Dexter Charles is missed at left guard by the Huskies
Starting left guard did not make the trip, perhaps indicating that his shoulder injury is more serious than initially thought.
Seattle Times staff reporter
TEMPE, Ariz. — Dexter Charles, Washington’s starting left guard, did not make the trip with the team for the Arizona State game after injuring his shoulder a week earlier against Oregon.
“It was different,” senior quarterback Keith Price said after UW’s 53-24 loss on Saturday. “His presence, he’s a leader. He’s a real leader. There’s been a couple times this season where Dexter got after me: ‘Hey man, throw the ball earlier. I can’t protect forever.’ His presence, he holds guys accountable.”
That Charles didn’t make the trip could be an indication that his shoulder injury is more serious than initially thought.
In Charles’ place, junior Erik Kohler made his first start since the LSU game in September 2012. Kohler injured his knee against LSU and missed the rest of 2012; he then injured his foot over the summer and made his season debut against Oregon last week.
UW middle linebacker John Timu left the game with what UW coach Steve Sarkisian said was an ankle sprain.
“We’re pretty sore as a football team,” Sarkisian said. “We got beat up tonight.”
• UW still had a glimmer of hope when it scored on its first drive of the second half to cut the lead to 29-14, then appeared to have Arizona State stopped on its next possession when D.J. Foster was tackled for a 5-yard loss on third-and-one.
UW linebacker Princeton Fuimaono, however, was called for a personal foul on the play for diving onto the pile late. Arizona State then drove easily for a touchdown to make it 36-14 and the game was never really in doubt again.
“I felt like it was a big momentum shift,’’ Fuimaono said. “It put us back down to where we were.’’
• It didn’t come quite the way the Huskies would have liked, but Chris Young finally made an impact in a UW football game.
Young, a graduate of Auburn High, was one of the first players to commit to UW in the spring of 2009, and then signed as part of Sarkisian’s first full recruiting class in 2010.
But Young failed to get academically eligible, and instead landed at Arizona Western Junior College and then signed with Arizona State as part of its 2012 recruiting class.
Saturday, he finally got to play against the Huskies (the two teams missed each other last season) and Young helped the Sun Devils shut down UW from his linebacking position and also came up with a big play on special teams when he recovered a fumbled punt in the air in the second quarter.
The recovery led to a field goal as the Sun Devils scored 29 straight points in the first half after initially falling behind 7-0.
• The defeat meant UW remained winless in games in the state of Arizona since 2006, some of the defeats among the most frustrating for the Huskies. UW is 0-6 in Arizona in that span, going 0-3 each against Arizona and Arizona State.
The last win in the state was a 21-10 victory over Arizona in Tucson in 2006. Sarkisian is 0-4 in the state, including blowout losses at Arizona in 2010 (44-14) and 2012 (52-17) and a last-second defeat at Arizona State in 2009 (24-17).