DEPTH CHART: Week 4 vs. Georgia State – Kasen Williams, Coleman Shelton, Marcus Peters, and Sidney Jones

Wide receiver, Kasen Williams, makes a spectacular one-handed catch on a two-point conversion against EWU.

Wide receiver, Kasen Williams, makes a spectacular one-handed catch on a two-point conversion against EWU.

Key Thoughts:

  • Kasen Williams seems to have fully recovered from the broken leg he suffered last year, and as a result has risen to the top of the depth chart. In Coach Pete’s weekly Monday press conference he said that a deliberate effort will be made to get the ball to Williams more often moving forward. Williams is a veteran receiver with big play potential and the Huskies need him to step up.
  • Sliding down the wide receiver depth chart is Marvin Hall Jr. Hall has been listed as the starter the past three games and is now listed as the third string at that same position. When asked about the shake-up at the wide receiver position, Coach Pete said it is simply to reward the players that practice hard and deserve more reps during the games. The beneficiaries of this will certainly be Kasen Williams as well as true freshman Dante Pettis.
  • Senior right tackle, Ben Riva, is listed as the backup for the Huskies week 4 matchup against Georgia State. Riva has been battling a nagging injury throughout the first four weeks of the season. His replacement will continue to be redshirt freshman, Coleman Shelton, who has impressed the coaches with his performances.
  • Marcus Peters has rejoined the Husky Football team after serving his one-week suspension due to his sideline meltdown against Eastern Washington in week 2. Peters is still listed as the starting cornerback; however, don’t read too much into that as he was also listed as the starter last week even though he didn’t play a single snap. Husky Nation hopes that the talented Peters can find his way out of Coach Pete’s doghouse and have a bounce back performance against Georgia State.
  • Redshirt freshman cornerback, Jermaine Kelly, will likely miss the remainder of the season due to a freak injury in practice. Kelly underwent surgery yesterday morning to repair his broken ankle. This is a huge loss for the Huskies already-vulnerable secondary as Kelly was the starting corner opposite Marcus Peters. Fortunately, his injury occurred within the first four games of the season and therefore he will most likely get a season of eligibility back from the NCAA through a medical redshirt. In other words, Kelly will likely be a freshman eligibility-wise again next season.
  • True freshman cornerback, Sidney Jones, has stepped up in a big way and has performed admirably as Kelly’s replacement. With Kelly out for the rest of the season, expect Jones to run with this opportunity and be a consistent presence in the defensive backfield.
  • Backup quarterback, Jeff Lindquist, has been named the starting holder for place-kicking duties. Throughout the first three weeks punter, Korey Durkee, has held all of the kicks. Don’t be surprised if you see a fake field goal or fake PAT at some point this season. With Coach Pete’s knack for trick plays, Jeff Lindquist is the perfect holder as he is a capable passer and runner.

 

Offense:

Quarterbacks:

Cyler Miles (6-4 225 lbs; Redshirt Sophomore)

Jeff Lindquist (6-3 246 lbs; Redshirt Sophomore)

Troy Williams (6-2 194 lbs; Redshirt Freshman)

Running Backs:

Dwayne Washington (6-2 219 lbs; Redshirt Sophomore)

Lavon Coleman (5-11 217 lbs; Redshirt Freshman) –OR-

Jesse Callier (5-10 206 lbs; Senior) –OR-

Deontae Cooper (5-11 199 lbs; Senior)

Wide Receiver #1:

Kasen Williams (6-3 217 lbs; Senior)

Dante Pettis (6-0 177 lbs; Freshman)

Marvin Hall (5-10 188 lbs; Junior)

Left Tackle:

Micah Hatchie (6-5 306 lbs; Senior)

Jake Eldrenkamp (6-5 292 lbs; Redshirt Sophomore)

Left Guard:

Dexter Charles (6-5 311 lbs; Junior)

Siosifa Tufunga (6-3 321 lbs; Junior)

Center:

Colin Tanigawa (6-3 292 lbs; Senior)

