A reader asked recently if I could provide a list of where certain UW players stand in terms of breaking school records.
With the lull before the bowl, it’s the perfect time to review some of those numbers. Keep in mind, though, that bowl games count in the official stats now, so what happens against Baylor in the Alamo Bowl Dec. 29 can impact these stats. That was a change made a few years ago, with schools going back and retroactively adjusting numbers in past years. It’s also worth remembering that everyone is playing 12 games now, so stats that are simply totals for seasons and careers are a little easier to reach these days. But the stats are what they are and the players reaching some of these milestones are more than deserving.
So here’s a breakdown of a few numbers by player:
— The junior running back, pictured above against WSU in the Apple Cup, is closing in a few records: Polk has 3,902 yards, which is 204 behind Napoleon Kaufman for the school record.
— He has 1,341 yards this season which is fifth on the all-time single-season list. He had 1,415 last year, which is second behind Corey Dillon’s 1,695 in 1996. So Polk could easily have two of the top three seasons in school history by the end of the Alamo Bowl.
— He is averaging 111.8 yards per game this year, which is sixth in school history, just ahead of his 108.9 last year and Hugh McElhenny’s 110.7 of 1950. Next on the list is Rashaan Shehee at 117.2 in 1997 (the school record is 141.3 by Dillon in 1996).
— And with an average of 100.5 yards per game for his career, he is first in school history (Dillon played too few games to qualify for any career records). Second on the list is McElHenny at 89.3.
— Polk also has 15 touchdowns this season, tied for fifth on the single-season list. Next is McElhenny and Chuck Carroll (1928) with 17 each. Dillon’s 25 in 1996 are the record.
— Polk has 29 touchdowns in his career to rank tied with Locker for eighth. Shehee and Bailey are next with 30. George Wilson (1923-25) has the school record with 38, followed by Joe Steele (76-79) with 37.
— Price, a sophomore quarterback, has already set the school single-season record for TD passes with 29, breaking the mark of Cody Pickett’s 28 in 2002.
— His pass efficiency rating of 157.91 is also the best in school history, ahead of the 156.761 of Brock Huard in 1997.
— His 67.4 completion percentage is also a school record, ahead of the 65 percent of Steve Pelluer in 1983.
— His 2,625 yards is sixth on the single-season list, but he could move up to third pretty easily. Third right now is Jake Locker with 2,800 in 2009. Second is Pickett with 3,043 in 2003. First and unreachable for now is Pickett’s 4,458 in 2002.
(And worth noting Price hasn’t played in enough games or thrown enough passes yet to rank on career lists for percentages, averages, etc.).
— Kearse, a senior receiver, has 28 receiving touchdowns to remain second in UW history behind Mario Bailey’s 30 (and recall that one apparent receiving TD this year against Arizona was deemed a lateral and ruled a run, so Kearse has one of UW’s 14 rushing touchdowns this season — all but four of which are by Polk).
— Kearse has 179 receptions, No. 2 on the career list, far behind Reggie Williams’ 243.
— He also has 2,734 yards, also second behind Williams’ 3,598.
— Folk, a senior kicker, has made all 116 point-after attempts in his UW career. That total puts him third behind John Anderson’s 169 from 1999-2002, Travis Hanson’s 140 from 1990-93, and Jeff Jaeger’s 130 from 1983-86.
— Only one other career has made all of his PATs — Mike Lansford, who was 73-73 in the 1978-79 seasons.
— Folk’s 42 career field goals made are fourth on the career list behind Jaeger (86), Anderson (68) and Chuck Nelson (61).
— Folk is 42-56 on field goals for his career, a 75 percent success rate that is third all-time behind Nelson (61-75, 81.3) and Jaeger (85-105, 81.0).
— The senior punter is quietly closing in on leaving school as the best punter — statistically, anyway — in UW history.
— He has an average of 45.1 this year on 36 attempts that would shatter the school record he set last season of 43.8 (UW’s record book says punters have to attempt 30 or more punts to qualify, so Rasp has enough).
— Rasp’s career average of 44.6 on 104 attempts is also a school record — second is Sean Douglas (2003-06) at 42.8.