No. 21 USC hits the road once again to face the No. 17 Washington Huskies in another marque Pac-12 game. The Trojans are coming off a 30-23 victory over the No. 19 Utah Utes while Washington is coming off a blowout road win against BYU. This years Huskies team is considered to be one of the most talented in the Chris Petersen era. Who are some key players from Washington that fans should keep an eye on this Saturday?
Quarterback Jacob Eason
Jacob Eason is one of the key players on this years Huskies team. So far he has been the best player on the team with his performance. The redshirt junior and former Georgia quarterback has thrown for 1,063 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions and has a quarterback rating of 79.2 which is ranked No. 15 in the nation. If given enough time he can really pick apart a defense with his arm. Last week against BYU, Eason had an outstanding game, throwing for 290, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Eason will face a USC defense that features a young secondary and a very effective defensive line. Good news for USC is that Eason is not a mobile quarterback like most teams they’ve faced this season. However, He’s only been sacked 4 times with three of them coming in the Huskies loss to Cal.
Safety Myles Bryant
One of the best safeties in the Pac-12 and for good reason. He’s currently 3rd in the conference in interceptions with two and leads the team in tackles with 24. Bryant is know to make plays all over the field. Last week the senior safety made a season high 9 tackles in Washington’s victory over BYU. His two interceptions came in their blowout victory over Hawaii. Fans can expect to hear his name through out the afternoon. Going up against the Trojans wide receivers and their pass happy offense, the Huskies will need him through the game.
Defensive Lineman Benning Potoa’e
Once again the USC offensive line will have another defensive lineman to deal with in Benning Potoa’e. While the senior defensive lineman is listed as a reserve, he still leads the team in tackle for loss with 5 and sacks with 3. Last season Potoa’e started 13 games and sees a lot of rotation time. He notched 3 tackles, with 2 of them for loss, and one sack in last weeks game against BYU. Expect Huskies defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake to follow the same game plan as Utah and BYU where they line him up over center Brett Nelion to create pressure. If USC can’t keep him out the backfield then it will be a long game for them. Should Matt Fink start, his scrambling ability should help him buy some time.