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Sports on Earth's Matt Brown says it's Washington sophomore S Budda Baker's "turn to step into the spotlight" after Shaq Thompson, Marcus Peters, Hau'oli Kikaha and Danny Shelton defected to the NFL.

A stud recruit (he was the Seattle Times State Player of the Year in 2013), Baker was immediately inserted into the starting lineup as a true freshman. He didn't disappoint, earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors while rolling up 80 tackles, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one interception. "While only 5-foot-10, 176 pounds, Baker is a tremendous athlete," Brown wrote.
Jul 1 - 1:59 PM

Washington QB Cyler Miles is retiring from football due to a hip injury, according to ESPN's Joe Schad.

Miles began his leave of absence from the football team back in March and reports made sure to note it was not for disciplinary reasons, as Miles' career was previously impacted by off-field occurrences. We are not sure when the hip issue took place, but Miles suffered a concussion last October. Schad adds Miles will continue his education. Miles was considered the odds on starter at the time of his leave of absence.
Jun 22 - 6:54 PM

Washington has added JUCO QB Tony Rodriguez to their roster for the 2015 season.

He is expected to join the team in two weeks. Rodriguez's high school recruitment was derailed a bit after breaking his collarbone as a senior and spent his freshman season at City College of San Francisco as a backup. Rodriguez has two seasons of on-field action available. Washington's starting job is still up in the air with Cyler Miles absent.
Jun 8 - 10:49 AM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said the school's QB competition is between three right now.

"If it stays as is, we have three guys," Petersen said. The "if" is a major word of note, as the odds on starter, Cyler Miles, sat out spring football and the Seattle Times even mentioned the quarterback does not plan on playing in 2015. Miles' departure was termed a "voluntary leave of absence." Lindquist was announced as the 2014 starter last August, but did not run away with the job and was replaced after one game.
Source: OC Register
May 16 - 12:20 PM

Former Washington sophomore CB Jermaine Kelly has decided to transfer from the program.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Kelly started the first two games of the season in 2014, before breaking his ankle in practice, which forced him to miss the rest of the year. With true freshman CB Sidney Jones having a solid season in Kelly's absence, and sophomore cornerbacks Darren Gardenhire and Naijiel Hale playing well this spring, Kelly would not likely have an opportunity to start.
May 11 - 2:20 PM

Seahawks signed Washington WR Kasen Williams.

Williams failed his physical when he reported to Bengals camp. Oft-injured at the University of Washington, Williams will now get a shot with his hometown NFL team. Williams was a big recruit out of high school, but underachieved with the Huskies and showed sub-par athleticism at the Combine.
May 9 - 7:44 PM

Bengals released/failed physical WR Kasen Williams.

It's unknown why Williams failed his physical, though it's likely related to the Lisfranc injury he suffered in 2013. Rob Rang of CBS Sports believes Williams' hometown Seahawks will bring him in for a visit this weekend. Even if Williams lands elsewhere, he's unlikely to be a difference maker in the NFL.
May 8 - 10:43 PM

Washington junior WR/CB John Ross will miss the 2015 season after sustaining a leg injury.

Ross was another two way player for the Huskies in 2014, lining up at receiver and starting four games at corner. Ross dealt with injuries last season and already had surgery on his right knee. He will sit out the 2015 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.
May 8 - 11:16 AM

The Steelers have signed Washington redshirt senior OT Micah Hatchie.

Hatchie (6'5/306) has started every game for the Huskies at the left tackle position since 2012. The three-year starter earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors the past two seasons. Hatchie also had invitations to try out for the Seahawks, Browns and Chargers, but decided to sign with the Steelers.
May 5 - 3:24 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva disagreed with Carolina's strategy of aggressively trading up twice in the draft and gave their class a "C+" grade.

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman shipped St. Louis the Nos. 57, 89, and 201 picks for 41 (used on Michigan WR Devin Funchess) and then sent Oakland Nos. 124, 161, and 242 for the 102nd pick (to select Oklahoma OT Daryl Williams). Both filled needs, but Silva would have preferred them to stay put and use some of those extra picks to shore up weaknesses at edge rusher, cornerback, and offensive line. ESPN's Mel Kiper graded the class as a "C" and wrote that No. 25 pick Washington LB Shaq Thompson "sure looked like a reach to me" and could have been available in Round 2.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 11:07 PM

Bengals signed Washington WR Kasen Williams.

Williams (6'2/218) arrived at Washington as a top-100 recruit and looked the part as a sophomore with a 77-878-6 receiving line. Unfortunately, Williams regressed after a severe Lisfranc/fibula injury in 2013. He was a part-time player as a senior, starting 6-of-14 games and managing 20 catches with 189 yards and two TDs. Williams showed below-average athleticism at his Pro Day, running 4.63 with a 9-foot-11 broad jump. At this stage, Williams' best chance at a pro career may be in the CFL.
May 4 - 7:14 PM

Kansas City's "draft wasn't flashy, but I thought it was strong," wrote Rotoworld's Evan Silva.

Silva gave the Chiefs a "B-" draft grade. First-round Washington CB Marcus Peters filled a major need and Silva thinks Round 2 zone-blocker Mitch Morse could start at center as a rookie. ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Chiefs an identical "B-" grade. "They got a high-upside wide receiver with Chris Conley in Round 3, and then I really liked the late addition of Da'Ron Brown out of Northern Illinois," Kiper wrote. "Steven Nelson adds more depth in the secondary, and Ramik Wilson helps with a clear need at linebacker."
Source: Rotoworld
May 3 - 11:36 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva graded the Browns' draft as an underwhelming "C+."

"The Browns got better with this class, but that was expected considering how many draft picks they had," Silva wrote. "My skepticism arises from a lack of faith in [Vince] Mayle, [Charles] Gaines, [Malcolm] Johnson, [Randall] Telfer, and [Hayes] Pullard developing into useful players, in addition to critical weaknesses remaining at quarterback, wide receiver, and tight end (even after two were taken late)." ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Browns a "B." "The Browns made a predictable and smart pick with Danny Shelton at No. 12, and I think he helps them shore up a leaky run defense immediately," Kiper wrote. "The really curious selection was Cameron Erving at No. 19. Although I agree with some that he's among the best O-lineman in the draft -- and easily the best center -- he might end up at guard right away."
Source: Rotoworld
May 3 - 10:27 PM

Saints selected Washington OLB Hau'oli Kikaha with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Kikaha (6'2/253) was a unanimous first-team All-America pick in 2014, finishing his UW career as the Huskies' all-time leader in sacks (36) and piling up 51.5 TFLs with seven forced fumbles. Working against Kikaha in the NFL will be athletic deficiencies, as he ran 4.90 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump at his Pro Day. He also tore his ACL twice in college. Described as a "hungry dog in the wild" by ESPN's Todd McShay, Kikaha's calling cards are his relentless motor and power rush. He also flashed an ability to bend the edge in college.
May 1 - 8:15 PM

Panthers selected Washington LB Shaq Thompson with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Thompson (6'0/228) earned the 2014 Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player, finishing his three-year career with 15 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and five interceptions. Thompson scored six TDs in 2014, including three on fumble returns and two at running back. He ran 4.64 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump at the Combine. Not athletic enough for safety and small for linebacker, Thompson is a tweener prospect who may open his career as a dime defender in Carolina's sub-packages. GM Dave Gettleman likely views Thompson as SLB Thomas Davis' long-term heir apparent.
Apr 30 - 10:50 PM


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