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Washington junior QB Jake Browning is expected to be shelved for six weeks after recently undergoing right shoulder surgery.

Per the Seattle Times, the injury occurred against Arizona State on Nov. 19. Browning played through it, and Huskies coaches kept the news a secret as they prepared for the College Football Playoff. The throwing-shoulder injury gives some context to Browning's late-season struggles (along with playing a brutal slate down the stretch. Browning had a 202.79 quarterback rating through nine games, better than Russell Wilson’s 2011 NCAA single-season record. His QB rating dropped to 161.82 over the final five games. Browning was sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting after throwing for 3,430 yards and 43 scores.
Jan 18 - 3:21 PM

Washington redshirt sophomore DL Vita Vea will return to the program for the 2017 season.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline was on this one back at the beginning of January. Vea's return at least offers a little salve for a Washington team which lost a quartet of stud underclassmen to the draft earlier this winter in WR John Ross, S Budda Baker, CB Sidney Jones and DL Elijah Qualls. This past season, the 6-foot-5, 332-pound Vea recorded 39 tackles (6.5 for loss), five sacks and a forced fumble. He played in all 14 of Washington's games in 2016. Should he declare for the draft after the 2017 season, he has first-round potential.
Jan 13 - 6:04 PM

Washington redshirt junior WR John Ross' injury history includes a meniscus tear in his right knee in 2014 followed by microfracture surgery.

Before the surgery, Ross played out the remainder of the season, from game three to the year's conclusion. "But I was worried if I said something, I probably would have to sit out for the rest of the season." Then Ross tore the ACL and meniscus in his left knee during spring practice, leading to a redshirt year in 2015. Ross took college football by storm this year, recording 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns on 81 catches. It was easily his best season, which makes sense when considering he played with a torn meniscus in 2014, his last season on the field. Ross recently declared for the draft. It will be worth monitoring his medicals during the draft process.
Source: ESPN
Jan 4 - 8:36 AM

Washington redshirt junior WR John Ross will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported as much on Monday, with Ross making it official on Tuesday. In addition, teammates S Budda Baker, CB Sidney Jones and DL Elijah Qualls are also opting for draft jumps. Ross caught 81 passes for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns this past season. In mid-October, an NFC scout forwarded the opinion that the wideout is "going to end up being a better pro than Brandin Cooks."
Jan 3 - 3:44 PM

Washington junior DT Elijah Qualls will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Qualls turned in 38 tackles this past season, including five for loss and three sacks. Those strong numbers earned the 6-foot-1, 311-pounder All-Pac-12 first-team honors. CBS Sports projects Qualls as a potential first- or second-round selection. Last winter, ESPN's Ted Miller referred to the Washington standout as a "force against the run and a sneaky good pass-rusher."
Jan 3 - 3:40 PM

Washington junior CB Sidney Jones will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Hat tip to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, who reported all the way back in October that Jones was a likely draft entrant. At the time, the analyst wrote that the 6-foot, 180-pounder was "developing into a true shutdown corner" and predicted a mid-first round selection for the Huskies standout. "Most impressively," wrote NFL Media's Bucky Brooks early in the season, "he is an alpha dog on the edge, exhibiting a feistiness that will make him an ideal CB1 prospect to play against big-bodied receivers on the edges."
Jan 3 - 2:37 PM

Washington junior S Budda Baker will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Along with Baker, WR John Ross, CB Sidney Jones and DL Elijah Qualls are also leaving Washington to pursue their NFL dreams. For his part, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Baker is coming off his beefiest statistical season to date, one which included 70 tackles (9.5 for loss), two interceptions and five passes defended in 14 games. Size questions could potentially ding Baker come the draft, but in the same light, he has previously drawn comps to successful undersized safeties Earl Thomas and Tyrann Mathieu from NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah. Baker should see first- or early-second round interest.
Jan 3 - 2:32 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline expects Washington redshirt sophomore DL Vita Vea to return to school for the 2017 season.

Pauline reports those close to Vea are gathering information, but the expectation is to play another season for the Huskies. Pauline adds Vea would likely be the first player drafted off this Washington team if he did declare, which is something to keep in mind heading into the 2017 season. Vea is a massive 6-foot-5, 332-pound interior lineman.
Jan 3 - 8:54 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Washington redshirt junior WR John Ross will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

No real surprise, here. After tearing his ACL and missing the 2015 season, Ross came out with a strong proof-of-health campaign in helping Washington to a Playoff berth (and subsequent Bama smothering). The 5-foot-11, 179-pound wideout logged a 81-1150-17 receiving line in 2016. He figures to record one of the fastest 40-yard dash times at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. During the spring, he was clocked at 4.25 seconds. Come the draft itself, he could sprint his way to a Day 1 selection if things break right.
Jan 2 - 6:45 PM

Washington sophomore RB Myles Gaskin rushed for 34 yards on 10 carries in Saturday's 24-7 loss to Alabama in the Peach Bowl.

