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Bleacher Report's Kerry Miller lists Washington junior WR Aaron Fuller as the potential "X-Factor" for the Huskies in 2018.

Fuller had 26 catches for 291 yards last year, but you can expect those numbers to increase significantly in 2018; especially with Dante Pettis off to catch passes and return punts for the 49ers. Fuller had six catches for 61 yards with a score in the Fiesta Bowl, and he was a standout star this spring. Chico McClatcher is the name that gets the most hype among Washington wideouts -- and it's understandable why -- but don't be surprised if Fuller is the Huskies leading receiver in 2018.
Aug 19 - 1:59 PM

Washington received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DT Jacob Bandes.

Bandes commits to the Huskies over schools like Oregon, California and UCLA, and he had visits with Oregon and Illinois scheduled that he's now cancelled. It's a significant pickup for the Huskies recruiting class, as Bandes ranks 88th overall on the 247 Sports top 100 and sixth among defensive tackles in their composite rankings. At 6-foot-3, 306-pounds, Bandes has the size to contribute right away, and with Greg Gaines graduating this year, he could have the opportunity, too. Washington's class currently ranks 32nd overall in the 247 Sports rankings, third in the Pac-12.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 17 - 8:06 PM

Washington redshirt junior WR Chico McClatcher (ankle) was a full participant in practice on Tuesday.

McClatcher (5'8/181) has been as snakebit as any player in the FBS over the past few years. He sustained a left knee injury in late September of 2016 which limited him by degrees, but that concern paled in comparison to his medical rap sheet from the most recent campaign, when he tore his ACL -- this was not divulged publicly at the time it occurred last September -- and then doubled down on his injury pleasure, breaking his ankle just one week later. Finally recovered, now. Assuming he makes it through preseason camp mostly clean, McClatcher figures to be an integral part of Washington's passing offense upcoming. The Huskies have little established receiving talent on roster and were left all the thinner by the potentially season-ending knee injury sustained by TE Hunter Bryant earlier this offseason. The Huskies will embark on their hopeful Playoff run beginning on Sept. 1, when they take on Auburn in arguably the biggest game of Week 1.
Aug 8 - 2:41 PM

Washington redshirt junior WR Quinten Pounds has turned in a "productive camp" so far.

This is big news with Pounds recovering from his second ACL surgery. Seattle Times' Adam Jude reported "he made a good play to haul in a pass from Haener along the left sideline during 7-on-7 (ruled by the sideline judge incomplete, but it was close). Fuller made a nice diving catch to bring in Haener’s next throw." Pounds hasn't made much of an impact thus far in his career, recording only 16 receptions for 241 yards and two touchdowns. When healthy --a big asterisk at this point-- Pounds can make an impact in the receiving game.
Aug 6 - 7:27 PM

ESPN's Phil Steele projects Washington to win the Pac-12 North.

No shock here, as Washington was projected to easily win the division -- and the conference -- at the Pac-12 media days. Steele notes that Washington brings back one of the most experienced teams in the conference, not just the nation, and they've had back-to-back 10 win seasons. If Jake Browning can find a go-to option and the defense is as good as expected, this is a club that could -- possibly should -- complete for a spot in the playoffs.
Source: ESPN
Jul 29 - 2:00 PM

Washington received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 S Cameron Williams, who had previously been committed to Oregon.

This isn't the first time that an Oregon commit has backed off a commit to pledge with the Huskies -- or vice versa -- but it's always fun when you consider the rivalry. Williams opened up his recruitment in June, and he was also considering USC, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Florida. He's also considered a top prospect on the offensive side of the ball, but the 6-foot, 200-pound Williams is likely to play safety for Washington. The commit ups Washington's ranking in 2019 to 25th in 247 Sports rankings, and second in the Pac-12 behind Oregon.
Jul 27 - 6:52 PM

ESPN ranks Washington atop their Pac-12 power rankings to begin the 2018 season.

USC comes in second, Stanford third, and Oregon and Arizona round out the top five in their eyes, respectively. For those morbidly curious, Oregon State ranks at the bottom of the rankings, to no one's surprise. It's not a surprise to see Washington at the top of these rankings, as they easily were listed as the favorites in the media's preseason poll. With a strong defense, one of the best offensive backfields and a relatively easy schedule, the Huskies are strong bets to compete for a playoff spot in 2018.
Source: ESPN
Jul 27 - 6:27 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen confirmed offseason speculation that sophomore TE Hunter Bryant earlier underwent knee surgery.

