Fabiculanan draws safety start with Turner unable to play

The University of Washington secondary was expected to be picked and he did sometimes, but he was strong enough to take the Huskies to a 39-28 win Saturday night over Michigan State. .

This time, the UW found themselves with a pair of starters with safety Asa Turner injured during the week and cornerback Jordan Perryman still unable to return after suffering a leg injury in Game 1. It was two-fifths of the defensive field missing against a marquee opponent.

Yet it seems that every week Kalen DeBoer’s technical staff resurrects a player left out by the previous regime.

This time it was Kamren Fabiculanan, stepping down as a hybrid Husky to replace Turner, who is suffering from an unspecified illness and will also miss next week’s Pac-12 opener against Stanford.

The player known as Kam Fab and Julius Irvin were UW’s starting safeties a year ago against Montana, but the latter lost his job after the season-opening upset loss and Irvin has was substituted after Game 2 against Michigan.

Against Michigan State, both were first team again. The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Fabiculanan, a sophomore from Camarillo, Calif., was second in tackles for UW with 8, one behind safety Alex Cook, and he had a pass breakup.

He had no problem preparing to play his old position after learning on Wednesday that Turner was out.

“Very confident,” Fabiculanan said. “I’m proud to know the whole defence. Making the switch was really easy.”

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Irvin had a pair of tackles, a pass deflection and an interception in the fourth quarter at Michigan State 11 that led to a field goal.

“He keeps biting and scratching and clawing his way around the football field,” DeBoer said of Irvin. “It happened right in front of me, pick. It was pretty cool. I could share that moment and tell him how I saw it.”

Irvin and Fabiculanan were ruled out a year ago as the season rolled right into the tank. This time they come to the rescue of the Huskies who are now 3-0.

“We believe in him to come out, not just me but the entire coaching staff, and to get away with it – that’s what we coach for,” DeBoer said, using Irvin as an example. “It means a lot to everyone.”

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