The staff of Writing Illini takes a look at the Illinois Fighting Illini’s Week Three match-up with the Washington Huskies. In this roundtable, the guys comb through the Washington roster and give their thoughts on who will be the most dangerous player for the Huskies on Saturday.
Austin: Keith Price, the quarterback for the Huskies, had a great start to his season, throwing for two touchdowns and 324 yards against the Boise State defense. He was able to get in a rhythm early, easily handing them a loss in their week one match up. If Price is given time in the pocket, he is a deadly accurate passer, and he will shred the defense with relative ease. If the Illini are able to get to him in the early part of the game and are able to keep him out of a rhythm, he will be of minimal risk to the Illini.
Rees: QB Keith Price is the most dangerous player for the Huskies. With him putting up 324 yards in the week one victory over Boise State, Price is clearly prepared for this season.
He is a veteran quarterback that is not afraid to throw the ball. The Illini defense has to stay strong in the middle.
Ryan: Junior RB Bishop Sankey is the man the Illini need to bottle up if they want to have any chance of stopping the Huskies in their tracks on Saturday. While it’s true QB Keith Price is a dynamic QB, Sankey has the ability to take over the game should Price struggle. In the Huskies opener against Boise St., Sankey rushed for 161 yards and 2 TDs against a Broncos D that returned six of their top 9 tacklers from a unit that finished the season ranked #12 in total defense in the country at the end of last season.
A year ago Sankey rushed for 1,439 yards and 16 TD, averaging 5.0 yards per carry in the process behind a patchwork offensive line. This season the Huskies return 4 starters on the line, so it only makes sense that Sankey was as effective as he was in the opener, and the O Lines veteran presence will also be a major reason why he will most likely continue to find success the rest of the way.
Ricky: On Monday, I would have said Bishop Sankey is the most important Husky this week. However, if Price gets going, there might be a different Husky that torches the Illini. That play is tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Seferian-Jenkins did not play for the Huskies in the Boise State game, but is ready to go this week against Illinois. Austin is a Preseason All-American and, if Price can get going, expect Austin to be his “go to” guy.
What do you think, Illini Nation? Who will be Washington’s most dangerous player on Saturday?
The Writing Illini staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer along with staff writers, Austin Jabs, Rees Woodcock, and Ryan Kraemer.
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