Mike Criste (6-6 319 lbs; Senior)

Right Guard:

James Atoe (6-7 381 lbs; Senior)

Ross Dolbec (6-5 313 lbs; Junior)

Right Tackle:

Coleman Shelton (6-4 281 lbs; Redshirt Freshman)

Ben Riva (6-7 313 lbs; Senior)

Tight End:

Darrell Daniels (6-4 234 lbs; Sophomore) –OR-

Michael Hartvigson (6-6 251 lbs; Senior)

Slot Receiver:

Jaydon Mickens (5-11 174 lbs; Junior)

John Ross III (5-11 179 lbs; Sophomore)

Kendyl Taylor (5-10 202 lbs; Redshirt Sophomore)

Wide Receiver #2:

DiAndre Campbell (6-2 206 lbs; Senior)

John Ross III (5-11 179 lbs; Sophomore)

Brayden Lenius (6-5 217 lbs; Freshman)

 

Defense:

Defensive End:

Andrew Hudson (6-3 246 lbs; Senior)

Joe Mathis (6-2 250 lbs; Sophomore)

Will Dissly (6-4 273 lbs; Freshman)

Defensive Tackle:

Evan Hudson (6-6 273 lbs; Senior)

Taani Tupou (6-2 282 lbs; Junior)

Nose Tackle:

Danny Shelton (6-2 339 lbs; Senior)

Elijah Qualls (6-1 311 lbs; Redshirt Freshman)

Greg Gaines (6-1 321 lbs; Freshman)

 “Buck” End:

Hau’oli Kikaha (6-3 246 lbs; Senior)

Jarret Finau (6-3 261 lbs; Junior)

Psalm Wooching (6-4 225 lbs; Sophomore)

Outside Linebacker #1:

Travis Feeney (6-4 218 lbs; Junior)

Keishawn Bierria (6-1 221 lbs; Redshirt Freshman)

Middle Linebacker:

John Timu (6-1 246 lbs; Senior)

Scott Lawyer (6-2 225 lbs; Junior)

Azeem Victor (6-3 244 lbs; Redshirt Freshman)

Outside Linebacker #2:

Shaq Thompson (6-1 228 lbs; Junior)

Corey Littleton (6-3 229 lbs; Junior)

Sean Constantine (6-2 224 lbs; Redshirt Freshman)

Cornerback #1:

Marcus Peters (6-0 190 lbs; Junior)

Travell Dixon (6-1 195 lbs; Senior) –OR-

Naijel Hale (5-10 171 lbs; Freshman)

Cornerback #2:

Sidney Jones (6-0 171 lbs; Freshman)

Darren Gardenhire (5-11 173 lbs; Freshman)

Free Safety:

Kevin King (6-3 183 lbs; Sophomore)

Trevor Walker (5-11 186 lbs; Sophomore)

Strong Safety:

Budda Baker (5-10 173 lbs; Freshman)

Brandon Beaver (6-0 192 lbs; Sophomore) –OR-

Brian Clay (6-1 196 lbs; Junior)

 

Special Teams:

Punter:

Korey Durkee (6-4 230 lbs; Junior)

Tristan Vizcaino (6-2 210 lbs; Freshman)

Kicker:

Cameron Van Winkle (5-10 180 lbs; Sophomore) –OR-

Tristan Vizcaino (6-2 210 lbs; Freshman)

Snapper:

Ryan Masel (6-1 199 lbs; Junior)

Evan Hudson (6-6 273 lbs; Senior)

Holder:

Jeff Lindquist (6-3 246 lbs; Redshirt Sophomore)

Korey Durkee (6-4 230 lbs; Junior)

Punt Return:

Dante Pettis (6-0 177 lbs; Freshman)

Jaydon Mickens (5-11 174 lbs; Junior)

Kick Return:

John Ross III (5-11 179 lbs; Sophomore)

Budda Baker (5-10 173 lbs; Freshman)

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Week 1 Preview vs. Green Bay

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The NFL Regular Season is finally upon us!  It’s an especially exciting time to be a Seahawks fan as the defending Super Bowl Champions kick off the new season in prime time on Thursday night vs. the Green Bay Packers.  The Packers come into 2014 with high expectations, boasting an improved defense to go along with a high-powered offense that is consistently near the top of the league.

