Monday Rewind with UW coach Kalen DeBoer

The Washington simply dominated the Michigan State Spartans Saturday night in East Lansing. The game was supposed to be a tough test for the Huskies. Going into a hostile environment against a tough physical team. The Huskies were never tested and dominated the Spartans.

While he was pleased with his team’s 41-7 dominating performance over Michigan State Husky head coach Kalen DeBoer was quick to point out that there was room for improvement.

Jalen DeBoer says team has been continual improving and must continue to do so.

The news wasn’t all good on Monday. De Boer announced during Monday’s press conference that cornerback Davon Banks and sixth-year center Matteo Mele would miss the rest of the season due to upper body injuries.

“It’s really unfortunate,” DeBoer said. “Davon along with Matteo are guys that have poured a lot into their preparation to get ready to play, not just this season, but Matteo has been doing it for many years here. So I feel super bad for the situation that they have.”

Mele started the first two games for the Huskies this season and suffered the injury during the Tulsa game. Banks saw extensive play time in the Huskies’ home opener against Bosie State and followed that with a season-best performance in the Tulsa when he recorded two tackles and four breakups. Ironically both players were injured in the Tulsa game. Mele was replaced by redshirt freshman Parker Brailsford who moved to center from his right guard position. The lone bright spot on the injury front according to DeBoer was regarding the status of Senior Safety Asa Turner DeBoer said Turner’s injury is week to week and that he would be doubtful for Saturday’s game against Cal.


In addition to Kalen Deboer offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb and co-defensive coordinator and linebacker coach William Inge spoke to the media. Inge was asked about the defense’s ability to shut down the Spartans running game.

“I think one of the things that probably worked well for us was, number one, our level of preparation. Our players were really keyed into being on-point when it comes to their preparation and we really had them ready for the physicality that they had to be able to bring because when you hear about the aura of the Big Ten play, it’s going to be a physical game and we said, we really commended our guys that we wanted to be the more physical team in the trenches.”

The Huskies racked up 713 yards of total offense against Michigan State. That number is the second most in Husky history just behind the 734 yards set in 1996 against San Jose State. While he had no idea what the offensive numbers would be Grubb said the way the team practice leading up to the Michigan State game gave him confidence.

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