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NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter notes that Washington junior S Budda Baker "mirrored receivers perfectly" during the Pac-12 Championship Game.

"Even though Baker is not very big (listed at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds)," Reuter wrote, "there's no doubting his tackling ability and physicality. He will come into the play hard and wrap up whenever possible." Baker's 2016 campaign through 13 games has seen him record 64 tackles (8.5 for loss), two sacks and a pair of interceptions. Reuter colleague Daniel Jeremiah has comped the Washington standout to Earl Thomas and Tyrann Mathieu, similarly undersized safeties now in the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 6 - 2:45 PM

Washington junior S Budda Baker "is an undersized safety in the mold of Earl Thomas and Tyrann Mathieu," writes NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah.

In Washington's Rd. 1 Playoff matchup against Alabama, Baker will square off against stud TE O.J. Howard. "These are two of my favorite players in the country and they'll see plenty of each other in this matchup," Jeremiah wrote. "[Baker] He has the athleticism to match up with Howard but his lack of height could be an issue."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 5 - 3:20 PM

Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington were selected into the College Football Playoff.

The No. 1 Crimson Tide will face the No. 4 Huskies in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 31. On the same day, the No. 2 Tigers will take on the No. 3 Buckeyes in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. This year's spurned party is No. 5 Penn State, the Big Ten champion who beat Wisconsin 38-31 on Saturday and had a victory over Ohio State earlier this season. Michigan finished No. 6. This will be Alabama's third straight Playoff appearance, Clemson and Ohio State's second straight, and Washington's first.
Source: ESPN
Dec 4 - 12:54 PM

Washington senior WR John Ross caught four passes for 51 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 41-10 Pac-12 Championship win over Colorado.

The 5-foot-11, 179-pound Ross now sports a 76-1122-17 line, with that touchdown figure leading the conference. An NFC scout said earlier this season that Ross has the potential to "end up being a better pro than Brandin Cooks." The Huskies await word from the College Football Playoff committee. We think they'll be tabbed, as the No. 4 seed, to play No. 1 Alabama in an opening-round game.
Dec 4 - 11:58 AM

Washington sophomore QB Jake Browning completed 9-of-24 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's 41-10 win over Colorado in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Not the smoothest of games for Browning, who averaged just 4.9 YPA. That is a far cry from the 9.6 YPA mark that he had been rolling to entering Friday's conference title bout. One of Browning's touchdown passes probably shouldn't have even been, save for the fact that John Ross can defy physics. The play in question occurred with 5:21 remaining in the third quarter. Browning was attempting to set up a play to the left and received pressure almost immediately. He smartly tried to flip the ball out of bounds as he was going down on a would-be sack, only for a Johnny-on-the-spot Ross to pluck the pass out of the air with one hand and race into the end zone for a 19-yard score. Browning finishes up his pre-bowl campaign having thrown for 3,280 yards with a 42/7 TD/INT ratio.
Dec 3 - 12:57 AM

Washington sophomore RB Myles Gaskin rushed for 159 yards on 29 carries in Friday's 41-10 win over Colorado in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

For just the fourth time in 13 games this season, Gaskin failed to rush for a touchdown. He served as a consistent force out of the backfield, though, averaging 5.5 YPC with a long run of 12 yards. Lavon Coleman also chipped in with 101 yards rushing (plus a touchdown). The 5-foot-9, 192-pound Gaskin has now rushed for 1,339 yards and 10 touchdowns. With the Pac-12 title in hand, Washington will wait for Sunday's selection show to see if their 12-1 campaign was enough to push them to the Playoff.
Dec 3 - 12:40 AM

The new College Football Playoff rankings list Washington at No. 4 and Michigan at No. 5.

Undefeated Alabama remains No. 1. Ohio State, which stayed No. 2 after its narrow victory over Michigan on Saturday, is followed in the rankings by Clemson. The Wolverines need some help to get in. They'll be watching conference title games this weekend featuring Alabama (SEC), Clemson (ACC) and Washington (Pac-12). The Big 10 title game, meanwhile, is between Wisconsin and Penn State, listed No. 6 and 7 in the CFB Playoff rankings.
Source: ESPN
Nov 30 - 2:28 PM

Washington sophomore QB Jake Browning has been named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year.

