UCLA defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes has already faced Oregon’s offense, currently ranked third in the country in points per game (51.7) and second in yards (596.6). He thinks Washington’s compares favorably — at least at certain positions.
“I think they have the most electric players we’ve seen this season,” the true freshman said. “I think more so than Oregon. I don’t think their quarterback’s as electric as (Marcus) Mariota, obviously, but I’m talking about their receivers mostly and maybe their running back.” (The comments start at around 1:15 in the above video.)
Most impressive may be Austin Seferian-Jenkins, widely regarded as the best tight end in the country. The 6-foot-6, 276-pound junior leads the team with five touchdown catches, and matched his season-high of 62 yards in just one half against Colorado on Saturday.
The Huskies are flanked on the outside by sophomore Jaydon Mickens and senior Kevin Smith, who have combined for 1,173 yards and seven scores. Standout receiver Kasen Williams remains sidelined after breaking his foot three weeks ago.
As for running back, UCLA is already coming off a game against one of the best in the country. In a 31-26 win at Arizona last week, they gave up 149 yards and a touchdown to All-American Ka’Deem Carey — who fell to No. 2 in the country at 152.6 rushing yards per game.
Washington’s Bishop Sankey is one spot behind him with 145.0 yards, but does have 13 touchdowns to Carey’s 11.
“We’ll see when we play, but on film, I think Sankey might be better than Ka’Deem,” Vanderdoes said. “Personally. Maybe. That’s a possibility. That’s my opinion. I feel like Sankey’s a little shiftier.”