With Trey Adams out for the season, the Huskies' new-look line has not allowed a sack in the past two games.
The Huskies are doing what they can do adapt with depleted depth in the passing game. Their offensive line has had to make adjustments, too.
“Heck, every week have a guy go down,” UW right tackle Kaleb McGary said. “So the expectation is, if you’re (next man) up you’d better know what you’re doing, because all eyes on you, man. Now you are the starter. You are the one. That’s the mindset our guys have really adopted when it’s, ‘Holy crap, it really could be me in three days who’s starting.’”
The next guy up at left tackle last week was redshirt freshman Luke Wattenberg, who made his first career start in the Huskies 38-3 victory over Oregon. With Wattenberg taking over at left tackle, senior Andrew Kirkland shifted to left guard in place of Jesse Sosebee.
All that shuffling was precipitated by the season-ending knee injury to all-Pac-12 left tackle Trey Adams last month.
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“I thought those two guys did a nice job,” UW coach Chris Petersen said. “I don’t think anybody on our entire line played completely clean, but I thought those guys both had good games. We were pleased with how they stepped up.
“It was good to get Luke in there for a full game. He knew he was going to start, and I thought he did a really nice job. And of course ‘The Fireman’ (Kirkland) always does a nice job, wherever we put him.”
The line has played well in two full games without Adams. Jake Browning was not sacked at all against UCLA and Oregon, and the Huskies are averaging 6.98 yards per play the last two games.
NOTE: Browning has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. He’s joined by three other Pac-12 quarterbacks: WSU’s Luke Falk, USC’s Sam Darnold and Arizona’s Khalil Tate.