Huskies' Kasen Williams comes down hard, leaves with injury

Staff writerOctober 27, 2013 

Washington wide receiver Kasen Williams had his left foot in an air cast Saturday night after he was carted out of Husky Stadium after an awkward landing in the second quarter against California.

Williams was trying to catch a jump-ball throw from Keith Price against Cal cornerback Kameron Jackson.

When Williams landed, his left leg bent awkwardly beneath him, and he needed assistance leaving the field.

A group of trainers examined his left foot area, then placed it in a cast before helping Williams into the back of a cart and driving him out of the stadium for further examination.

Williams was taken to Harborview Medical Center, but had already returned home by the time coach Steve Sarkisian addressed the media.

"We know there's a break and a dislocation in his foot," Sarkisian said. "So he’s going to be out quite some time. Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with Kasen. He's a great kid. He's already home. I know the guys are all headed over there to see him."

The Huskies were without a few contributors Saturday night.

Guard Dexter Charles missed his second consecutive game because of a shoulder injury; rush end Josh Shirley didn’t suit up for reasons unknown before the game; backup defensive back Kevin King sat out because of a shoulder injury; and backup defensive tackle Lawrence Lagafuaina sat out after he was limited in practice during the week.

SANKEY MOVES UP IN RECORD RANKS

When UW running back Bishop Sankey took a 32-yard carry down the left sideline early in the second quarter, he became the fourth player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards or more in two seasons.

Sankey finished the first half with 16 carries for 188 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown run and a 59-yard score that gave UW a 24-7 halftime lead.

That second score gave Sankey his 29th career rushing touchdown, which moved him into a tie for third place all time at UW with Jake Locker and Rashaan Shehee. As of halftime, Sankey still trailed Napoleon Kaufman, who had 34, and Joe Steele (32).

PRICE PERFECT ON FIRST DRIVE

Price’s injured thumb must have felt fine enough.

The fifth-year senior quarterback was limited in practice last week by swelling on the thumb on his right throwing hand, but he was announced Friday as the Huskies’ starter.

Price led the Huskies on an impressive first drive against California.

Price completed all six of his pass attempts on that first possession, throwing to five receivers.

Price cooled down after that, completing just four of his next 14 passes. His halftime numbers: 10-for-20 for 177 yards.

One of those completions was a 68-yard toss to sophomore receiver Jaydon Mickens for UW’s second touchdown.

christian.caple@thenewstribune.com

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