still be a factor this season. Victor made several strong plays during scrimmages and seems to have potential to push for more playing time.

SECONDARY

9 Brandon Beaver/S, 6-0, 192, R-So., Compton, Calif./Dominguez

27 Trevor Walker/S, 5-11, 186, So., Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview

32 Budda Baker/S, 5-10, 173, Fr., Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue

20 Kevin King /S, 6-3, 183, So., Oakland, Calif./Bishop O’Dowd

21 Marcus Peters/CB, 6-0, 190, R-Jr., Oakland, Calif./McClymonds

26 Sidney Jones/CB, 6-0, 171, Fr., Diamond Bar, Calif./West Covina

OR 17 Travell Dixon/CB, Sr., 6-1, 195, Miami, Fla./Eastern Arizona College

6 Jermaine Kelly/CB, 6-1, 190, R-Fr., Los Angeles, Calif./Salesian

31 Naijiel Hale/CB, 5-10, 171, Fr., Lakewood, Calif./St. John Bosco

The skinny: Beaver locked down one safety spot early in spring and never let go, leading the team in interceptions during training camp. Baker, the gem of UW’s 2014 recruiting class, impressed coaches early and will start from day one. Peters is the unquestioned leader of the group after intercepting five passes as a sophomore and earning second-team all-conference honors. Kelly had a big spring and held off Hale for the starting job.

The backups: Hale and Jones are two of three freshmen defensive backs who are likely to play in the opener. King saw some action as a freshman, and Walker worked with the No. 1 defense at safety quite a bit throughout spring and fall camp. But none have enough experience to inspire a ton of confidence in the Huskies’ depth here.

SPECIALISTS

No. Player/Pos Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown/Last school

48 Cameron Van Winkle/PK, 5-10, 180, So., Fall City, Wash./Mount Si.

OR 43 Tristan Vizcaino/PK, 6-2, 210, Fr., Chino Hills, Calif./Damien

45 Korey Durkee/P, 6-4, 230, Jr., Gig Harbor, Wash./Gig Harbor

43 Tristan Vizcaino/P, 6-2, 210, Fr., Chino Hills, Calif./Damien

1 John Ross/KR, 5-11, 179, So., Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Jordan

32 Budda Baker/KR, 5-10, 173, Fr., Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue

4 Jaydon Mickens/PR, 5-11, 174, Jr., Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey

16 Marvin Hall/PR, 5-10, 188, Jr., Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey

77 Ryan Masel/LS, 6-1, 199, Jr., Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista

80 Evan Hudson/LS, 6-6, 273, R-Sr., Bothell, Wash./Bothell

45 Korey Durkee/HLD, 6-4, 230, Jr., Gig Harbor, Wash./Gig Harbor

5 Jeff Lindquist/HLD, 6-3, 246, R-So., Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island

The skinny: Van Winkle went through a back injury last season that was thought to be pretty serious, but he’s fully recovered and was pretty accurate on kicks 40 yards and in. Vizcaino will likely help Van Winkle handle kickoff duties, while Durkee took hold of the punting job. Ross’ 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Brigham Young last season has the Huskies hoping for more of the same this year, though Baker is sure to get his chances to show what he can do, too.

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

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