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Washington junior RB Dwayne Washington and sophomore RB Lavon Coleman are both listed as starters on the depth chart.

That Washington's not listed as a clear starter is somewhat surprising, given that he's considered a possible NFL prospect and offers far more upside than Coleman. A comparison of their numbers boils it down nicely enough. Coleman rushed 138 times for 565 rushing in 2014, good for a 4.1 YPC average. And Washington? 132 rushes for 697 yards, good for a 5.3 YPC average. Just as telling, the 6-foot-2, 221-pound Washington scored nine touchdowns to Coleman's one last season.
Aug 31 - 9:55 PM

The News Tribune's Christian Caple is speculating that Washington freshman QB Jake Browning will be named the team's starting quarterback.

Caple wrote that "after a three-man competition that began in spring and lasted through most of training camp, it appeared that Browning, the record-setting high-school passer, had the slightest edge over [Jeff] Lindquist and [K.J.] Carta-Samuels." Should the 6-foot-2, 206-pound freshman win the job, he would be the first freshman quarterback to play under HC Chris Petersen's watch. Petersen has indicated that two or even three of the quarterbacks in competition to start could see playing time in Friday's season-opener against Boise State.
Aug 31 - 9:39 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen still has yet to decide who will be the team's starting quarterback in the 2015 season.

Petersen offered no update on the quarterback race on Tuesday. Jeff Lindquist, Jake Browning and K.J. Carta-Samuels all continue to see an even amount of work in practice. Lindquist is the only quarterback of the three with "experience." Said experience consists of just 30 pass attempts a season ago, 10 of which were completed for 162 yards and a touchdown. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith has indicated that he likes the 6-foot-3, 246-pound sophomore's command in practice, while noting that he also needs to continue to work on touch passes. Of the decision, Smith told ESPN "We are trying to push ourselves to [choose a quarterback] but we don’t want to make the wrong choice. We’re still letting it play out."
Aug 25 - 4:34 PM

Washington redshirt junior LB Travis Feeney "is a terrific athlete and a three down prospect at linebacker," according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"He’s quick up the field defending the run, gets depth on pass drops and also stands out in pursuit. I think his instincts need a bit of brushing up but believe if he plays productive, mistake free football Freeney could move into the third round," Pauline wrote. The Washington prospect played every game last season, and recorded 9 starts for the Huskies. While Feeney has the ideal length and frame for the position, he'll definitely need to bulk up for the next level. Last season, Feeney was awarded the "Most Outstanding Special Teams Player" award by Huskies' coaches.
Aug 21 - 2:31 PM

Washington freshman QB Jake Browning struggled in practice on Monday, throwing three interceptions.

Browning was rated as a four-star recruit in some corners of the college football world, but Monday was not his finest hour. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound freshman threw a pair of picks during 7-on-7 play, then a third interception going 11-on-11. Head coach Chris Peterson told the press he would "love to" have a starter named by the end of this week. Browning's in that mix, but so are junior Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels. Incidentally, Carta-Samuels was also picked off in Monday's practice.
Aug 17 - 5:21 PM

Washington senior T Dexter Charles has chosen to retire due to a knee injury.

Over the last three years, Charles has started 30 games for the Huskies, making him the most experienced offensive lineman on the team. He missed spring practices with injury and head coach Chris Peterson indicated that the lineman would be stepping aside due to a knee ailment. Said Peterson, "We're all very disappointed that Dexter's injury won't allow him to continue to play." Peterson went on to say that Charles might be interested in coaching in the future.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 17 - 4:32 PM

Washington senior WR Jaydon Mickens' "game is built on quickness and agility," CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes.