There may also be a revenge factor, albeit two years later.  After all, who could forget this night?

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M.D. Jennings and Golden Tate in the famous “Fail Mary” play on MNF in 2012.

Scouting the Green Bay Packers

The Packers are led by three-time Pro-Bowl Quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  Rodgers played well last year, but was forced to miss seven games with a broken collarbone.  During his absence, the team struggled with Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien, and Seneca Wallace playing quarterback, going 2-5-1.  Rodgers is surrounded by great receiving talent with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, although sure handed James Jones departed to Oakland via free agency.  Nelson has been one of the best wide receivers in the league over the last few years and Cobb is an emerging playmaker with incredible speed and quickness.  Rookie Richard Rodgers of Cal figures to get the start at tight end.

Eddie Lacy enters the season as the workhorse running back for Green Bay and looks to build on a successful rookie campaign in which he rushed for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns and averaged over 4 yards per carry.  Lacy is a physical, downhill power back, checking in at 230 pounds.  He was also a surprising contributor to the passing game last year, catching 35 balls.  Fan favorite John Kuhn returns at fullback.  Kuhn is a versatile player who contributes in pass protection, run blocking, catching passes, and playing special teams.

The performance of the offensive line in 2014 will be key for the Packers if they are to make a serious playoff run.  After a brief stint at left tackle last preseason, Bryan Bulaga moves back to the right side of the line where he found success before season ending hip and knee injuries in 2012 and 2013, respectively.  The last time Bulaga visited Seattle in Week 3 of 2012, he was burned by then-rookie Bruce Irvin for 2 first half sacks.  David Bakhtiari is back at left tackle after a promising rookie campaign protecting Aaron Rodgers’ blindside.  Solid veterans Josh Sitton and T.J Lang will man the guard spots.  J.C. Tretter was projected to be the starting center but is out with a knee injury, so rookie 5th round draft pick Corey Linsley will make his NFL regular season debut on Thursday night.  All in all, this should be a solid offensive line group.

The defense is hoping to be much improved from last season when it ranked 25th in the league.  Defensive coordinator Dom Capers has a new weapon to work with in Julius Peppers, who will play outside linebacker opposite Clay Matthews in Capers’ 3-4 scheme.  Ends Mike Daniels and Datone Jones should be solid once again.  The big question on the defensive line is at nose tackle.  B.J. Raji is out for the season with a torn biceps, although his play had dipped off in 2013.  His likely replacement is Letroy Guion, who has spent his six NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.  A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones will be the inside linebackers.

In the secondary, Green Bay drafted safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of Alabama in the first round, but he appears to be losing the starting free safety battle to Micah Hyde.  Morgan Burnett will play strong safety.  Cornerback Sam Shields signed a big deal in the offseason to stay in Green Bay.  He boasts excellent closing speed, but is sometimes caught gambling too often.  Tramon Williams is the other starting corner and is in the last year of his contract.  His play has steadily declined from its peak during the Packers’ 2014 Super Bowl run.

Kicker Mason Crosby was 33 for 37 on field goals last season and is one of the better kickers in the league.  Tim Masthay is the punter and Brett Goode will handle the long snapping duties.  DuJuan Harris will likely be the kick returner, but Randall Cobb will return punts, despite now being a full-time starting receiver.

Seahawks Notes

First, here’s the Seahawks’ 53 man roster and 10 man practice squad.  Next, take a gander at the latest depth chart.

