Linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven might be the most unassuming of all the impact players on the standout defense for No. 16 Washington. He doesn’t seek attention and he doesn’t celebrate every play he makes. All he does is make tackles. Burr-Kirven is No. 2 in the country in tackles heading into Friday’s Apple Cup against No. 7 Washington State.
Tryon made his first start for the Huskies last Saturday and at 6-feet-5 and 267 pounds has “really big upside,” coach Chris Petersen says.
Jake Browning has been the quarterback for more victories than any other player in Pac-12 Conference history.
Jake Browning threw for three touchdowns and Myles Gaskin rushed for 135 yards in the final home game of their careers, and No. 17 Washington scored 28 first-quarter points on its way to a 42-23 win over Oregon State on Saturday.
No. 17 Washington still has a legitimate shot at a more than acceptable consolation prize despite the disappointment of being knocked out of the College Football Playoff conversation by midseason. The Rose Bowl still carries significant meaning in these parts. The Huskies would find themselves in the Pac-12 title game playing for a chance to go to Pasadena as the conference champion with two more victories, starting with their game against Oregon State on Saturday.
This senior class has led the Huskies to 36 wins, just three wins shy of the school record over a four-year period.
UW co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake is not concerned about players looking ahead. “It is all in on beating Oregon State,” he says.
Ferocious on the field and calm in the classroom, Huskies LB Tevis Bartlett sticks to a hectic routine of balancing college, football and student teaching in order to pursue a career as an educator.
Jake Browning was angry and probably had every right to be. After four seasons as Washington’s starting quarterback, the last thing Browning expected was to be benched because of the Huskies’ offensive woes. Instead of letting the benching a week ago against California fester, Browning responded as Washington hoped, throwing one touchdown and running for another in the Huskies’ 27-23 victory over Stanford on Saturday.
Washington coach Chris Petersen says indications are that left tackle Trey Adams intends to return for a fifth season after missing most of this one because of a back injury.
Myles Gaskin returned after missing two games due to a shoulder injury to rush for 148 yards and one touchdown, and Washington built a big early lead before needing Taylor Rapp’s interception on the final play to beat Stanford 27-23.
Saturday’s Washington-Stanford loser will be saddled with three conference losses and will need a lot of help to catch division leader Washington State by the end of the regular season.