Washington star free safety Budda Baker injured his left ankle on the game’s opening series and did not return in the Huskies’ 31-17 victory over Utah State on Saturday. UW coach Chris Petersen said after the game that he did not know the severity of the injury.
Washington star free safety Budda Baker injured his left ankle on the game’s opening series and did not return in the Huskies’ 31-17 victory over Utah State on Saturday.
UW coach Chris Petersen said after the game that he did not know the severity of the injury. Baker, the former Bellevue High standout, was seen walking gingerly on the sideline throughout the first half.
As a true freshman last year, Baker played more snaps than any Husky player — nearly 1,100 in all — and through the first two games this season he was again playing the most snaps on the team.
Redshirt freshman safety Jojo McIntosh replaced Baker on the field, with senior Brian Clay then shifting over from strong safety to free safety for most of the game.
“Jojo went out there and did a pretty good job of executing and knowing what he’s supposed to do,” UW defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski said. “You always hate to see them go down, but it’s next guy up, man. You’ve got to pick that flag up and go.”
Three games into the season, UW coaches blew up the offensive line.
Among the wholesale changes, true freshman Trey Adams, redshirt freshman Kaleb McGary and redshirt freshman Jesse Sosebee made their first career starts at left tackle, right tackle and right guard, respectively.
The changes were made in part because junior left guard Jake Eldrenkamp, the Bellevue High product, was injured in practice during the week, Petersen said.
Adams replaced sophomore Coleman Shelton, who moved from left tackle to left guard. McGary took over for redshirt freshman Matt James and Sosebee replaced junior Shane Brostek. Senior Siosifa Tufunga remained at center.
The revamped O-line had difficulty running the ball (51 yards), but surrendered only one sack and provided plenty of time for quarterback Jake Browning, who finished with 368 yards on 22-of-31 passing and three touchdowns.
“I thought those kids from my vantage point did a nice job,” Petersen said. “I’m anxious to go look at the film and see how it really was.”
A kick trick
In practice, Tristan Vizcaino rarely scored on a fake field-goal play that requires him to retrieve a snap and run into the end zone.
However, the Huskies’ backup placekicker overcame pre-snap jitters, caught a direct snap and ran untouched for a 2-yard touchdown that gave the Huskies a 17-3 lead late in the second quarter.
“In practice we got stuffed almost every time,” Vizcaino said. “It was good that it worked out this time.”
It was the first touchdown by a Husky kicker since at least 1974, according to UW records available.
•Backup quarterback Jeff Lindquist reprised his role as a Wildcat fullback, carrying seven times for 16 yards.
It was Lindquist’s lost fumble near the goal line that led to Utah State’s final touchdown, a 97-yard fumble return by Jontrell Rocquemore in the fourth quarter.
“We’ll just keep tweaking and figuring out what we think he can (do),” Petersen said of Lindquist. “He’s a big, strong, fast guy and he can throw the ball. So he’ll have a unique role with us. To say exactly what it is — it’s going to change all the time. … I think we can be creative with him.”