Washington football: Who to watch vs Hawaii

It is finally here. Only one day until the Washington football season begins with a match up against the Rainbow Warriors. This game also provides the players a chance to prove their worth to the new coaching staff in a real game situation. Instead of doing a straight game preview, here is a look at a few players in particular to watch this Saturday:

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Jeff Lindquist

Is this just a one game replacement job or a chance to win a starting spot? That will be up to Lindquist this weekend. Cyler Miles appears to be the favorite to win the job once he finishes his one game suspension.

But don’t count out Lindquist entirely.

With Miles out for this game, it provides a perfect opportunity for Lindquist to prove he has the makings of a high level college quarterback. Unfortunately for him, I’m not sure that a dominating performance against the likes of Hawaii will be the deciding factor in the quarterback battle, but it definitely won’t hurt his chances. On the other hand, if Lindquist fails to have an impressive performance it could end any shot of being the starting quarterback for the Huskies.

Shaq Thompson

Everyone knows what Thompson is capable of on the defensive side of the ball.

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Shaq Thompson

That’s not why I am including him in my players to watch list, although watching him play defense is a sight to behold. What I am really curious to see is if the Shaq Thompson experiment at running back is a real thing.

Dwayne Washington and Lavon Coleman have all the tools to be special at the collegiate level. But does that mean they will prevent Thompson from getting a few touches?

Even though the Huskies probably won’t need Thompson’s help on the offensive side of the ball against Hawaii, I’m excited to see if he gets at least a few carries. You heard it here first, if he gets five carries, one of them is going for +50 yards.

Budda Baker

The Bellevue High star made waves when he decommitted from Oregon and decided to stay home and play for the Huskies. Now this weekend he will get his chance to start for the Huskies at safety.

There is no one on this team I want to see play more than Baker. The last time a top athlete came in and started as a freshman for the Huskies the team instantly saw a major boost to their defense.

That player was the aforementioned Thompson.

If Baker can come in and have a similar impact at the back of this Husky defense it could propel the Huskies to the top of the PAC-12 north. All eyes will be on Baker come Saturday to see if he is worth the hype. I’m sure he will be.

On a last note, Baker will be doing kick returning duties alongside John Ross. Expect some electricity between the two of them.

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