The Day After: 15 thoughts on Washington's 56-19 win over Boise State
Plenty of snap counts, pertinent statistics, observations and notes from Husky Stadium.
SEATTLE — Final thoughts, observations, takeaways and statistics from Washington’s 56-19 victory over Boise State.
1. I was eager to see how Davon Banks graded out, and sure enough, he earned the second-highest defensive grade on the team from Pro Football Focus — 84.2, just behind Carson Bruener at 84.9. Boise State targeted Banks six times in his 26 snaps, completing just one pass for 11 yards while Banks tallied four pass breakups (for what it’s worth, PFF only had him for three). There wasn’t a single UW defensive back who played that kind of game throughout the 2022 season — and that includes Banks, who took his lumps while playing 233 snaps in nine games as a redshirt freshman.
An injury cut his season short, and he missed spring practices while recovering. But he had a solid camp, played his way onto the two-deeps and earned No. 3 corner reps on Saturday. Could he push for a starting job? We’ll see. Coaches have been high on Elijah Jackson, who started and played 39 snaps, though his season debut was a forgettable one: two pass-interference penalties and a 4-for-4 completion rate for Green against him, per PFF, including a 40-yard shot in the first quarter. Ashton Jeanty also stiff-armed Jackson en route to his 7-yard touchdown run. I’m still high on Jackson’s athletic upside, but Banks sure gave coaches a lot to think about.