"He possesses enough burst to force cornerbacks to think twice about pressing him at the line of scrimmage and is a savvy route-runner, incorporating varying gaits and fakes to create separation. He does most of his damage on quick throws to the perimeter and occasional deep balls. Mickens is generally a reliable hands-catcher and has shown the ability to absorb a big hit and hang on to the ball," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-10, 174-pound Mickens lead the Huskies in receiving last season, hauling in 60 receptions for 617 yards and four touchdowns. While quick, Rang believes Mickens "is not a true blazer and comes with obvious size and strength limitations."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 4:01 PM

Washington redshirt junior LB Travis Feeney "possesses the gangly frame that seems better suited to strong safety in the NFL," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"Feeney will have to put on weight and gain strength to earn anything more than late round considerations. And he must improve his consistency as an open-field tackler. He projects best as an in-the-box strong safety or weakside linebacker in the 4-3 alignment and could earn time to develop with an NFL club because of his proficiency on special teams," Rang wrote. The Washington prospect has the ideal length for the position, measuring in at 6-foot-3, however, Feeney may have to bulk up if he plans to survive in the middle at the next level.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 3:11 PM

Washington junior RB Dwayne Washington "could emerge as a legitimate NFL prospect," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Washington doesn't waste much time dancing in the hole, typically hitting it aggressively or trying to stretch the play out wide and using his speed to out-run oncoming defenders. Despite his height, Washington does a nice job of running through contact, showing impressive balance and a fierce stiff-arm to fight off would-be tacklers," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-2, 225 pound Washington started in 7 games last year, rushing for 697 yards, while averaging 7.8 yards per carry. With questionable play at QB, the Huskies offense could revolve around Washington and the running game in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 11 - 2:25 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter postulates that Washington senior WR Jaydon Mickens could be a nice mid-round target if he adds some weight.

"NFL offensive coordinators looking for a quick receiver to work inside will be very interested in Mickens," Reuter wrote. "Even though he's a reliable target, the Los Angeles native might be too thin for some general managers' tastes." The 5-foot-11, 171-pound Mickens has put up 125 catches over the last two years. "However, if he can bulk up to the 180 mark for the NFL Scouting Combine and still display the short-area speed that makes him an effective threat in the slot, he'll be a nice value in the middle rounds," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 9 - 4:43 PM

Washington freshman CB Naijel Hale was dismissed from the team on Wednesday for disciplinary reasons.

Huskies head coach Chris Peterson cited disciplinary reasons for Hale's dismissal, but did not dive into specifics. Said Peterson, "We need to move forward. Wish Naijiel the best." Ironically, Hale had been slated to fill the shoes of Marcus Peters, who himself was dismissed from the team last November after a series of on and off-field issues. Hale indicated on Instagram that he planned on transferring, though there is no word as of yet as to which schools he is considering.
Aug 7 - 7:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen is hoping for a "breakout year" from junior RB Dwayne Washington and believes he "could do some special things," Seattle Times' Adam Jude reports.

The 6-foot-2, 225 pound Washington dealt with injuries in 2014, but still managed to rush for 697 yards, while averaging 7.8 yards per carry. The Huskies potential breakout candidate, has clocked a hand-time 4.42-second 40-yard dash. Last season, Washington was named the Huskie's Most Outstanding Offensive Player by the team.
Aug 7 - 4:02 PM

Freshman QB Jake Browning is in the mix to be Washington's starter this year.

Browning was considered a four-star recruit by some services and is competing with junior Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels after Cyler Miles left the team. Browning enrolled early, so he has already spent a good amount of time in the system.
Aug 6 - 10:46 AM

Washington sophomore S Budda Baker "is a great athlete who could also get some looks on offense and as a return man," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"With a wave of stars from the Washington defense off to the NFL, Baker is set to step into the spotlight," Brown wrote. The scribe grades Baker as the No. 78 overall player in the sport. A former five-star recruit, Baker collected 80 tackles, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one interception as a true freshman to earn honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors.
Jul 31 - 5:52 PM

Washington sophomore QB Jeff Lindquist is the only signal-caller on the roster who has taken a collegiate snap.

The Huskies were put in a real bind after former starter Cyler Miles retired. Lindquist is the presumed 2015 starter, but redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels gave him a run for his money this spring and remains in play to steal the gig next month. Washington HC Chris Petersen said in May that there are three contenders for the job, including true freshman Jake Browning, who is considered the future. "There is a lot of rebuilding happening right now in Seattle," wrote ESPN's Kevin Gemmell. "And quarterback is just one of several question marks surrounding the Huskies."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 8:20 PM


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