The Day After: 13 thoughts on Washington's 43-10 win over Tulsa
Wondering about tailback production, pass rush and more.
SEATTLE — Final thoughts, observations, takeaways and statistics from Washington’s 43-10 defeat of Tulsa.
1. When is it time to start wondering about the depth of playmaking ability at running back? Will Nixon is a solid No. 1 option who knows his assignments and will take care of the ball, and should complement the passing game, but it remains to be seen whether he can create yardage in space or find hidden yards when running lanes don’t open.
I didn’t think Dillon Johnson looked healthy last week, and his absence Saturday confirmed that suspicion; coach Kalen DeBoer does expect him back for Michigan State, but said Johnson “didn’t feel like he was where he had hoped (to be) last week.” You have to wonder how far from 100 percent he is, and to what degree he’ll be able to contribute as the season progresses.
Sam Adams II played 23 snaps Saturday, per Pro Football Focus, only five fewer than Nixon, but carried the ball four times for a net of one yard. Daniyel Ngata carried six times for 18 yards and a touchdown, with five of those attempts (and the score) coming on Washington’s final possession. He did gain nine yards on his only first-half carry.
Richard Newton hasn’t played a snap from scrimmage. Tybo Rogers still is working back after his suspension. Then again …