Well deserved hardware for Browning, here. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound sophomore took a quantum leap forward this season and finished up the 12-game regular season with 3,162 yards passing (65% completions) with a 40/7 TD/INT ratio. He also added four rushing touchdowns. He threw for at least three touchdowns in eight games and posted three games of at least five passing touchdowns. An appearance at Heisman festivities next month is not out of the question, though Browning should be considered a dark horse to actually win the award.
Nov 29 - 4:11 PM

Washington junior LB Keishawn Bierria is dealing with a minor undisclosed injury.

While Bierria might be dinged up right now, HC Chris Petersen said, "We think he'll be ready to roll. We hope." The exact nature and circumstance of the 6-foot-1, 220-pound junior's ailment has not been made public. To date, he has played in all 12 of Washington's games, registering 57 tackles (4.0 for loss), two sacks and a remarkable five fumbles recovered. Plus two fumbles forced.
Nov 28 - 5:41 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said that he felt "pretty confident" that Washington would be among the Playoff combatants if they win Friday's Pac-12 Championship game.

Predictably, Petersen was relatively mum on the Huskies' Playoff chances, saying only that he "feel[s] pretty good" and "pretty confident" that if Washington defeats Colorado on Friday, they will be one of four to head to the big New Year's Eve dance. "We’ve got a big hurdle there," Petersen said, "and if we can get over that hurdle, yeah."
Nov 28 - 4:49 PM

Washington sophomore RB Myles Gaskin rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Friday's 45-17 win over Washington State.

Gaskin did score from two yards out to open the game's scoring in the first quarter, but he finished with a relatively quiet game overall. Lavon Coleman proved to be the more effective back here, rushing for 82 yards and two scores on just 10 carries. For his season as a whole, the 5-foot-9, 192-pound Gaskin has wound his way to 1,180 yards and 10 touchdowns through 12 games.
Nov 25 - 7:39 PM

Washington sophomore QB Jake Browning completed 21-of-29 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns in Friday's 45-17 win over Washington State in the Apple Cup.

Browning and the Huskies turned in a pretty definitive victory on a rainy day in Pullman, Washington, essentially ending all suspense by drowning Wazzu with a flurry of first-quarter touchdowns. Washington would hold a 28-3 advantage after one quarter and coasted from that point onward. All three of Browning's touchdown passes came in that killer quarter, splitting them between usual suspects Dante Pettis (two touchdown grabs) and John Ross III (one touchdown haul). With the three touchdown tosses, Browning is now up to an even 40 through 12 games. Now that they have sealed up the Pac-12 North, they will await the results of Saturday's contests between USC/Notre Dame and Colorado/Utah. Colorado will win the South with a victory, but things become more interesting should Utah pull the upset. That, coupled with a USC victory, would give the Pac-12 South to the Trojans.
Nov 25 - 7:26 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says NFL teams are "salivating over" Washington CB Kevin King's measurables and "King plays to them, physically beating down opponents to defend passes."

King had an interception in Saturday's victory over Arizona State. "Long speed is a concern and pre-draft forty times are critical but as told to me by one insider, King is a typical Seattle Seahawks type of cornerback who will be selected during the second day of the draft," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3 1/2, 190-pound King has broken up 10 passes this year.
Nov 23 - 6:28 PM

Washington junior CB Darren Gardenhire posted to Instagram that he will transfer.

In his social media posting, Gardenhire referred to his transfer decision as a "real tough choice." In eight games this season, the 6-foot, 180-pound junior has recorded 13 tackles (1.5 for loss), a sack, an interception and a forced fumble. This counts as a depth blow for Washington in advance of their Friday Apple Cup showdown with Washington State.
Nov 21 - 1:41 PM

Washington junior WR Dante Pettis caught seven passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 44-18 win over Arizona State.

Once again, Pettis and John Ross proved to be a potent receiving duo. Pettis led the team with his 105 yards receiving, while Ross led the team in receptions with 12 (he would finish with 95 yards on those grabs). For his part, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Pettis has caught 46 passes for 701 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Nov 19 - 11:22 PM


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