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Four-star CB Byron Murphy committed to Washington on Thursday.

Washington's already stout defense just gained another chess piece. Murphy checks in at No. 187 in the ESPN 300. He's the eighth four-star recruit to commit to Washington for the 2016 recruiting cycle. The 5-foot-11, 168-pound prospect received offers from Arizona State and Texas A&M, among others, before opting for the Huskies. While he's a bit on the slim side right now, ESPN projects him to fill out and noted that Murphy, "has the ability to change direction and mirror receivers tightly off the line and the wiry strength to press and reroute." Scout.com ranks him as the 10th best corner prospect in the country, but their analysts believe that he could actually play at corner, safety or even receiver at the collegiate level. Given the way Washington finished out the season and the new blood they're bringing in, do not be shocked if they make a serious run in the Pac-12 during the coming season.
Jan 21 - 3:02 PM

Washington DT Taniela Tupou accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Not to be confused with the rugby player, Tupou earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors this past season. The 6-foot-2, 288-pounder recorded 37 tackles (5.5 for loss) and a forced fumble in his first full season as a Huskies' starter. He also scooped up a little hardware from the program after the season, winning the Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational Award, a prestigious team award.
Jan 19 - 7:07 PM

Washington TE Joshua Perkins accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Perkins has posted escalating production almost across the board over the course of his college career. This past season, the 6-foot-4, 226-pounder caught 36 passes for 539 yards and three touchdowns while averaging a solid 15 yards per reception. In October, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that Perkins reminded him of former Cal/current Packers TE Richard Rodgers due to his build and his ability to work the middle of the field.
Jan 17 - 3:18 PM

Washington junior RB Dwayne Washington will skip his senior season of eligibility and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

"He’s decided to move on to the NFL … and, hey, we support him," Washington head coach Chris Petersen said following Saturday’s victory over Southern Mississiippi in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Washington lost the starting spot to freshman Myles Gaskin and did not play in the final three games of the year due to a knee injury. He has a history of those and wasn't going to surpass the wunderkind Gaskin on the depth chart next season, but that doesn't meant Washington is a bum. The 6-foot-2, 221-pounder rushed for 697 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014. Washington is huge, fast (he's clocked a hand-timed 4.42-second 40-yard dash) and is a stellar receiver out of the backfield. His body has betrayed him in recent years, so the NFL will be digging into his medical charts in the coming months.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 02:43:00 PM

Washington freshman RB Myles Gaskin rushed for a season-high 181 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 44-31 Heart of Texas Bowl victory over Southern Miss.

Gaskin's 86-yard touchdown run jaunt late in the third quarter gave the Huskies a 31-24 lead they would never relinquish. The 5-foot-9, 192-pound super frosh closed the season on a heater, topping 100 rushing yards in four straights, a span in which he scored seven ground touchdowns. On the whole, Gaskin finished with 1,202 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 07:05:00 PM

Washington freshman QB Jake Browning completed 23-of-34 passes for 284 yards in Saturday's 44-31 Heart of Texas victory versus Southern Miss.

He also ran for 28 yards. Washington closes out a promising rebuilding season 7-6. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Browning and fellow true frosh RB Myles Gaskin are tremendous program building blocks. Browning was up-and-down throughout the 2015 campaign -- to be expected from a first-year QB -- but finished with a nice 2,955 yards and a 16/10 TD/INT rate on over 63 percent completions.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 06:55:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said his team "[was] playing our best ball as the season ended."

"It’s hard to jump right back into where you left off," Petersen admitted, "but we need to do that to have a chance against these guys." While the Huskies finished with an outwardly disappointing 6-6 record, they closed the 2015 campaign with a 52-7 throttling of Oregon State and a 45-10 demolition of Washington State. Said Petersen, "We’ve had a lot of struggles through the year, and a lot of good struggles, a lot of growth" They'll look to build momentum toward 2016 when they face Southern Miss in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on December 26.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 07:36:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said redshirt sophomore ILB Azeem Victor has "made great progress" in his discipline.

