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Washington named interim AD Jennifer Cohen to the position permanently.

Cohen was named interim athletic director after Scott Woodward fled to take the AD job at Texas A&M in January. Interim no more. In a statement, university president Ana Mari Cauce said, "[Cohen's] years of experience leading its fundraising program, along with her direct involvement overseeing football, provide a strong foundation for assuming overall leadership for the department. This is the right time for her, and I look forward to a very exciting time for our students, coaches and fans of Husky athletics."
May 25 - 12:32 AM

ESPN's Chantel Jennings tagged Washington junior S Budda Baker as the team's most versatile player.

"Though Baker is the Huskies' star safety, it doesn't take much imagination to think of him playing elsewhere for Washington," Jennings wrote. Last summer, Sports on Earth's Matt Brown offered a similar sentiment, envisioning the 5-foot-10, 176-pounder having a potential for contributions on offense and special teams. At least to this point, HC Chris Petersen has not utilized him in this fashion. Baker logged just one punt return last season. He returned that one 40 yards, perhaps making the point. On his natural side of the ball, he recorded 49 tackles (1.5 for loss) and two interceptions. The high school track star dwarfed that tackle mark as a freshman, when he registered 80 of them on his way to earning All-Pac-12 honorable mention for the 2014 campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 9:47 PM

Washington junior CB Sidney Jones slots No. 20 on Mel Kiper's Big Board.

Despite having started since his true freshman season, Jones has rarely been discussed in prospect circles until now. "He's consistently making great reads, and his hard work off the field has paid off," Kiper wrote. Jones led the Pac-12 with 14 pass break-ups, tied for No. 4 in interceptions (4), tied for No. 2 in forced fumbles (3) and tied for No. 5 in fumble recoveries (2). For that, he was a first-team All-Pac-12 honoree last year. And it's worth noting that he was also a second-team Academic All-Pac-12 selection and a CoSIDA District VIII Academic All-America pick.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 8:58 PM

ESPN's Ted Miller wrote that Washington "[doesn't have] a glaring area of weakness."

Miller pointed to back-to-back games against Stanford (home) and Oregon (road) on September 30 and October 8, respectively, as a prime test for the Huskies. Sophomore QB Jake Browning has already begun to garner very, very early talk as a potential dark horse Heisman candidate, while Washington's defense will be looking to back up a 2015 season in which they finished as a top-15 scoring unit. They surrendered an average of just 18.77 points per contest. It should be noted that for all the young buzz around Washington, they did not play like a top-25 team until the end of the season, when they reeled off blowout wins against Oregon State, Washington State and Southern Miss.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 6:43 PM

Raiders signed Washington WR Jaydon Mickens.

Mickens (5’11, 170) offers NFL-level athleticism and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds at his Pro Day while turning in leaps of 35.5 inches vertically and 10-foot-1 broad. His true standout mark came on the three-cone drill, which he aced in 6.58 seconds. That would have been the second-best time by a wideout had he pulled it off at the NFL Scouting Combine. All of this is well and good, but Mickens handicaps his own natural ability with sloppy routes and a general lack of receiving intelligence. Those are coach-able elements, at least.
May 12 - 4:45 PM

Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis wrote that Washington sophomore QB Jake Browning "could easily creep into the Heisman conversation."

Ellis believes that Washington's rapidly increasing profile as a Pac-12 contender could earn Browning a brighter spotlight that could lead to that Heisman creeper talk. We like what the 6-foot-2, 206-pounder showed in spots last season, particularly down the stretch, but after throwing for 2,955 yards with a 16/10 TD/INT ratio, he would need to take a monumental statistical leap in order to truly be considered a Heisman contender. He isn't there yet.
May 9 - 2:40 PM

Rams signed Washington LB Cory Littleton.

Littleton (6'3/238) was a 32-game starter for the Huskies, seeing action at both rush end and outside linebacker and particularly shining on special teams. He tallied 26 career tackles for loss with 12 sacks and three forced fumbles, earning honorable mention All-Pac 12 as a senior. Littleton showed good-not-great athleticism in Indy, running 4.72 with a 29 1/2-inch vertical. Littleton has some pass-rush ability, but his likeliest NFL ticket is special teams. He's not an upside prospect.
May 6 - 10:32 PM

