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Radio: 950 AM/102.9 FM Coach: Nigel Burton (10-14, 3rd season) Against the Huskies: This is the first meeting between the two teams. Portland State was an NCAA Division II team until the 1990s, and Washington never played a team from the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) until last season when it hosted Eastern Washington. Washington connections: Burton, who is a UW grad and former Husky cornerback, began his career at Pacific in 1995, but a tranferred to Washington after the Tigers dropped their program. He was a three-year starter (1996-98) and three-time academic all-Pac-10 first-team selection. Two of his UW teammates are also on the Vikings staff: special teams coordinator Ikaika Malloe and linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator Lester Towns. … Huskies offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau is a Portland State alum, graduating in 1996. He was the Vikings’ starting quarterback as a senior. The Vikings’ roster includes 14 players from the state of Washington. True freshman starting quarterback Kieran McDonagh graduated from Skyview a year ago. Cornelius Edison, an offensive line standout at Curtis, is starting at left guard for the Vikings as a sophomore. Other state products: OL James Seuma’ala (Federal Way), TE Greylin (Federal Way) RB Juliann Cruell (Foss), WR David Jones (Kent-Meridian), DE Sadad Sulleyman (Spanaway Lake), DT Julious Moore (Bellevue), CB Tyler Rogers (Lakes), OL Josh Hanson (Tumwater), LB Louis Davis (Wilson). Scouting report: The Vikings are coming off a 7-4 season under Burton, who helped rebuild the program after Jerry Glanville left the team in shambles in 2009. They were picked to finish fourth in a tough Big Sky Conference. After defeating perennial NAIA powerhouse Carroll College 38-20 in its opener, PSU lost a 45-37 shootout against North Dakota on the road. The Vikings rolled up 515 yards of total offense in the loss, but couldn’t overcome three blocked kicks. McDonagh threw for 301 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He is the first true freshman to open the season as a Vikings starting quarterback. D.J. Adams, who transferred from the University of Maryland, rushed for 144 yards last week. Defensively, the Vikings have given up 372 yards of total offense per game to opponents.
Did you know?: Portland State was second in the nation last year with nine blocks – seven punts and two blocked field goals. This year they’ve already blocked a point after attempt.
SEATTLE — Steve Sarkisian wasn’t really answering the question he’d been asked. But after sitting and talking about Saturday’s 41-3 loss to LSU and fall out from it for the better part of his Monday press conference, he finally let some raw emotion be known. Sarkisian was asked about his scheduling philosophy in the future and if he may want to change it after what transpired in Baton Rouge. But the answer was anything about the philosophy. “It makes me want to puke quite honestly,” he said. “You know, that’s just how I’ve felt for 48 hours because we are better than that. And that’s the part that is so frustrating because we are a good football team and I know we probably haven’t played to our capabilities here the first two weeks of the season.” Washington went from being miles from dominant in the first week win over San Diego State to being completely dominated by the No. 3-ranked Tigers. The Huskies have a supposed tune-up this week against Portland State followed by a bye week to prepare for the conference opener against Stanford. “The goal for Saturday night is to walk out off CenturyLink Field feeling good about ourselves as the pre-season comes to an end as we get ready to go into the regular season of Pac-12 play,” Sarkisian said. “I don’t like the feeling I’ve had here for the last couple of weeks and I won’t like it this entire week until we go out and put a product on the field that we all can be proud of. We haven’t been able to do that for two weeks.” Washington’s offense hasn’t scored a touchdown in seven straight quarters. The run game is non-exsistent, the passing game isn’t clicking and quarterback Keith Price appears frustrated and gun-shy. Sarkisian, who calls the plays, lamented the lack of an identity for the offense. “I’ve been doing this too long and believe in our system too much for us not to find it,” he said. “We’ll find it. It’s a great challenge for us. We’ll get it done.” Complicating matters has been a series of injuries on the offensive line that have led to inconsistency because of inexperience. Junior right tackle Erik Kohler was the latest casualty. He will be out a few weeks after dislocating his kneecap for the second time this season. Redshirt freshman Dexter Charles, who was working as back-up left guard and left tackle, and sophomore back-up right tackle Mike Criste will fill in until Ben Riva (broken forearm) or Kohler return.
Criste has game snaps at right tackle this season after Riva was hurt in the season opener. Sarkisian’s also concerned about a plethora of penalties along with far too many missed assignments leading to subpar execution on both sides of the ball. “We’ve got to get those things fixed this week,” he said. “That’s why this week is totally about us, and our ability to play the best brand of football and put the best product on the field that we can. Regardless of who are opponent is, whether it’s this week or probably for the next few weeks to come, it’s about getting our selves right and getting to where we do the things that we do best and see if that’s good enough to win. For our program to get back on track, we have to focus on ourselves right now.” In the meantime, we’ve just got to keep scratching and pushing and clawing and doing things right.” Also Sarkisian confirmed that wide receiver Antavius Sims — a heralded junior college recruit from last year’s class — will redshirt this season. … Linebacker Travis Feeney suffered a sprained left shoulder at LSU and had an MRI. Feeney missed all of spring football after having surgery on his right shoulder. … Safety Will Shamburger suffered a nasty cut above during the game. It required 14 stitches. The eye is swollen shut. Shamburger won’t be cleared to practice until he’s able to see clearly. … Sarkisian said linebackers Nate Fellner (foot) and Jamaal Kearse (leg) are starting to run on tread mills, a sign their recovery is on track. … Over 50,000 tickets have been distributed for the Portland State game. UW is offering a groupon for the game. Follow Ryan Divish’s coverage of the Huskies at blog.thenewstribune.com/uwsports
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