Doug Baldwin is moving outside this year as opposed to playing in the slot as he’s done so well in the past.  Jermaine Kearse figures to get most of the reps as the slot receiver.  I do have to say, though, I always liked how Kearse played on the outside and what Baldwin did in the slot.  Kearse has both great speed and jumping ability and often demonstrated his knack for catching the deep ball last season.  Baldwin was always reliable in the slot and consistently made tough catches when the team needed them most.  Ultimately, it comes down to play time, and with Baldwin as the overall better receiver and the offense running a majority of 2 receiver sets, it made sense to ensure he was on the field as much as possible.  It will be interesting to see how they line up when the Hawks go to 3, 4, and 5 receiver sets though.

Byron Maxwell enters his first full season as a starting cornerback.  Maxwell struggled at times during the preseason, so hopefully he can clean things up and continue the tradition of shutdown pass defense in the Pacific Northwest.  He will draw a challenging assignment on Thursday with Pack receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.  Jeremy Lane takes over as the nickel back and has proven more than capable in that role.

It appears Earl Thomas will be the starting punter returner going into Thursday night.  Coach Carroll doesn’t seem worried about injury risk and neither am I.

Things to Watch For

1) Contact in the secondary – Much has been made about the NFL’s “point of emphasis” (already sick of that term) on defensive holding for 2014.  Apparently, the Seahawks’ dominance may have had something to do with hit.  Regardless it will be interesting to see how pass coverage is officiated on Thursday night.  Will the officials let the secondaries play a little or call things ticky-tack?  This could have a huge impact on the game with the Packers pass-happy offense and the Seahawks shutdown secondary (LOB).  There should be some great matchups with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb going head to head with Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell.

2) Wilson on the verge of “Elite” – Will Russell Wilson’s outstanding preseason carry over into the regular season?  It was great to see him take total control of the offense this August.  He seemed to be on another level and virtually unstoppable.  Can he approach the “elite” group of Manning, Brady, Brees, etc?  For that to happen, OC Bevell will need to open up the offense a bit more than last year, something I don’t think he’ll be afraid to do with Russell behind center.  Thursday night on national TV will be a great opportunity for Wilson to show the country that he’s ready to take that next step in his 3rd year as a pro.

3) Pass rush – Seahawks D-line vs. Packers O-line – 2 years ago, the Seahawks made the Packers offensive line look pretty silly to the tune of 8 first half sacks.  However, some of the faces that contributed on that night (Chris Clemons, Red Bryant) are now gone.  Will the Packers be more prepared in pass protection this time around?  Or will Bennett, Avril, Irvin and crew have their way with them and throw Rodgers off his rhythm?

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Score Prediction

Hawks 27, Pack 24.

 

 

Sounders Get Back To Winning Ways

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These two were back to their old ways in Portland on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon the Seattle Sounders looked much more like, well…the Seattle Sounders. After struggling to score goals over the past few weeks, Seattle routed their rival Portland Timbers 4-2 and looked much more like the potent offense that we have seen for the majority of the season. The Sounders are back on top of the MLS standings and leading the race for the Supporter’s Shield. All is well.

On top of the win, Oba Martins won MLS Player of the Week with his 2-goal performance on Sunday. He also notched an assist on a beautiful pass that Clint Dempsey flicked into the back of the net to put the Sounders up 2-0. It’s pretty evident that Martins and Dempsey love playing with each other. Unfortunately, the two have struggled to create much on the offensive end – mostly due to inconsistent playing time together – the past few weeks (Dempsey only had one goal since the end of April) and Seattle has struggled to get the results that they expect. It’s been a rough patch of games the past month. But this game had the Martins and Dempsey combo at full force, as they were involved in all four Seattle goals. They both are tied for the team lead with 10 goals a-piece.

When these two are at their best, the Sounders have the most explosive scoring duo in the league. Fluid. Fast. Dangerous. The Rave Green will need both of them to keep playing like they did on Sunday if the Sounders hope to stay on the top of the standings. As the final month of the season approaches, expect the team to rally behind Clint and Oba. As they go, the team will go.

It’s good to see us back in the win column. Especially against the Timbers – in Portland. Go Sounders!

Here are the match highlights:

Next match: Seattle will come back home again on Saturday for a match against the Colorado Rapids.