Speculation on a potential surgery for Bryant first began to bubble in early June after he posted -- and then deleted -- a picture on his Instagram which showed his leg heavily wrapped. Petersen would not confirm the procedure in a July radio appearance, but finally came clean on the matter during Pac-12 Media Day on Wednesday. He's hopeful that the 6-foot-2, 245-pounder will be able to return before the end of the upcoming season, but there's no concrete timetable for when he might next see the field. Bryant logged a 22-331-1 receiving line as a true freshman before a left knee injury sidelined him over the final weeks of the past campaign. With him ruled out for the foreseeable future, UW figures to give upperclassman TE Drew Sample and redshirt freshmen Jacob Kizer and Cade Otton close looks in August camp. Sample has experience starting, but even with that factored in, Bryant's loss is a major one for the Huskies. He may well have been their top receiver this season if healthy.
Jul 25 - 1:48 PM

In the media's Pac-12 preseason poll, Washington and USC were chosen to win the North and South divisions, respectively.

Not an ounce of drama over in the North division, as Washington received 40-of-42 first-place votes. Stanford and Oregon were the only other programs which received a first-place ballot. The conference media sees matters as a bit more even in the South, though, with USC getting 22 first-place votes and Utah drawing 14 of them. In terms of who the media likes to win the conference in the end, that would be Washington again, with 37 votes of confidence. No other team had double-digit votes to win the conference. It should probably be noted that the Pac-12 media has been very, very hit/miss with its predictions, especially of late. They've correctly prognosticated the conference winner in just three of the last 11 polls.
Source: pac-12.com
Jul 25 - 11:55 AM

ESPN's Phil Steele lists Washington as the team with the second-best secondary for the 2018 season.

The only team that ranks above Washington is Michigan. While the Wolverines may have the better all-around group, you could argue that the Huskies have the better group of NFL prospects. " Cornerbacks Byron Murphy and Jordan Miller are healthy after missing time in '17," writes Steele, "and All-Pac-12 Taylor Rapp and JoJo McIntosh form an elite safety tandem for the Huskies." All four players have a chance to be drafted next year -- if Murphy and Rapp enter the NFL draft early, anyway -- and it's reasonable to expect the Pac-12 favorites to dominate once again in the secondary.
Source: ESPN
Jul 13 - 7:11 PM

Washington received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 ATH Asa Turner.

Turner was down to Notre Dame and Washington, and at least for now, he's made his pledge to the Huskies. At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds; Turner has linebacker size, but he also has the speed and ball-skills to project as a future hard-hitting safety. He ranks 24th among players designated "athletes" in 247 Sports composite rankings, and the Carlsbad, California product ranks 39th among prospects in the always-loaded state.
Jul 13 - 5:28 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 S Cameron Williams is planning on announcing his pledge on July 25.

Williams (6'0/200) was committed to Oregon during the spring, but backed off that pledge last month. The Ducks remain part of his mental framework, though, making his final five-team cut along with Washington, Oklahoma, Nebraska and USC. Of note, the Bakersfield, California, native has yet to visit either the Sooners or Cornhuskers. He feels comfortable with the relationships he's forged with those two programs, but it would probably be a stretch for him to commit sight unseen (though that does occur from time to time). USC, on the other hand, has received plenty of trips, while Washington hosted him on an official visit earlier this offseason. We'd be at least somewhat surprised if the hard-nosed, athletic safety prospect did not end up with a Pac-12 outfit when the time comes for him to make the call. He'll be renting out a movie theater for his announcement.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 12 - 1:23 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Washington junior S Taylor Rapp as one of the top defensive backs to watch in 2018.

Rapp ranks eighth on the list, and he's one of just two safeties on the list along with Miami's Jaquan Johnson. Rapp has been a big part of the Washington defense in his first two years on campus, and he's been named to several preseason All-American teams already. "Tapp has good size and shows no hesitation when it is time to come charging in to pop a ball carrier or wide receiver," Zierlein summarizes, "but I'm still not 100 percent sold on his range as a deep safety, which is what I will be watching for this season."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 9 - 2:15 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen told Sports Radio 950 KJR that there was "nothing to share" about sophomore TE Hunter Bryant's leg injury.

There was wide speculation that Bryant had torn his ACL after he posted an Instagram photo of him on crutches with text that read that he couldn't "hoop" for nine months. Petersen told KJR host Dave Mahler that they would address Bryant in a couple of weeks, but did add that that Bryant was "trending up." We'll know more in August -- and this doesn't tell us much -- but it's good to hear that Bryant is on the right path, anyway. He'd be a major loss to the playoff-hopeful Huskies if he's unable to play at all in 2018.
Jul 9 - 1:12 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein ranks Washington redshirt sophomore CB Byron Murphy second on his list of the top 10 defensive backs to watch in 2018.

Murphy was limited in 2017 with a broken foot, but when he was on the field, he shows big-time ability, and Zierlein took notice. " Murphy combines elite instincts with plus short-area quickness, disrupting more throws than most cornerbacks in the country," he writes. Zierlein also notes that the 5-foot-11, 175-pound corner is a big hitter despite a lack of elite size, and he can make plays in the run game. Washington is loaded at corner, but Murphy is the best pro prospect in the secondary.
Jul 9 - 11:22 AM


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