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December 2, 2007 at 11:35 AM

Grading the game

Sorry for the delay but here they are:
QUARTERBACK: Pretty typical Jake Locker game — he again opened up a lot with his running but missed on a few throws that might have made a big difference, such as the long pass to a wide-open Anthony Russo late in the second quarter that might have put the Huskies ahead 35-14. Instead, Hawaii then came down to make it 28-21 before halftime. Locker knows it as well as anybody, but he obviously needs to work on his accuracy in the off-season to take that next step. GRADE: B.
RUNNING BACKS: Louis Rankin had a few great runs and finished with a solid day — 145 yards. But like the rest of the offensive players, he didn’t have much of anywhere to go in the second half — he was 9-43 in the second half after 12-102 in the first. Luke Kravitz and Paul Homer ran strong in goal-line situations in that heady first half when things seemed to be going so well. GRADE: B-plus.
RECEIVERS: Other than the drop by Marcel Reece, not a bad day considering that they weren’t used a lot at times. Quintin Daniels might have been the hero of the day had the officials not overuled that play, where Locker was said to be over the line. But looking at Hawaii’s receivers all night also made it evident there’s a little bit of a difference between a standout crew like that one and UW’s. GRADE: B-minus.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Great for a quarter, then pretty good but not quite to the dominating level the Huskies needed to put together one or two more drives to put the game away. UW as held to 72 yards rushing on 20 carries in the second half. The third-quarter series where UW had a second-and-one following a Hawaii penalty and couldn’t get it on two runs showed that the tide was turning. GRADE: B.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Like so many areas, good early as UW got a lot of pressure early, which seemed to wane a bit as the game went on. Daniel Te’o-Nesheim (five tackles, sack) had a nice game in his home state as did Wilson Afoa (two TFLs). But Greyson Gunheim again struggled. And ultimately, it wasn’t good enough. GRADE: C-plus.
LINEBACKERS: Just repeat what I wrote about. Some nice moments at times, especially early, but seemed to wear down late, missing some tackles and not in position to make plays on short routes. GRADE: C.
SECONDARY: A bit torn on this one. Hawaii has some great receivers and the Huskies basically held the Warriors to their average (450), allowing 442 passing yards. Given UW’s struggles in other games, I actually thought the secondary played better at times given the opponent and setting. But ultimately it’s the final results that matter and the Huskies didn’t get it done. GRADE: C-minus.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Some decent moments (a long return by Rankin to start the game) but the blocked field goal was a killer and indicative of this team just not seeming able to make the key play at the right time. GRADE: C.
COACHING: For a quarter, this looked like one of the best coaching jobs seen in a long time. Considering the long travel day Friday, coming off the Apple Cup loss, and coming into this setting, UW’s first-quarter run was really impressive. But the last three quarters unfortunately revived all the criticisms of this staff — getting beaten in the second half, the team just seeming unable to make key plays when most needed, etc. There’s no question the message of this coaching staff got through to this team until the end — the effort was never a question this season. So the question may be whether the message is good enough. GRADE: C-minus.



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