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The Seattle Times' Adam Jude reports that former Oklahoma WR K.J. Young has transferred to Washington.

Young was dismissed from the Sooners due an unspecified violation of team rules last May. During his redshirt freshman campaign back in 2014, he caught 19 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown. Following his dismissal, the 6-foot, 177-pounder took his talents to Riverside City College (California) for a season. Jude writes that Young is "expected to immediately challenge for a starting job" one he takes the field for his first practice on Monday.
Aug 7 - 7:38 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert note that Washington four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Jacob Sirmon is "reminiscent of a bigger version of [Washington sophomore QB Jake Browning]."

"Already in the mold of a Power 5 pocket passer," the ESPN recruiting duo wrote, "Sirmon is big and polished with a pro-style skillset and high football IQ. He'll have prototypical size and arm strength to make all the college throws as freshman." Luginbill and Haubert believe that not only does the 6-foot-4, 218-pounder have the requisite athletic tools, he also has the smarts to make waves early in his career with the Huskies. "Sirmon sees the field well, processes quickly and makes smart decisions on where to go with the football," according to the analysts. Sirmon surfaces at No. 15 on the ESPN Junior 300.
Jul 30 - 6:31 PM

Washington received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 S Brandon McKinney.

McKinney and family took an unofficial visit to Washington this weekend and the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder opted to take the commitment plunge after meeting with HC Chris Petersen on Sunday morning. He ranks as Scout.com's No. 233 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. Outlet analyst Greg Biggins notes that the Orange County native is "easily among the elite safety recruits in the region" due to his "surprising confidence" and range in the field. Pac-12 outfits Arizona State, Cal, USC and UCLA were all chasing McKinney's commitment before he decided he would take his talents to the Pacific Northwest.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 17 - 12:28 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen tried to minimize expectations for 2016 at Pac-12 Media Days.

"We have as much hype as the new Pokemon game that nobody knows nothing about," Petersen said. "That's us." Jokes about the latest app craze aside, he suggested that projections for double-digit wins, a Pac-12 title or even an underdog Playoff run might be a little sunny at this point. "I think it might be more work and harder to get over that hump than to get right [to the plateau]. We've been right there. But I think it's going to be harder to get over that. I don't think that's what a lot of people understand. I don't think people know how difficult that is." Last season, his squad finished the campaign with blowout wins over Oregon State and Washington State before closing matters with a 44-31 win over Southern Miss in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. They came away from the season sporting a 7-6 record. Athlon Sports tabbed the Huskies as the No. 11 team in the country back in May.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 16 - 3:03 PM

Pro Football Focus pegs Washington junior CB Sidney Jones as the No. 61 returning player in college football.

"The NFL has already taken notice as he’s six-feet tall and he broke up eight of his 80 targets last season while intercepting four more," Steve Palazzolo wrote. "After and up-and-down freshman season, Jones took big strides as a sophomore and another step forward could have Washington competing for a Pac-12 title." Back in May, ESPN's Mel Kiper slotted Jones No. 20 on his initial Big Board.
Jul 15 - 5:17 PM

Washington hired former Cal HC Jeff Tedford to serve as a consultant.

Tedford won't be involved in the coaching of the players themselves, according to Huskies HC Chris Petersen, but will instead be involved with meetings and film study. Other roles for his consultancy figure to be defined in August. Tedford is Cal's all-time winningest coach and went 82-57 during his time with the Golden Bears. Most recently, he served as head coach for the B.C. Lions of the CFL. The Lions went just 7-11 and Tedford resigned in December. Now, onward to Washington. "What prompted this was he wanted to get back into college football," Petersen explained, "and there wasn't an opportunity out there for him this year to become a head coach or some other position like that and he knows a lot of guys on our staff." Indeed, Tedford and Petersen were both assistants with Oregon from 1998-2000.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 15 - 4:01 PM

Washington sophomore QB Jake Browning is the No. 81 overall player in Pro Football Focus' college football player rankings.

Browning, the first true freshman quarterback to start for Huskies head coach Chris Petersen, finished with PFF's No. 15 passing grade, No. 6 adjusted deep ball completion percentage and No. 2 grade on throws under pressure. "Browning quietly graded as the top true freshman in the country last season, handling pressure better than any quarterback on a per-snap basis," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "He actually accomplished the rare feat of grading better under pressure than he did from a clean pocket, and overall, he did a fine job of taking care of the ball and making strong throws at the intermediate level."
Jul 8 - 6:59 PM

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
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