Nine games. Nine losses. Washington’s struggles against Oregon continued Saturday, with the Huskies falling to the No. 2 Ducks, 52-21, at Autzen Stadium. The program has lost each game during the streak by at least 17 points and, with No. 11 USC traveling to Seattle this week, the Huskies have to recover quickly.
As Washington works to get back on track, here is a look at this week’s top 10 Huskies, focusing on who played well against Oregon, and who needs to play better against the Trojans this week:
1. RB Bishop Sankey
Injuries thrust Sankey into the role of Washington’s featured back, and the sophomore has embraced it. He picked up his third straight 100-yard game, finishing with 25 carries for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
2. LB Travis Feeney
Feeney showed Saturday he brings a mean streak to the Huskies’ defense. The redshirt freshman piled up 12 tackles -- 10 solo -- which was tied for the team lead.
3. S Shaq Thompson
The true freshman continues to look more comfortable with each game he plays. He picked off a pass on the Ducks’ opening drive and finished with eight tackles.
4. QB Keith Price
The Huskies continue to wait for the junior to truly get on track. For Washington to recover and knock off USC, the program needs its quarterback to deliver. Against Oregon, he was 19 of 31 for 145 yards. He threw two interceptions -- one was returned for a touchdown -- and lost a fumble.
5. C Drew Schaefer
There were signs of improvement from the offensive line against Oregon, with the Huskies rushing for 208 yards and three touchdowns. However, pass protection continues to be an issue as this group grows.
6. S Sean Parker
The junior safety matched Thompson in tackles, finishing tied for the team lead with 12.
7. CB Desmond Trufant
Before the game got out of hand, Trufant deflected a pass that resulted in Thompson’s interception. He also had a pass breakup and finished with five tackles.
8. WR Kasen Williams
While the sophomore led Washington in receiving with six catches for 48 yards, he did drop a pass early. If the Huskies are going to upset the Trojans, they need Williams to turn in a few more big plays.
9. WR Jaydon Mickens
While the special-teams play fans will remember is Marvin Hall’s muffed punt in the first quarter, Mickens quietly put together a solid performance in the return game. He finished with 140 yards of total offense, returning five kickoffs for 127 yards -- 31 coming on one return. He also caught two passes for 13 yards.
10. LB Cory Littleton
The true freshman made his first start in tough conditions, on the road, in a hostile environment and finished with six tackles -- one for loss.