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  05/17/22 - Kristopher MollrSr/2023, Washington, 6-1, 218 (DS#70 OLB) + More +

  Less than one month after UAB linebacker Kristopher Moll announced he would be transferring to UCF, Moll shared on social media Monday that's no longer the plan. "Thank you UCF family but I will be decommitting," Moll wrote on Twitter. "Will make a big announcement tomorrow!" Moll's decision to back off his verbal pledge to the Knights came hours prior to UCF adding Kansas State transfer and former Maryland linebacker Branden Jennings from the NCAA transfer portal.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker is a Miami (Fla.) native with five years of experience under his belt. A member of the 2017 signing class, Moll is a super senior. He had the best season of his career in 2019, racking up 103 total tackles with nine sacks and four forced fumbles. After making several watchlists for the 2021 season, Moll suffered an injury that put him on the bench after four games and 14 tackles. Moll will have one year to play for the Huskies who are coming off a 4-8 finish last season. - Kristopher Moll twitter and Orlando Sentinel


(DS#70 OLB) rSr/2023 OLB Kristopher MollWashington
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  05/13/22 - Noa NgalurSo/2025, Washington, 6-1, 275 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Washington backup defensive lineman Noa Ngalu officially entered the transfer portal Thursday evening, per On3's Matt Zenitz. According to the On3 Consensus Rankings for the 2019 class, he was rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 77 defensive line prospect in the nation. In the 2021 season, Ngalu played in two games for the Huskies in limited action. In his high school days at Menlo-Atherton (East Palo Alto, California), he was a three-year starter, playing a variety of positions including defensive tackle, offensive guard, and running back. Ngalu was also named to the San Francisco Chronicle's All-Metro first team in 2018. - On3.com

(DS#999 DT) rSo/2025 DT Noa NgaluWashington
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  05/09/22 - Jordan PerrymanrSr/2023, Washington, 6-0, 201 (DS#15 CB) + More +

  Trent McDuffie is gone. Kyler Gordon is gone. Now, Jacobe Covington is gone too. Granted, Covington - who entered the transfer portal this week - spent most of April with UW's second team defense. Senior UC Davis transfer Jordan Perryman and sophomore Mishael Powell remain the likely starters at cornerback, and redshirt freshmen Elijah Jackson and Davon Banks appear capable of competing as well (followed by fellow redshirt freshmen Zakhari Spears and Dyson McCutcheon). Still, UW's cornerback corps suddenly lacks the blue-chip pedigrees that permeated the Jimmy Lake Era. Even if Perryman and Powell lock down those positions, it would behoove UW to bolster its depth chart at corner. - Seattle Times

(DS#15 CB) rSr/2023 CB Jordan PerrymanWashington
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  05/07/22 - Jaxson KirklandrSr/2023, Washington, 6-6, 310 (DS#4 OT) + More +

  Washington left tackle Jaxson Kirkland - a two-time All-Pac-12 first-team player who dropped out of the 2022 NFL draft to undergo surgery on his right ankle - has been cleared by the NCAA to return for a sixth season this fall, he announced via a social media video. "Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a Husky," Kirkland said. "The purple and gold, the tradition, it runs through my veins. To carry on the family legacy was a dream of mine. Being developed into Sunday players is the standard we all set around here. This place is special. It has turned me into the man I am today. The brotherhood and bonds that go along with being a Dawg are unbreakable for life."

The son of former UW and NFL offensive lineman Dean Kirkland, he technically has one season of eligibility remaining. He declared for the draft prior to the NFL's Jan. 17 underclassman deadline — which is why he needed an NCAA waiver to reinstate that eligibility. He enrolled at UW for the spring quarter and attended all 15 of the program's practices, despite not being officially cleared to return. - Seattle Times


(DS#4 OT) rSr/2023 OT Jaxson KirklandWashington
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  05/06/22 - Caleb BerryrFr/2026, Washington, 6-0, 225 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Washington exited the spring with nine scholarship running backs. But not for long. Caleb Berry - a 6-foot-1, 223-pound bruiser from Lufkin, Texas - will enter the transfer portal, he confirmed Tuesday. A three-star running back in the 2021 class, Berry enrolled early at Washington but did not appear in a game as a true freshman last fall. Berry - ranked by 247Sports as the No. 50 running back in the 2021 cycle - chose the Huskies over offers from Arkansas, Boise State, Colorado State, Hawaii, Houston, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Washington State and more. As a senior at Lufkin High School in 2020, Berry rushed for 529 yards and 6.4 yards per carry, before an injury ended his prep career. He added 864 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior as well. - Seattle Times

(DS#999 RB) rFr/2026 RB Caleb BerryWashington
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  05/06/22 - Bralen TricerSo/2025, Washington, 6-2, 260 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Zion Tupuola-Fetui is Washington's most accomplished pass-rusher. But Bralen Trice may be the hardest Husky to block. That was certainly the case this spring, according to first-year edge coach Eric Schmidt. He told The Seattle Times last week that "it's almost like a track meet. (Trice) is warming up before everybody else. He's going through the mental part of it. He's the first guy out (at practice) from our position group every day. So his entire approach to how you become great has been really good ever since we got here." Metaphors aside, Trice - a 6-foot-4, 256-pound sophomore - is no stranger to multiple sports, which is why he didn't pick up football until middle school.

