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Washington sophomore QB Cyler Miles has often "looked tentative and conservative" this season, according to Seattle Times' Adam Jude.

"Yes, Miles has struggled at times this season. Too often, he has looked tentative and conservative. Too often, he flees the pocket early, a continuing point of emphasis for UW coaches," Jude writes. The 6-foot-4, 213-pound Miles has completed 131 of 200 passes, while throwing for 1404 yards, with 12 touchdowns to 2 interceptions. Jude adds that, "the sentiment around Seattle surrounding Miles’ future seems to be … when does Jake Browning (Washington commit Four-star quarterback) get here?!?"
Nov 14 - 2:39 PM

An AFC South personnel director told NFL.com that "a run-heavy team might like Washington junior LB/RB Shaq Thompson" more as a RB than a LB.

Most scouts and analysts view Thompson as a defensive player at the next level, so it's interesting that an NFL evaluator is finally coming forward to say that the Washington two-way star could possibly have a future on offense. Thompson's rushed for 456 yards on 61 attempts to a 7.5 YPC average. "He has an amazing nose for the ball [on defense], but a run-heavy team might like him better as a RB. He's talented and growing in that spot as his time on offense has increased. A natural runner." We still think he has the highest upside as a defender. Ironically, Thompson's actually scored four of his six total touchdowns from the defensive side of things.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 12 - 7:55 PM

Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha has been named a semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Kikaha currently leads the nation in sacks (16.5) and tackles for loss (21.5). In 2013, he recorded 13 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. This season, the Huskies' prospect has even taken his game to another level. Kikaha is on pace to threaten the NCAA record for Tackles for Loss (held by Jason Babin at 32).
Nov 12 - 4:11 PM

Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha should be available to play against Arizona despite suffering a shoulder stinger against UCLA.

Kikaha produced an early sack of Brett Hundley but appeared to clutch his arm or shoulder when exiting the field. The edge rusher is being asked to do a few more things this year and has stepped up, however, expect him to help an NFL team primarily as a pass rusher who converts speed to power.
Nov 11 - 10:36 AM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said junior Shaq Thompson will start at LB against Arizona.

Thompson started the last three contests at running back while seeing part time snaps at running back. "So we’re getting our running backs going a little bit, so we’re maybe able to balance (Thompson) back over there (on defense) a little bit more," Petersen said, adding Thompson could still see some time on offense if he can handle it. Thompson's NFL projection is on the defensive side of the ball.
Nov 11 - 9:56 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that NFL teams will be looking to see if Washington junior CB Marcus Peters' "issues" are isolated to this season.

Peters was dismissed from the team last week after a series of run-ins with the coaching staff. Peters is perhaps the most talented prospect at his position and teams are going to be doing some deep investigations this winter. Pauline noted that scouts have told him, "the answer could come from former Husky coach Steve Sarkisian, now at USC. If Peters issues are isolated to this season teams believe it won’t hurt him all that much. But if information is received his emotional antics have been a long term issue which were never spoken about by the former coaching staff, Peters will drop."
Nov 10 - 4:39 PM

Washington junior running backer Shaq Thompson rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries in the school's 44-30 loss to UCLA.

Thompson started at running back, as expected, and intermittently contributed on defense. We understand Washington might lack talent at running back, but for selfish purposes we would rather see Thompson on defense on a full time basis.
Nov 9 - 2:35 PM

Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha said that his ACL injuries the past few seasons "made [him] want to be better."

Kikaha tore his ACL when he was a true freshman, then tore it again seven months later. "Watching from the sideline was crushing," said Kikaha. In 2013, he recorded 13 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. In 2014, he's been even better. This season he's on pace to threaten the NCAA record for Tackles for Loss (held by Jason Babin at 32). Kikaha currently has 21.5 TFL and 15.5 sacks, both tops in the country. Production is not an issue for the senior, though some NFL teams might be scared away from him because of his injury-filled past.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 7 - 5:09 PM

Former NFL scout John Middlekauff tweeted he recently spoke with three teams who said they will not have dismissed Washington junior CB Marcus Peters on their draft board.