No shame for Gaskin, as every major Washington star was more/less non-existent on Saturday. On other occasions when Gaskin has been slow to start or working through issues in-game, Lavon Coleman has come on to spell him to great effect. Coleman, himself, managed just 16 yards rushing. The Huskies offense will bounce back from this stonewalling. Both Gaskin and QB Jake Browning are sophomores with additional ceiling and room for development. As is, the 5-foot-9, 192-pound Gaskin finishes up his 2016 campaign having rushed for 1,373 yards and 10 touchdowns over the course of 14 games played.
Jan 1 - 10:47 AM

Washington redshirt junior WR John Ross caught five passes for 28 yards in Saturday's 24-7 loss to Alabama in the Peach Bowl.

Just before Christmas, Ross said that Alabama "probably [doesn't] have a weakness." He found that to be true in a bad way on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 179-pounder was never able to shake free with his so-long speed and even if he had, QB Jake Browning generally had no time to throw. Bad combination, that. Ross finishes his final season of collegiate ball having caught 81 passes for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is a potential first-round selection, particularly in a thinner class of wideouts.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 07:26:00 PM

Washington sophomore QB completed 20-of-38 passes for 150 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's 24-7 loss to Alabama in the Peach Bowl.

Well, it started out well enough for Browning and company on Saturday, at least. He would connect with Dante Pettis for a 16-yard touchdown to open up a 7-0 lead with 8:01 remaining in the first quarter. Those would be the only points Washington scored in the game, though, as Alabama's defense swallowed up the Huskies time and time again. Browning's low point came when he threw a 26-yard pick-six to Ryan Anderson just over a minute before the close of the first half. That came just moments after another near INT. Alabama held Washington to 194 total yards when all was said and done. Despite the bitter -- if somewhat expected -- end to Washington's season, Browning should be on the Heisman short list come the start of the 2017 campaign. He threw 43 touchdown passes in 14 games this season.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 06:44:00 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban compared Washington's defense to that of the Seattle Seahawks.

Saban is a skilled practitioner of buttering up the opposition, but he is spot on, here. Said CFB's reigning kingpin, "They're sort of a little bit Seattle Seahawk-like in the fact that we're gonna do what we do and we're gonna do it really well. They do a great job of executing the things that they play. They do a great job of breaking on the ball." CB Sidney Jones and S Budda Baker are both potential Day 1 selections in the draft (should they declare), though Baker's size (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) could be cause for him to slip into the second or third round. We understand why Alabama is favored by double-digits in their upcoming New Year's Eve date with the Huskies, but they are a far tougher opponent -- on both sides of the ball -- than Bama's Playoff-opening 2015 dance partner in Michigan State. "They're very good, they have length at corner, they're very good cover guys," Saban said.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 03:02:00 PM

Washington redshirt junior WR John Ross said that Alabama "probably [doesn't] have a weakness."

Unless Mads Mikkelsen planted a secret weakness inside Nick Saban's CFB planet destroyer, anyway. Through 13 games, no team has found the exhaust port on the Bama behemoth. "We want to win a national championship. And we know it goes through Alabama. They’re the best team in the country for a reason," said RB Myles Gaskin. The Huskies will take their crack at the defending champs in the Peach Bowl on New Year's Eve. Alabama has allowed more than 30 points just once this season, when the Ole Miss X-Wing was shot down by the Alabama Tie Fighter just moments before QB Chad Kelly had a clean shot at blowing the whole thing up in what ended as a 48-43 defeat on September 17.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 02:09:00 PM

Washington senior edge rusher Joe Mathis has already left the program to prepare for his NFL career.

Mathis was declared out for the season in early November after undergoing foot surgery. He said he would return for the Rose Bowl, but obviously that will not happen with Washington facing Alabama in the first round of the College Football Playoff. Who knows how long Mathis is sidelined for, but he reportedly has been invited to the NFLPA game and is preparing for the NFL Combine. He was viewed as Washington's top pass rusher, and due to other injuries, the Huskies will have a difficult time creating pressure on Alabama. Mathis hovered around 245 pounds during the season.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 11:13:00 AM


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