Dog Prints from Huskies 47-14 win over Eastern

The Washington Huskies won their ten straight home opener and extended their unbeaten home streak to 15 consecutive games with a  convincing 47 to 14 win over Eastern Washington Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium. Here a some thoughts from the game.

JACOB EASON IS A GAME PLAYER NOT A PRACTICE PLAYER

Why it’s not quite the old Allen Iverson quote about who needs practice,   Jacob Eason showed on Saturday  that he is better at games than he is at practice. Part of the delay in naming Eason as a starter by the Husky coaches  was that he  had a  good fall camp but not a great one. After watching the  former Lake Stevens High School star and Georgia transfer engineer scoring drives on four of the six  drives the  Husky had in the  first half it is evident  Eason is a prime-time player.

After redshirt freshman Richard Newton scored the game’s first touchdown on an impressive 23 scamper from the  wild cat formation in  which he lined up behind center , Eason tossed  two consecutive td passes to  Andre Baccellia for 50 yards and Aaron Fuller for 7yards to give the Huskies a 21-0 lead  with just under four minutes left in the first quarter. Eason finished the half with a ten-yard pass to Chico McClatcher for his third touchdown of the half.

Eason assessing his performance against Eastern

While Eastern Washington’s defense is nowhere close to that of the  California Golden Bears, the Huskies  opponent next week, Eason did all the right things to show   Petersen he made the right choice in naming him the starter. Eason was calm in the pocket, patient with his reads and no doubt showed he can sling the ball field and stretch defenses. Eason finished the game 36-27  for 349 yards and four touchdowns

THE HUSKIES RUNNING GAME IS OKAY

With  school career rushing leader Myles Gaskin long gone the  other question for Huskies was who and how will offensive coordinator Butch Hamden  make  up for the loss? On Saturday the answer was clear  in a form of a question. It not who but whom? Richard Newton’s 23-yard touchdown run from the wildcat formation was a small hint by the coaching staff.  Newton’s versatility ( 12-91) , Salvon Ahmed’s ( 15-51) speed, Sean McGrew’s (4-25)  quickness and  Malik Braxton’s (2-43)  power running will combine to form a multi-pronged Washington running attack. The Huskies  ran for 223 total yards

Chris Petersen on Richard Newton and running backs performance

HUSKY WIDE RECIEVERS ACCEPT CHALLENGE

The Husky receiving corps was publicly  challenged  multiple times this spring by Chris Petersen . The head coaches  expectations of the unit were clear,  go out and make plays early and often. On Saturday five different receivers had at least five catches for over  50 yards. Hunter Bryant ( 6-81), Andre Baccellia (5-84,1TD), Aaron Fuller (5-73, 2TD) and  Chico McClatcher (5-57,1TD) all answered the call to rise up and be accounted for.  For McClatcher just getting back on the field was a major huddle.

Chico McClatcher on offense setting the tone .

By having a receiving corps that is able to  stretch defenses vertically the Husky offense can improve on  last years red zone percentage of 56% which was 105th in the nation. On Saturday the Huskies were  five of six in the redzone.

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