Junior running back Kyle Evans made his season debut against UNC after recovering from a dislocated hip.
Last year's No. 2 tailback, Evans didn't run the ball against UNC, but did catch a pass for six yards and was on the field for several snaps.
"It was mostly just a sigh of relief," he said of being back on the field. "That was the final hurdle I needed to cross. Being able to get hit and be on the field with my teammates was a great feeling."
Slowing the run
Washington's run game hasn't been overly impressive to this point, but MacIntyre is well aware of how explosive the Huskies be on the ground.
In last year's Pac-12 title game, the Huskies rushed for 265 yards in a 41-10 win against the Buffs.
"They completely dominated us, especially in the second half," MacIntyre said. "They did an excellent job and we've got to do a better job or we don't have a chance to beat them if we can't slow down the run game."
Junior Myles Gaskin, who had over 1,300 yards in each of his first two seasons at Washington, has rushed for just 153 yards (51.0 per game) this season. Lavon Coleman, who had 852 yards and averaged 7.5 yards per carry last year, has just 88 yards this year, while averaging 3.6 yards per rush.
MacIntyre said sophomore defensive lineman Frank Umu remains suspended. Umu has not played this season. ... Texas Tech transfer Tony Brown is giving the Buffs some good looks as a scout team receiver. Brown has to sit out this season because of the NCAA transfer rule. "He's looking excellent on the show teams," MacIntyre said. "It seems like it's going well. Every time I talk to him he's liking it here and enjoying it. We're excited to have Tony here." ... As of Wednesday, the Buffs had sold around 46,500 tickets for Saturday's game.