HONOLULU — Washington’s shuffled offensive line had to be shuffled again for the Huskies’ season opener against Hawaii on Saturday night.
Senior right tackle Ben Riva was limited in fall camp by an apparent knee injury. He dressed in full uniform Saturday and wore a brace on his right knee during pregame warmups, but his usual starting job went to redshirt freshman Coleman Shelton.
Shelton had drawn praise from new line coach Chris Strausser since the spring, and the 6-foot-4, 281-pound Shelton made his UW debut as the starter at right tackle.
The Huskies returned their starting offensive line intact from a year ago, but Strausser tinkered with the lineup throughout fall camp, eventually settling on a new center and a new right guard.
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Senior Colin Tanigawa made his first career start at center Saturday after starting at guard the past two seasons. James Atoe, listed at 6 feet 7, 381 pounds, took over as the starter at right guard.
Freshman sensation Budda Baker started for UW at free safety, as expected. In a bit of a surprise, sophomore Kevin King started at strong safety, ahead of sophomores Brandon Beaver and Trevor Walker.
Baker, the former Bellevue High School star, gave up two pass completions on Hawaii’s opening touchdown drive.
Hawaii was to pay Washington $400,000 for the Huskies’ trip to play in Honolulu, a UW spokesman said.
UW is scheduled to also pay Hawaii the same amount for the Rainbow Warriors’ scheduled visit to Husky Stadium in 2019.
Per NCAA rules, a team that plays a road game at Hawaii is granted an extra home game that season. This year, the Huskies will play four nonconference games — instead of the usual three — and they will be home for the next month, with games against Eastern Washington (Sept. 6), Illinois (Sept. 13) and Georgia State (Sept. 20) before the Sept. 27 Pac-12 opener against Stanford at Husky Stadium.
As part of its membership agreement in the Mountain West Conference (and Big West for other sports), Hawaii also pays for opposing teams’ travel to Honolulu, an amount that totaled $2.2 million last year.
|All home games at Husky Stadium in Seattle.|
|Aug. 31||at Hawaii||W, 17-16|
|Sept. 6||Eastern Wash.||Noon, Pac-12|
|Sept. 13||Illinois||1 p.m., Ch. 13|
|Sept. 20||Georgia State||TBA|
|Oct. 11||at Cal||TBA|
|Oct. 18||at Oregon||TBA|
|Oct. 25||Ariz. St.||TBA|
|Nov. 1||at Colo.||TBA|
|Nov. 15||at Ariz.||TBA|
|Nov. 22||Oregon St.||TBA|
|Nov. 29||at WSU||TBA|
|Note: All times subject to change. Pac-12 championship game is Dec. 5 at the 49ers stadium.|