Petersen was asked about Victor's playing style and whether it counts as dirty. He responded thusly: " So much of it is instincts and reaction. You don’t even have time to think. We’re trying to build those instincts into our thinking skills." The 6-foot-3, 240-pound redshirt sophomore was suspended for a half against Oregon in mid-October as NCAA punishment for a targeting ejection against USC the previous week.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 06:38:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen indicated that the team would name a new DL coach "soon."

Washington's looking to replace Jeff Choate, who had served as DL coach and special teams coordinator prior to taking the head coaching job at Montana State. With Choate's help, the Huskies boasted the 12th best scoring defense in the nation, right behind Michigan. They'll face Southern Miss in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on December 26. Expect news on the new DL coach to surface sometime this week.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 05:22:00 PM

Washington will play Southern Miss in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26.

The Huskies are nine-point favorites and the over/under has been set at 56.5. This game features one of the biggest strength of schedule discrepancies of any bowl matchup. Per the Sagarin Ratings, the Huskies played the No. 21 SOS against Southern Miss' No. 135 SOS. Both programs are on the upswing. Washington has a pair of freshman stars in QB Jake Browning and RB Myles Gaskin. The Golden Eagles, meanwhile, won a combined four games over the past four years before improving to nine already this year.
Source: SB Nation
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 05:57:00 PM

Washington redshirt senior LB Travis Feeney will attend the East West Shrine Game.

Feeney is an emerging talent who has caught the attention of evaluators thanks to his athleticism. However, Tony Pauline has reported that Feeney is dealing with a shoulder issue and could be red-flagged because of it. If you remember, Chris Polk also had shoulder issues out of Washington and he ended up as an undrafted free agent.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 10:33:00 AM

Washington redshirt junior LB Travis Feeney has "unsettling" medicals, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Uh oh. "The athletic prospect is a three down defender that’s been productive on the college level at a variety of linebacker spots," Pauline wrote. "He possesses second day football and athletic abilities but from what I’ve been told his injury history, which centers around multiple shoulder issues, will red-flag Feeney, potentially into the late rounds." The 6-foot-3, 223-pounder has flashed "dominant potential" at times this year, according to NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 10:03:00 PM

Washington senior WR Jaydon Mickens will play in the NFLPA Bowl.

The 5-foot-11, 171-pounder posted 65 and 60 catches, respectively, over the past two years. He's at 50 now with another game coming. Mickens is small and can get jammed and bullied, but he's quick, runs good routes and has good hands. Whether as a Day 3 pick or as a UDFA, he'll get a shot to make an NFL roster over the summer.
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 09:16:00 PM

Washington sophomore LB Keishawn Bierria has "markedly improved his game and production this season," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline made a shaded comparison to former Washington standout Shaq Thompson, writing that Bierria shares Thompson's "fierce and explosive demeanor" despite a relative lack of size. Bierria checks in at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds. For the 2015 season, he's recorded 70 tackles (7.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Pauline sees him as a "defender [who] will stand out in a system which gives him a free run to the action."
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 09:32:00 PM

Washington senior WR Jaydon Mickens had five catches for 81 yards in Friday's 45-10 win against Washington State.

Mickens will provide an interesting evaluation for scouts. The 5-foot-11, 171-pounder is sleight, won't win any weight-lifting competitions, hasn't made a leap on the field (he had 65 and 60 catches, respectively, over the past two years and is at 50 now) and isn't a blazer. That said, he's quick and tough, is a good route runner and boasts sticky mitts. Mickens projects as an NFL slot receiver. Whether he lands in the mid- or late-rounds (UDFA isn't out of the question either) will be decided at the NFL Combine. Mickens is advised to bulk up to over 180 pounds and run the forty in the 4.4s.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 09:00:00 PM


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