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The Washington Top 10: Week 3

9/17/2012

SEATTLE -- Washington needed more than a win against Portland State. The Huskies needed a dominant performance to prove to themselves they were better than their lopsided loss at LSU.

They took a step in that direction Saturday, jump-starting their offense during a 52-13 victory over the Vikings.

Washington now has a week off before beginning a brutal stretch that includes games against four ranked Pac-12 opponents -- No. 9 Stanford, No. 3 Oregon, No. 13 USC and No. 22 Arizona.

As the Huskies begin their bye week, here is a look at who played well against Portland State:

1. QB Keith Price

After throwing three touchdowns against the Vikings, Price has moved into fourth place on Washington’s career list for touchdown passes with 39. The junior completed 14 of 19 passes for 181 yards.

2. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Only a sophomore, Seferian-Jenkins is already up to No. 6 on Washington’s career list for catches by a tight end with 61. He finished Saturday’s game with five receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown.

3. C Drew Schaefer

With injuries forcing fresh faces to contribute, the senior’s role as the offensive line’s leader has become even more important.

4. WR Kasen Williams

If Price isn’t targeting Seferian-Jenkins, chances are he’s looking for Williams, who caught six passes for 69 yards and a touchdown on Saturday.

5. CB Desmond Trufant

When the senior is on the field, opposing quarterbacks typically prefer to pick on someone else. As a veteran in the secondary, Trufant will be called on to lead the Huskies’ defense through a difficult four-game stretch.

6. S Shaq Thompson

In his third Division I game, the freshman led the Huskies in tackles with seven – two for loss. He also blocked a field goal that Tre Watson returned 79 yards for a touchdown.

7. CB Tre Watson

Watson seemed to make at least one play in every practice throughout fall camp. That trend has continued during each Washington home game. After picking off a pass against San Diego State in Week 1, Watson returned a blocked field goal 79 yards for a touchdown against Portland State.

8. RB Bishop Sankey

After last week’s loss at LSU, the sophomore needed to build some confidence heading into the bye week. He took a step in that direction, gaining 103 yards on 14 carries. He scored two touchdowns.

9. K Travis Coons

The junior college transfer continues to grow in his role as the Huskies’ kicker. In addition to making a 41-yard field goal before halftime, he made all seven PATs.

10. CB Marcus Peters

While he did get burned for a 70-yard touchdown, the redshirt freshman returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown and blocked a PAT.