"It wasn't that I didn't have interest," he said. "I played a lot of other sports growing up. I did basketball, karate, soccer, baseball. My mom really didn't want me playing football for the longest time, because she thought I'd get hurt. Then I finally got the chance and I thought, 'This is my time. I finally get to play the sport I really want to play." He played it well enough, in fact, that the three-star EDGE rusher earned offers from UW, Notre Dame, Alabama, Oregon, USC and more. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2019, then opted out of the 2020 season. In a fall without football, Trice actually improved - adding 20 pounds of muscle. - Seattle Times


(DS#999 OLB) rSo/2025 OLB Bralen TriceWashington
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  05/04/22 - Sam HuardrFr/2026, Washington, 6-2, 190 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  In perhaps his most impressive display since arriving at UW last spring, Sam Huard completed 12 of 19 passes and threw for 167 yards and a touchdown Saturday (April 29), in a spring scrimmage. WR Lonyatta Alexander Jr. - his high school teammate at Kennedy Catholic - was his most productive target. Near the end of the scrimmage, Huard took a snap, looked left and unfurled a floating deep ball that Alexander pulled in with his left hand along the sideline for a 37-yard gain "It was kind of a little overthrown, so I knew if I put my hand out to go catch it I was going to catch it," Alexander said. "I felt the confidence. I felt the game slowing down as the ball was in the air. As soon as I felt the ball touch my hand I squeezed just a little bit, just to hold on to it and come down with it." It was a return home for Alexander, who transferred back from Arizona State. "Being able to come back home and feel love still from Husky fans, from my family, from Sam and his family, my teammates and everything, it felt amazing" - Seattle Times

(DS#999 QB) rFr/2026 QB Sam HuardWashington
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  04/29/22 - Kristopher MollrSr/2023, Washington, 6-1, 218 (DS#70 OLB) + More +

  UAB linebacker Kris Moll is headed back to the Sunshine State for his final year of college football at UCF. He entered the portal seeking to join a Power Five school. "I kept in contact with UCF from when I first went into the portal," Moll said. "They were trying to figure how out to get me to come to school over there because they didn't have a spot." Moll, a Miami native who attended Coral Gables High School, was headed back to the Sunshine State for his final year of college football as a graduate transfer. "Getting this opportunity to come back home for my last year, it's a blessing," he said.

The Knights had already added 5-star and Maryland transfer linebacker Terrence Lewis, who made his way campus for the spring. Shortly after spring camp started, Eastern Illinois transfer linebacker Jason Johnson, a two-time FCS All-American, verbally committed to the Knights. Moll had established himself as not only one of the best defensive players in Conference USA, but the entire country. He had won two conference championships and had received an All-American Honorable Mention. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#70 OLB) rSr/2023 OLB Kristopher MollWashington
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  04/25/22 - Wayne TaulapaparSr/2023, Washington, 5-09, 210 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Wayne Taulapapa plays a beautiful game. Though that's up for interpretation. Taulapapa - a 5-foot-9, 200-pound running back and Virginia transfer - has built a reputation on brutality. He's more hockey enforcer than home-run hitter - a purveyor of leg-churning, contact-craving 4-yard runs and determined touchdown plunges. His style is purposeful, not picturesque. He conducts a pad-popping symphony. "Growing up in Hawaii, we love contact. That's the nature of the game, which is beautiful," Taulapapa told The Times this week. "Obviously you're going to get hit sometimes, which is fine. That's part of the game. But if you can give it back, I think it's a sight to see. It gets the team going. It gets the energy up. I think that's the best part of football." Taulapapa's your guy if you agree.

