RENTON, Wash. (AP) — New Seattle wide receiver Gary Jennings already has a connection with the quarterback he's about to start catching passes from.
Rose Bowl Matchup
Ohio State (12-1, Big Ten) vs Washington (10-3, Pac-12), Jan. 1, 5 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Pasadena, California.
Ohio State: QB Dwayne Haskins is the Big Ten's player of the year, leading the nation with 47 touchdown passes and 4,580 yards passing.
Washington: LB Ben Burr-Kirven averaged nearly 13 tackles per game for the Pac-12's stingiest defense.
Burr-Kirven an unassuming leader for No. 16 Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — Of all the impact players on the standout defense for No. 16 Washington, Ben Burr-Kirven might be the most unassuming.
He doesn't seek attention. Doesn't celebrate every play he makes. All he does is make tackles, and make them at a rate rarely seen at Washington in the past three decades.
Top defense in the country belongs to No. 9 Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — Pete Kwiatkowski is quiet and unassuming. He enjoys remaining in the background, his role being that of a teacher and planner as the defensive coordinator for No. 9 Washington.
His players, though, view him a little bit differently as the one largely responsible for Washington fielding the best defense in the country.