September 28, 2006

Washington Preview: Defense

This weekend Arizona will compete in what could be the most important game to the remainder of the season. The Washington Huskies have exceeded all expectations so far this season sitting at a record of 3-1 with their only loss coming to the University of Oklahoma.

This game is extremely important to both teams and could be an indicator as to which Pac-10 team is on the rise.

Arizona's offense, despite having numerous opportunities, has had trouble executing plays so far this season. The Washington defense is not the strong suit of the team and Arizona needs to take advantage and put points on the board.

Washington has given up an average of 26.2 points a game this season. The rush defense is not spectacular giving up 132.8 yards per game and the teams have passed for an average of 217.5 yards per game. Arizona will need to play diverse and establish a running game early in hopes that it can open things up for Willie Tuitama.

Washington has talent and experience on the defensive line starting with its defensive ends Daniel Teo-Nesheim, Greyson Gunheim and Brandon Ala. Teo-Nesheim (6-4, 235 lbs.) is a sophomore with a lot of potential and does great getting in the backfield. He has four tackles for a loss, one pass broken up and two quarterback hurries.

Gunheim (6-6, 240 lbs.) is a junior that has good speed which has helped him with four tackles for a loss this season and one forced fumble. Despite the talent of the starters, it is the back-up Ala that has the only sacks from the DE position on the year with two.

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