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Huskies vs. Eastern Washington gameday box

Here's the Huskies gameday box that published in today's newspaper:

HUSKIES GAMEDAY

Eastern Washington (2-0) at WASHINGTON (1-0)

12 p.m. PT, Husky Stadium

TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 1000-AM.

The series: Washington leads 1-0. Washington won the only meeting, 30-27, at Husky Stadium in 2011.

What to watch: For all the talk of the quarterback talent in the Pac-12 this season – and it’s all justified – one of the most talented quarterbacks the Huskies will face this year plays for Eastern Washington. Containing Vernon Adams, a junior, will be priority No. 1 for the Huskies’ defense, and Adams’ accurate arm and quick legs should provide a pretty big challenge for UW’s secondary, which debuted three new starters last week against Hawaii. The Eagles run a spread passing attack that has racked up a whole bunch of yards during coach Beau Baldwin’s career, and Adams is more than good enough to pick the Huskies apart if the defensive backfield doesn’t perform. … Cyler Miles is making his second career start at QB for UW, and he’s doing it against an EWU defense that looks suspect, at least on paper. The Huskies will also want to establish their running game early and use that to take some pressure off Miles.

The pick: Washington, 35-24.

Prime numbers

WASHINGTON

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

10 Cyler Miles QB 6-4 225 R-So.

Better big-play ability than Jeff Lindquist, and is a good enough runner to create yardage if the pocket breaks down.

41 Travis Feeney LB 6-4 218 Jr.

Listed as a starter at linebacker this week. Has the speed and big-hit ability to be a force on defense, but needs to show better assignment consistency.

55 Danny Shelton DT 6-2 339 Sr.

Had 12 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 2 sacks in opener against Hawaii while playing 72 snaps. Could wreak havoc up front.

79 Coleman Shelton OT 6-4 281 R-Fr.

Made his first career start against Hawaii in place of senior Ben Riva, and is expected to start again this week.

EASTERN WASHINGTON

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

3 Vernon Adams QB 6-0 200 Jr.

Possibly the best player in the country at the FCS level, and a dual-threat player who is extremely difficult to defend. Threw for 4,994 yards and 55 TDs in 2013.

10 Cooper Kupp WR 6-2 195 So.

Best freshman in the country at FCS level a year ago. Caught 93 passes for 1,691 yards and 21 TDs.

7 Tevin McDonald S 5-11 200 R-Sr.

UCLA transfer is most experienced player in EWU’s defensive backfield. Healthy after breaking fibula last season.

39 Ronnie Hamlin LB 6-2 235 R-Sr.

Sixth-year senior from Lacey is All-American candidate after recording 140 tackles in 15 games last season.

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

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