Peters was dismissed over multiple conflicts with the coaching staff, both during games and at practice. Scouting departments always have close relationships with coaching staffs, especially a veteran like Chris Petersen. Even though teams have yet to interview Peters, the information they receive from those close to the program usually takes precedent. Peters will be drafted, but the question is how early.
Nov 7 - 10:46 AM

Washington freshman CB Naijiel Hale will likely take dismissed CB Marcus Peters' place int he starting lineup.

The only true corners on scholarship left on Washington's roster are three true freshman, according to beat writer Adam Jude. Sidney Jones will start opposite Hale, and receiver John Ross is expected to contribute in the slot.
Nov 6 - 10:51 AM

Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters has been dismissed from the team, according to Dave Mahler and Adam Jude.

Peters was suspended for the Illinois game due to a sideline tirade after he was benched for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Perhaps the most talented draft-eligible prospect at his position, Peters will have to now answer even more questions about his time with the Huskies but is absolutely NFL bound. Beat writer Adam Jude reports the corner "got into an argument with an assistant coach during practice Wednesday, a source said, apparently the final straw in a series of run-ins with Washington’s new coaching staff." This was after having another argument with coaches during the Colorado and after missing practice on Tuesday. Washington faces UCLA on Saturday. Peters is the ninth player Chris Petersen has dismissed or suspended since taking over in February.
Nov 6 - 10:11 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. noted that Washington junior LB/RB Shaq Thompson is "still a defender if we're talking draft value."

Thompson has worked impressively as a RB in Washington's last two games, rumbling for 98 yards against Stanford and 176 against Colorado. At the NFL-level, though, Thompson is still viewed as a linebacker. Mel Kiper Jr. likes him on that level, saying "he's an extraordinary athlete" and calling the junior "an effective tackler and playmaker, which is saying something for a guy who has played safety, running back and cornerback." Kiper wrote that the key for Thompson was "play[ing] in space" so that he wouldn't be "swallowed up" if engaged by a good blocker.
Nov 5 - 7:17 PM

Former NFL Scout John Middlekauff believes Washington senior DT Danny Shelton "has potential to be a round one player."

"A player who has really opened eyes this year -- he just needs to continue to consistently dominate and put it on tape. He has potential to be a round one player -- his measurements (arm length/height/weight), Reese's Senior Bowl and NFL Combine performances will go a long way to solidify his stock," Middlekauf writes. The 6-foot-2, 332-pound "is not as good of a prospect as Dontari Poe, who went top 15, but is better than 2014 Senior Bowler Justin Elllis, who went in the third round," according to Middlekauff.
Nov 5 - 2:30 PM

An NFL scout told Sports Illustrated that Washington junior Shaq Thompson projects as a first- or second-round draft pick if he chooses to enter the 2015 NFL Draft as an underclassman.

"The scout pointed out that Thompson is bigger than Tampa Bay Buccaneers star linebacker Lavonte David, a second-round pick in 2012. Whether it’s as a safety or linebacker, the scout projects Thompson as a first- or second-round selection and expects him to leave early for May’s NFL Draft," The Inside Read wrote. Even though Thompson is one of Washington's best running backs, his true projection and real value is on defensive side of the ball. Washington coach Chris Petersen and another NFL scout who spoke with SI's Inside Read, believe Thompson is "just a football player." The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Thompson rushed for 174 rushing on 15 carries, while scoring a touchdown in Washington’s 38-23 win against Colorado.
Nov 5 - 2:15 PM

Washington junior Shaq Thompson will start at RB, not LB, against UCLA for the third straight game.

Thompson will play some on defense, according to head coach Chris Petersen, unlike the last two games when he has strictly played running back. The junior 174 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries against Colorado. We think Thompson is a fine running back, but his true projection and real value is on defense. While he might be Washington's best running back, the team is weakening their second level defenders without him playing on that side of the ball on a full time basis.
Source: Komo News
Nov 5 - 11:15 AM


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