Washington, with third-year head coach -- and one-time USC assistant -- Steve Sarkisian, is coming off a 34-17 loss to Oregon on Saturday in the last home game at Husky Stadium, which will undergo major renovations during the 2012 season.
The Huskies offense, which is No. 13 nationally in passing efficiency (156.4, No. 3 in Pac-12), features the one-two punch of sophomore QB Keith Price (181-of-271, 66.8 percent, 2,133 yards, 25 TDs, 10 INTs) and junior TB Chris Polk (207 carries, 1,096 yds, 5.3 avg, 9 TDs, plus 24 receptions, 280 yds, 11.7 avg, 3 TDs). Price is 14th nationally in passing efficiency (156.0, No. 3 in the Pac-12), while Polk is seventh in rushing (121.8 yards per game, No. 2 in Pac-12) and 16th in all-purpose running (152.9, No. 4 in Pac-12). Price's 25 TD passes in 2011 are second on the UW season list and three shy of the school record. Polk has 18 career 100-yard rushing games, including seven in 2011, and has eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the third straight season. His 3,657 career rushing yards ranks him second on the school’s list.
Top UW receivers are senior WRs Jermaine Kearse (34 rec, 419 yds, 12.3 avg, 6 TDs), who is second on the school’s lists for career receptions (171), receiving yards (2,652) and receiving TDs (28), and Devin Aguilar (30 rec, 461 yds, 15.4 avg, 3 TDs) and junior WR James Johnson (26 rec, 330 yds, 12.7 avg, 3 TDs).
Senior ILB Cort Dennison (81 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 1 sack, 1 INT, 2 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble), the Pac-12’s top tackler (9.0 tackles per game), and sophomore SS Sean Parker (58 tackles, 1 for loss, 2 int, 1 dfl) are among the Huskies’ defensive leaders.
Senior PK Erik Folk (9-of-11 FGs, 38-of-38 PATs) is a veteran kicker.
- info courtesy USC Sports Information