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CBS Sport's Rob Rang believes Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters has "character red-flags," but is a "first round talent."

"First round talent. Physical, athletic CB best in press. Good ball skills. Played his best vs top competition. Character red-flags," Rang tweeted. The Huskies prospect was suspended for the Illinois game, after he was involved in a sideline tirade with assistant coaches and was benched for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Sep 18 - 4:01 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper admitted to initially overstating Washington senior DT Danny Shelton's "ability to move and get up the field."

Rotoworld's Josh Norris has been persistent that Shelton's six sacks this season are an aberration, and it seems like Kiper agrees once watching the film. Shelton ranks as Kiper's No. 22 overall prospect.
Source: ESPN
Sep 18 - 12:14 PM

Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters will play against Georgia State after being suspended for the Illinois game.

"We got him back," head coach Chris Petersen said. "He’s back with us. We’ll just take it one day at a time." Peters was suspended as a result of a sideline tirade after he was benched for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Peters is extremely talented, and the Huskies finally put things together defensively against the Illini.
Sep 16 - 9:52 AM

Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha "has lived up to expectations" of high preseason grades from scouts, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Entering the season scouts handed Kikaha solid grades and the senior has lived up to expectations in the early going," Pauline wrote. "During the blowout victory over Illinois, he led Washington in all tackling categories with 6 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. And while the Fighting Illini are shy on talent their left tackle Simon Cvijanovic has been given late round grades in some scouting circles. Kikaha has a history of knee injuries and many are concerned with his athleticism yet no one questions his ability to disrupt the action and consistently make plays behind the line of scrimmage." Rotoworld's Josh Norris lauded Kikaha last week, writing: "Unlike many prospects, Kikaha uses his hands very well on first contact. He is able to control his opponent at the point of attack, and either work inside or take an outside angle with bend to turn the corner. Hand use is also the reason Kikaha flashed success when rushing from the inside."
Sep 15 - 6:15 PM

Washington junior off LOS LB Shaq Thompson scored on an interception and fumble recovery in the school's 44-19 win over Illinois.

The fumble was returned 52 yards and the interception was for 36 yards. Thompson projects very well to the current NFL, since he will likely play a combo linebacker/safety role. Some might struggle to find a "base" position for Thompson, but teams are in nickel/dime nearly or more than 50 percent of the time. Thompson is also being used as a running back this season.
Sep 14 - 11:18 AM

Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha registered three sacks in the school's 44-19 win over Illinois.

Kikaha posted one sack in each of the school's first two games of the season. Washington has plenty of individual talent on defense, but this was the first time it all came together. Kikaha has transitioned from a three-point stance to rushing sometimes from a stand up role, but his main objective should not be much different: disrupt the backfield. His production is much more symbolic of his skills than teammate Danny Shelton's.
Sep 14 - 10:59 AM

Washington junior TE Joshua Perkins is considered week-to-week with an undisclosed injury.

Sophomore Darrell Daniels and senior Michael Hartvigson are now atop the school's depth chart at tight end. Perkins missed last week's game against Eastern Washington, but head coach Chris Petersen told reporters he could play this week against Illinois.
Sep 10 - 9:53 AM

Hype is growing around Washington junior LB/S Shaq Thompson, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"NFL scouts have been buzzing about Thompson's dynamic abilities since he stepped into the spotlight as a standout freshman for the Huskies," Brooks wrote. "The hype is certainly growing after the 6-foot-1, 228-pound junior delivered spectacular production on both sides of the ball during a surprisingly close battle against an FCS opponent. Thompson tallied 14 tackles, a sack and one tackle for loss, while also chipping in 66 rushing yards on three carries as a spot player at running back. Given his effectiveness as a two-way threat, Thompson deserves a mention on a list of top performers." Thompson (4.56 forty) rumbled 57 yards for a touchdown in the nail biter against Eastern Washington. He's a divisive prospect. Some see a sure-fire Round 1 pick, some, such as TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline (who graded Thompson as a Rounds 4-5 prospect), don't see a clear position fit at the next level.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 9 - 4:53 PM

Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters has been suspended for Saturday's game against Illinois, according to beat writer Adam Jude.