Lions selected Washington RB Dwayne Washington with the No. 236 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Washington (6'1/223) left school as a redshirt junior despite making just 13 starts, logging 1,311 yards and 17 touchdowns on 226 carries (5.8 YPC) and catching 41 passes. He missed the final four games of 2015 with an ankle injury. A terrific athlete, Washington ripped up the UW Pro Day with a 4.44 forty, 10-foot-7 broad jump, and strong agility scores. Washington is still developing as an inside runner, but offers the traits to make it work and impressive passing-game chops for such a big back. He's worth monitoring as a deep sleeper.
Apr 30 - 6:10 PM

Steelers selected Washington OLB Travis Feeney with the No. 220 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Feeney (6'4/230) made 32 starts at UW, tallying 33 career tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and four interceptions. He earned second-team All-Pac 12 as a senior. Also a prolific special teamer throughout his career, Feeney blew up the Combine with a 4.5-flat forty, 40-inch vertical and 10-foot-10 broad jump. A converted safety, Feeney's game lacks power and strength but he has top-shelf movement skills, long arms (33") and coverage prowess.
Apr 30 - 5:37 PM

Washington junior QB Jeff Lindquist is switching tight end for the 2016 campaign.

Lindquist was in the mix to start in 2015 before freshman QB Jake Browning took control of the reigns in August. Browning would have his shaky moments in 2015, but locked in down the stretch and is the expected starter for 2016. The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Lindquist shifts over to tight end. During a 7-on-7 drill on Monday, he showed off his hands, making a nice catch over CB Jordan Miller.
Apr 19 - 12:11 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt relays that Washington RB Dwayne Washington's "hands weren't [good]" during Thursday's Pro Day.

"[Washington's] positional workout was good," Brandt wrote, "but his hands weren't and [he] had some dropped passes." Given that he 6-foot-1, 223-pound back caught 25 balls for 315 yards and three touchdowns last season -- and has 40 catches over the last two years combined -- his Thursday butterfingers aren't the norm. Fingers and hands aside, Washington showed off a nice combination of speed and strength in his Pro Day testing, running the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds and lifting the bar 21 times during the bench press.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 3 - 4:57 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt noted that Washington LB Cory Littleton "had a solid workout" during Thursday's Pro Day.

Littleton logged 40-yard dash times of 4.76 and 4.73 seconds while posting jumps of 32 1/2 inches (vertical) and 9-foot-11 (broad). The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder came on to post the best overall year of his collegiate career in 2015. Among the stats that he recorded, 63 tackles (11 for loss), six sacks and a pair of passes defended. He failed to intercept a pass last season, but analyst Brandt noted that on the whole, he "catches the ball well in space." A pick late on Day 3 or undrafted free agency likely await Littleton when all is said and done in Chicago at the end of the month.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 3 - 3:14 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes that Washington TE Joshua Perkins has "some outstanding pass-catching film and the natural skill to make a Sunday roster."

During Thursday's Pro Day, Perkins logged a 40-yard dash of 4.68 seconds, a three-cone drill of 6.96 seconds and a short shuttle of 4.38 seconds. Pauline likes what he's seen on tape -- last season, the 6-foot-3, 223-pound tight end caught 36 passes for 539 yards and three touchdowns -- but wonders about Perkins' future position. Wrote the analyst, "The question is, does he line up as a move tight end/H-back, or is he a big possession receiver?" In October, NFL Media's Chad Reuter drew a comparison to former Cal TE Richard Rogers, as he believes both Rogers and Perkins have a knack for making the middle of the field their own.
Apr 3 - 2:09 PM

Washington OLB Travis Feeney (sports hernia) did not participate in the program's Pro Day on Thursday.

Feeney actually competed at the NFL Scouting Combine despite his health issues, but following the events in Indianapolis, he underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder indicated that he considered the procedure to be relatively minor, calling it a "real quick surgery" before adding that there's "no pain." As for his work at the Combine, Feeney logged some impressive numbers including a 40-yard dash time of 4.50 seconds, a stellar 40-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-10 broad jump. He should be healthy once camp opens for the mystery date that is his future NFL team.
Apr 3 - 1:56 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt noted that Washington WR Jaydon Mickens proved to be "really quick" during his Pro Day on Thursday.

Among the numbers Mickens posted on Thursday's Pro Day, a 40-yard dash of 4.51 and 4.52 seconds, a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 3.87-second run of the 20-yard shuttle and a 6.58-second dash through the three-cone drill. The latter two results particularly impressed Brandt and showcased that element of quickness he spoke to. Last season, Mickens caught 58 passes for 692 yards (11.9 yards per reception) and a pair of touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 174-pound wideout is a likely street free agent following the draft, but could offer help to a team in need of a slot receiver or, perhaps, a return specialist.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 3 - 12:52 PM


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