Kalen DeBoer updates the status of Washington DBs Asa Turner, Mishael Powell
The updated Washington depth chart for this week’s game against Arizona State features Jaxson Kirkland at left guard again and Troy Fautanu at left tackle, just like they were for last week’s game against UCLA.
Also unchanged from a week ago: the absence of safety Asa Turner and corner Mishael Powell. Neither played a week ago. Both have been battling injuries. Coach Kalen DeBoer told reporters on Monday that Powell would remain out this week, but that Turner could possibly make his return.
No Mishael Powell again this week, Kalen DeBoer says. There is a chance Asa Turner could return. "He's doing more and more activity. With a normal week, there's a chance he could be playing on Saturday."
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Turner had two interceptions in the opener against Kent State. He had three tackles a week later against Portland State. He hasn’t played since. A 6-foot-3 fourth-year junior, Turner is a playmaker in the UW secondary, and the Huskies missed both him and Powell last week against UCLA.
UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 315 yards and three scores while completing 73% of his passes. The Bruins picked on younger UW defensive backs. DeBoer said after the game the depth was tested being down two starters.
“Yeah, it hurt us,” he said. “They went for some double moves and some things that they did to our secondary. There’s no way we’re going to put it on them because there were other things that happened throughout the course of the game, too. Certainly, those guys were thrown out there and they had some tough matchups against a quarterback that can sling it and some receivers that can make some plays.”
Powell started the first three games of the season, producing 17 tackles before being injured late against Michigan State. Look for Julius Irvin and Jordan Perryman to get the bulk of the corner snaps again in his absence. True freshman Jaivion Green and second-year freshman Davon Banks will likely fill out the rotation again.
No. 21 Washington (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) faces Arizona State (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) at Sun Devil Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network.