Peters has been suspended over a "sideline tantrum" that took place in the school's 59-52 win over Eastern Washington. "Peters did not practice with the team Monday morning," Jude writes. Head coach Chris Petersen benched Peters after he received a penalty for head butting an Eastern Washington receiver. The mental error took place after a third-down stop. Peters then argued with assistant coaches and threw his equipment on the ground. Petersen did not address the reported a suspension on Monday, only saying discipline will stay in-house.
Sep 9 - 9:39 AM

Washington senior DT Danny Shelton has recorded 7.5 tackles for loss, including six sacks, during the first two games of the season.

Shelton is a massive 6'1/327 lbs defensive tackle who many pegged as a two-gapping run stuffer up front. However, these numbers suggest Shelton can make an impact in the opponents' backfield. We have yet to watch the games against Hawaii and Eastern Washington, but the Huskies' defense is loaded despite giving up a combined 68 points.
Source: NCAA
Sep 8 - 11:04 AM

In his first start of the season, Washington sophomore QB Cyler Miles threw for one touchdown and ran for three more in a 59-52 win against Eastern Washington.

Miles, suspended for the opener, completed 14-of-24 passes for 180 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. The Huskies needed a big game from Miles to hold off a game EWU squad that saw quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. throw for a career-high 475 yards and seven touchdowns. UW backup QB Jeff Lindquist completed just 10-of-26 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in a 17-16 squeaker over Hawaii in Week 1, opening the door for Miles to seize the job. Saturday's performance should do the trick in that regard.
Sep 7 - 9:53 PM

Washington junior LB/S Shaq Thompson made his debut as a running back in Saturday's 59-52 nail biter against Eastern Washington.

His first drive on offense couldn't have gone much better, as the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder trucked 57 yards for a touchdown. Thompson (4.56 forty) finished with 66 yards on three carries. He's a three-down linebacker who can also play well as a cage-rattling safety, and, as he displayed today, be a dangerous running back. This versatility has perhaps made Thompson a controversial prospect, due to the perception that he hasn't mastered any one spot. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, for instance, graded Thompson as a Rounds 4-5 prospect earlier this summer, while CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranked him as the No. 17 overall prospect heading into the season.
Sep 6 - 8:50 PM

A Seattle Times story portrayed Washington's confidence in new starting sophomore QB Cyler Miles.

"You’ve seen him at Oregon State; you’ve seen him come in at UCLA and almost win it for us. And it’s a different swagger when he’s out there," junior WR Jaydon Mickens said. "He’s another Keith Price. He’s changing plays, he’s reading coverages, he’s faking the defense out with this, that." Miles, suspended for the opener, completed 30-of-46 passes for 311 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in games last season against UCLA and Oregon State. "[Miles] gives the receivers opportunities," senior WR Kasen Williams said. "He gives the receivers chances. There’s some times where it may seem like we’re covered, but if you just throw a competitive ball, a 50-50 ball, who’s going to come down with it? Compared to Jeff [Lindquist], Jeff’s ball’s a lot harder and a lot tighter than Cyler’s is. But Cyler’s ball is in the air for a little bit longer, so he throws it with anticipation."
Sep 3 - 9:01 PM

Washington sophomore QB Cyler Miles has been reinstated from suspension and will start against Eastern Washington this weekend.

Huskies' coach Chris Petersen announced the news Monday. Miles was allegedly involved in a pair of assaults over the winter and was suspended for the opener. Jeff Lindquist had a chance to run away with the job, but completed just 10-of-26 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in a 17-16 squeaker over Hawaii. "He's done everything right, without question, or he wouldn't be with us," Petersen said of Miles at Pac-12 Media Days. "Guys make mistakes, we all know that, certainly in that age group. We always say that the age group we're dealing with, for the most part, is the dumbest age group in America."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 7:46 PM

Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha is not afraid of tearing his left ACL for the third time.

"There was a lot of mental growth, the injuries taught me to be patient," Kikaha told CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. "...The injuries taught me to invest more in the program, allowed me to get coached up in the film room." The edge rusher discussed his new role at Buck linebacker in the Huskies' odd front defense. "The 3-4 allows more 1-on-1 opportunities so I can make plays and be freed up. I spent a lot of time at the "4i" position and strong end last year so it's not too far off." Brugler spoke with one NFC North scout who said Kikaha's medicals will be imperative to his evaluation.
Source: CBS Sports
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