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ESPN's KC Joyner believes Washington "the best cornerback tandem in the country."

You likely already know about Sidney Jones. Get to know his running mate Kevin King, because he's no slouch himself. King tied for No. 5 among Power 5 CBs (40-plus attempts) with 4.8 yards per attempt last year. And have we mentioned that he's 6-foot-3, 190 pounds? Pete Carroll and staff may be interested in keeping the local kid home.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 6:55 PM

A Pac-12 offensive coach said Washington junior S Budda Baker "can do it all."

"He's very athletic, instinctive and physical, which are the three biggest things that make a DB great," he said. "He's relentless running to the ball. He tries to get every ball every play, and he has a feel for where the ball is going." Baker led a vicious Huskies defense that forced 27 turnovers last season, good for No. 13 nationally. They may be better this fall.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 5:55 PM

Washington sophomore QB Jake Browning showed "marked improvement" throughout last season, per an anonymous Pac-12 defensive coach.

Browning began the year as the first true freshman quarterback to start for Huskies head coach Chris Petersen during his 10-year career, and ended it as one of the conference's best quarterbacks. "You saw his improvement over the course of the year," the coach said. "Young guys get better, but not every young guy gets better over the course of his first year like he did. A lot of times it's Year 1 to Year 2, maybe, but you saw marked improvement. He does really well in their system."
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 6:55 PM

ESPN's KC Joyner declares that Washington sophomore QB Jake Browning "is on pace to be one of the best quarterbacks in the Pac-12."

Browning set several school freshman records last season. And that was as a true freshman, with a fellow true frosh at RB and a rebuilt offensive line. This year, Browning's Huskies are one of only six Pac-12 teams returning three or more receivers with 20-plus receptions. We agree with Joyner. Despite entering a far more difficult situation, he was better than UCLA's Josh Rosen last year.
Source: ESPN
Jun 21 - 5:14 PM

An anonymous Pac-12 defensive coach says Washington sophomore RB Myles Gaskin's "feet are unbelievable."

This coach doesn't mean it like Rex Ryan would mean it. "He's just great in short areas and quick as a frickin' hiccup," he said. "His ability to make people miss is special. I'm just thinking of some plays against him and I'm like, 'How in the heck did he get out of that?' He's so fast and decisive and powerful." ESPN's KC Joyner believes Gaskin is a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender. In 2015, the 5-foot-9, 192-pounder became the first true freshman in school history to rush for over 1,000 in a season, collecting 1,202 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns in total. Gaskin ranked No. 11 among Power 5 RBs with 200-plus carries in yards after contact per rush (2.3) and No. 12 in yards per rush (5.7).
Source: ESPN
Jun 20 - 8:04 PM

Washington sophomore QB Jake Browning earned a higher Pro Football Focus grade per dropback against pressure than he did on throws from a clean pocket.

That's rare for college veterans and nearly unheard of for true freshman, as Browning was last year. Browning's fabulous debut included the No. 15 passing grade, the No. 6 adjusted deep ball completion percentage and the No. 2 grade on throws under pressure. Josh Rosen was not the best true freshman quarterback in the Pac-12 last year. Browning was.
Jun 17 - 5:07 PM

As a freshman last season, Washington sophomore RB Myles Gaskin was the fifth-best RB in the nation by Pro Football Focus' metrics.

What's important to note about that stat is Gaskin was a true frosh, had more than 150 fewer snaps than either Leonard Fournette or Christian McCaffrey and was essentially a non-factor in the Huskies' passing game. In other words: We're just getting started. But that start was pretty nice. The 5-foot-9, 192-pounder, who finished with 1,202 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, was No. 9 in PFF's elusive rating and No. 5 in yards after contact per rush. "If Gaskin delivers the same per-snap performance while taking on a bigger workload in 2016, he will establish himself as one of the best backs in the nation," Jeff Dooley wrote.
Jun 10 - 3:39 PM

Former Washington WR Isaiah Renfro (depression, anxiety) said that "there's been a great response" since he announced that he was leaving the program.

Citing his struggles with depression and anxiety, Renfro announced his decision to step away from the Huskies in a Twitter post on Monday. He made an appearance on SportsCenter on Tuesday to further discuss the situation. "There's this persona in football that you're never allowed to be hurt, you always have to be strong, you can't cry, you can't have feelings. But it's OK to be hurt," Renfro said. "I was always the strong one. But strong wasn't the right word. It was just me bottling my feelings in and not letting anything out."
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 4:10 PM

Washington sophomore WR Isaiah Renfro has left the team to treat his depression and anxiety.

Renfro took to Twitter with a lengthy post explaining his decision to step away from the Huskies. "While going through this year I have struggled with and have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety," wrote the receiver. "Everyday [sic] it’s very hard for me to just do a simple thing like get myself out of bed in the morning." He went on to say that he had lost his passion for football. As a freshman in 2015, the former three-star recruit made 13 catches for 178 yards.
May 30 - 12:31 PM

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


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