Washington QBs are ranked No. 2 in the nation in adjusted completion percentage. The Cougars also ranked No. 4 in passing yards (2,821) and the only team in the nation to rank fourth in the first three rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft. Washington’s passing game ranked third among FBS bowl team on the season. The defense showed consistency as one of this season’s best units, allowing 4.45 yards per play and 26 touchdowns allowed.Washington is ranked No. 2 in the nation in adjusted completion percentage. The Cougars also ranked No. 4 in passing yards (2,821) and the only team in the nation to rank fourth in the first three rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Troy Polamalu, the nation’s leader in forced fumbles (three), is set to return to the field Nov. 26 against Arizona State with a possible MRI on his leg that may be negative for a lumbar fracture. Polamalu who took an indefinite leave of absence in early November after returning from a concussion suffered against Clemson in late October missed the third and final months of the season with the injury. The NFL expects the tests to begin in a couple weeks.A third-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2008, Polamalu was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list in December. He received treatment for the injury in December with the hopes of regaining his form. The injury made Polamalu a game-time decision Saturday against Syracuse, but he participated in extra period activities Sunday after returning.The 2011 first-team All-American has been plagued over the last two seasons by chronic ankle issues. After injuring his ankle in a Week 2 loss at Oregon, the former Florida State standout missed four games, totaling 16 carries for 55 yards, last season. With the team in shambles, Polamalu was eased back into action to help the team make a move toward the playoffs, but his return to the field could change the complexion of the running back/kick return duties.Polamalu is expected to return to a more meaningful role given a healthy Polamalu on the field. In the red zone against Duke, Polamalu had four receiving touchdowns and averaged 16.1 yards on five catches.The 2014 first-team All-American will join Marcus Burley and DeAndre Elliott at the top of the depth chart at linebacker, which would leave sophomore Malik McDowell available to step into the No. 2 job. McCowell, however, has not been practicing this week as the team continues to work on his knee and it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to play in two of the four games, including a Week 9 matchup vs. USC. The Cougars also have senior cornerbacks Chris Burgess and Chris Godwin and junior safety Tre’Davious White as options to bolster the secondary.