In four seasons and 40 games at UVA, the 2021 team captain - who entered the transfer portal primarily to move closer to home - compiled 1,192 rushing yards with 4.5 yards per carry, 20 total touchdowns...and a career long of 27 yards. He accepted a role as the Cavaliers' short-yardage specialist, chiseling between the tackles for extra inches. "Whatever I'm told to do, I will do it - when it comes to blocking, when it comes to pass-catching, when it comes to running the ball," said Taulapapa, who announced a commitment to UW this month and has one season of eligibility remaining. "I'm known out of Virginia as a short yardage back who attains every yard that I can, working hard - fourth-and-one, third-and-one or two. That's something I've always done at Virginia. But I do want to expand and be a better back in all areas." - Seattle Times


(DS#999 RB) rSr/2023 RB Wayne TaulapapaWashington
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  04/24/22 - Dylan MorrisrSo/2025, Washington, 6-0, 200 (DS#29 QB) + More +

  Dylan Morris knows the difference. Last fall, the 6-foot, 202-pound quarterback was the unfortunate face of an offensive implosion - and thus, an easy target. He completed 60.6% of his passes and threw for 2,458 yards with 14 passing touchdowns and three rushing scores. He also threw more interceptions (12) than any other quarterback in the Pac-12 Conference. In an equally unforeseen and unacceptable 4-8 season, Morris was handed the reins to a helplessly archaic offense - and both he and the Huskies struggled. The sophomore passer from Puyallup said Wednesday, following Washington's 10th practice of the spring, it was "most definitely" the most difficult season of his career.

And as Morris sputtered, the social media masses stewed. The former Graham-Kapowsin quarterback and four-star recruit received ridicule from an enthusiastically vocal faction of the Husky fan base, while Sam Huard - a five-star freshman and perceived savior - waited teasingly in the wings. Morris, of course, understands the spotlight that accompanies his specific position. But he won't stare at the sun. "I was off social media all through the season and still am. It's not a real place," he said. "People can say what they want, but it's not a real place. Ninety-nine percent of those people are not going to say anything in person. Honestly, it's more amusing to me when somebody says something (online), because we're out here doing this, and where are they at? "But I just stayed off social media. With that stuff, like I said, it's not a real place. What they say doesn't affect what I can do on the field." - Seattle Times


(DS#29 QB) rSo/2025 QB Dylan MorrisWashington
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  Former Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is transferring to Washington to play for former IU offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer, according to a post on his Instagram page Tuesday. Penix threw for 4,197 yards and 29 touchdowns in four seasons at Indiana, all of which were dramatically shortened by injury. He played a combined 20 games in those seasons and never played more than six in a year. - Indianapolis Star/News

(DS#31 QB) rSr/2023 QB Michael Penix Jr.Washington
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  11/25/21 - Kevin RyanrSr/2023, Washington, 6-0, 160 (DS#999 P) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Punter Kevin Ryan, Idaho State,...Ryan was one of the nation's leaders in punting all-season. This year he punted 58 times for 2,646 yards, good for an average of 45.6 yards a kick. He had 20 punts of 50 yards or more and 15 that were pinned inside the opponent 20-yard line. He had a career-long kick of 65-yards. - Idaho State Football

(DS#999 P) rSr/2023 P Kevin RyanWashington
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  11/24/21 - Jordan PerrymanrSr/2023, Washington, 6-0, 201 (DS#15 CB) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Jordan Perryman, UC Davis,...Perryman anchored a defensive second level that was finished the regular season ranked 19th in the nation in interceptions. He was third on the Aggies with 42 solo tackles with 2.5 for losses while adding one interception, 12 breakups, and one forced fumble. - California-Davis Football

(DS#15 CB) rSr/2023 CB Jordan PerrymanWashington
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  11/17/21 - Aaron DumasSo/2025, Washington, 5-10, 190 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  NOV 15 MOUNTAIN WEST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: AARON DUMAS, NEW MEXICO, Freshman, Running Back, El Paso, Texas/Americas HS,...Rushed for a career-high 143 yards on 22 carries, scoring New Mexico's lone touchdown on the day...Logged a career-long run of 63 yards...The 143 rushing yards are the most by a Lobo freshman since Cole Gautsche rushed for 149 yards as a quarterback against Wyoming on Nov. 10, 2012. It was the most rushing yards by a freshman running back since DonTrell Moore rushed for 179 yards against Wyoming on Nov. 30, 2002. - Mountain West Football

(DS#999 RB) So/2025 RB Aaron DumasWashington
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  11/11/21 - Peyton HenryrSr/2023, Washington, 5-10, 195 (DS#12 K) + More +

  NOV 1 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Peyton Henry, Jr., PK, Washington (Danville, CA),...Washington's veteran kicker did the lion's share of the scoring in the Huskies' 20-13 road win over Stanford, tying a career high with four field goals in four attempts, accounting for 12 points...Henry, a Bay Area native, connected on field goals from 24, 37, 35 and 32 yards. He is currently 9-for-11 on field goals this season...First Washington player to win this award since 2017 when Dante Pettis won it three times. First time a UW kicker has claimed this honor since P/K Travis Coons in October 2013. Also nominated: Nick Alftin, TE, California; Cameron Rising, QB, Utah; Alex Stadthaus, PK, USC; Brenden Rice; WR, Colorado. - Pac-12 Football

(DS#12 K) rSr/2023 K Peyton HenryWashington
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