UW Saturday Report
The Washington Huskies (5-2,3-1) host the Arizona Wildcats (2-5,1-4) this Saturday at home which will have a blackout theme. There will be plenty of scoring this game so I’ll focus on a player on the offensive side of the ball.
I won’t be talking about a skill position player but instead about an offensive lineman.
They key to any successful offense is the offensive line play which in years past had been slacking for the Huskies. This year the line has been pretty good led by two-time captain senior Senio Kelemete.
Kelemete, who is a senior at Washington, has started 31 games on the offensive line which includes 20 starts at left tackle. In 2009 he earned honorable mention All Pac-10 when he played guard. Kelemente began his career as a defensive tackle where he started four games his true freshman year.
Kelemente was part of the 0-12 mess then had to switch sides of the ball where he made 11 starts at guard as a sophomore. Then last season he switched positions again to left tackle while also being named team captain as a junior which is pretty rare at Washington.
Before Kelemente started a game on the Washington football offensive line the Huskies had just one one thousand yard rusher from 1998-2008. In his three years of starting Chris Polk will have rushed for over 1,000 yards which season.
As a freshman in 2009 Polk ran for 1,113 yards (4.9 YPC), as a sophomore Polk ran for 1,365 yards (5.2 YPC). This year Polk has ran for 844 yards (5.7 YPC) in only seven games. Kelemente has yet to allow a sack this year on young sophomore quarterback Keith Price.
The offense which is the strongest part of the team is clicking this season. The Huskies offense is able to click because the offensive line is playing so well led by Kelemente.
The good news for Huskies fans is four of the five lineman will be returning next season which also means Kelemente has to be the leader of an unit that starts two true sophomores and a redshirt freshman.
In conclusion, Kelemente you hardly ever hear his name in a negative way while hearing his name highlighted on a key block. Against California on Austin Seferian-Jenkins second touchdown you’ll see big #56 making a great block to turn a four yard reception into a 22 yard touchdown reception.
On the toss sweeps to the left Kelemente is so athletic he is able to make those blocks.
Kelemente is a guy who will eventually be drafted and is currently projected in the top 100 by Todd McShay.
Kelemente has been doing the dirty work for the Huskies for four years now and sadly he has only a handful of games left at Washington.
His leadership though will be felt for years to come as he leads the senior class who was part of the rebuild project from 0-12 to most likely back to back bowl berths.