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  08/14/21 - Dylan MorrisrSo/2024, Washington, 6-0, 200 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Dylan Morris is more than his measurables. The 6-foot, 200-pound passer from Puyallup is more than the testing numbers and statistics printed next to his name. He's more than his recruiting ranking. He's more than a purple jersey and a perpetually underrated right arm. On Friday, following UW's first fall practice, Jimmy Lake declared, "Dylan Morris is our starter." He'll take the opening snap Sept. 4 against Montana, while sixth-year senior Patrick O'Brien and five-star freshman Sam Huard watch from the sideline. There are multiple reasons why.

To begin, Morris - who threw for 897 yards with six total touchdowns and three interceptions in four starts last fall - is the starter because he's unrelentingly obsessed with personal improvement. He's constantly learning … and leading, too. "When you put that much time into something, and you work at it and it's important to you, guys know that," UW offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach John Donovan said. "You've got to be seen in the weight room. You've got to be seen in the film room. You've got to be seen studying. You've got to do the right thing. He does everything he's supposed to do. "I think guys will respond to him, because they respect him. When they see a guy doing what he's supposed to do when he's supposed to do it, and doing extra, you're going to listen to someone like that. He does have some great leadership ability." - Seattle Times


(DS#16 QB) rSo/2024 QB Dylan MorrisWashington
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  Unprompted and with deceptive nonchalance, Jimmy Lake dropped a casual bombshell in the first minute of his first news conference after the Huskies' first workout of summer. And in the process, changed everything you thought you knew about Washington's football prospects in 2021. Linebacker Zion Tupuola-Fetui, the pass-rushing wunderkind who burst on the scene like a blazing comet last fall, only to suffer a devastating Achilles tear in April, will play this season for Washington. Or, at least, so insisted Lake.

Lake's declaration wasn't conditional, mind you. He didn't say, "We really hope ZTF will be back" or, "He'll play this year if his rehab continues to go as well as it has been." No, Lake was about as definitive as one can be when assessing an injury that happened less than four months ago and is routinely gauged as having a six- to 10-month recovery time. "He will for sure be seeing the field in 2021," Lake said. Those two words, "for sure," are doing a lot of heavy lifting and piling a ton of expectations on Tupuola-Fetui's eventual return. And also on the Huskies' place in the college football hierarchy. If ZTF's recovery hits any roadblocks or setbacks, it will now be viewed as a huge letdown. But if Lake is right, the Huskies have a chance to make a leap from good to great. The first day of camp is always an optimal day for dreaming. For Husky fans, Lake managed to increase the magnitude of that dream immeasurably. - Seattle Times


(DS#999 DE) rJr/2023 DE Zion Tupuola-FetuiWashington
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  08/11/21 - Dylan MorrisrSo/2024, Washington, 6-0, 200 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Following Washington's first fall practice on Friday, head coach Jimmy Lake was asked when he'd like to decide on a starting quarterback. But for the most part, it sounds like he already has. "Well Dylan Morris is our starter. Dylan Morris is our starter, so it sounds solidified to me," Lake said. "Like I told you guys down in Los Angeles (for Pac-12 Media Days last week), everybody on our team who is a starter or a returning starter, if they decide to slip and not play as well and someone plays better than them - at corner, at left tackle, at center, at quarterback, at wide receiver, at linebacker, punter, kicker, every single position - if someone eventually plays better than them during training camp then they all have a chance to be replaced. "But I feel very confident in our quarterback position right now, and Dylan Morris is our starter. We have two guys behind him who are very, very talented, and I'm excited to see what they do."

Lake certainly provided more clarity on Friday than he did the previous fall, when the Huskies' first-year head coach declined to name a starter before Morris took the opening snap against Oregon State on Nov. 14. In an abbreviated four-game sprint, Morris - a 6-foot, 200-pounder from Puyallup - threw for 897 yards with six total touchdowns and three interceptions, leading UW to a 3-1 record and a Pac-12 North crown. Last spring, Morris took the vast majority of first-team reps, with graduate transfer Patrick O'Brien and five-star freshman Sam Huard working in behind him. O'Brien - a 6-5, 230-pound sixth-year senior - joined the program this offseason after throwing for 3,394 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions in the last two seasons at Colorado State. - Seattle Times


(DS#16 QB) rSo/2024 QB Dylan MorrisWashington
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  Less than four months after tearing his left Achilles tendon, Zion Tupuola-Fetui wore a jersey and cleats while he watched his teammates practice on Friday, gripping a football and walking without any hint of a limp. When he suffered the non-contact injury during a practice on April 16, the expectation was that Washington's All-American outside linebacker would miss 6-10 months - likely swallowing the entire 2021 season. On Friday, UW head coach Jimmy Lake dramatically reset expectations - declaring that "ZTF" will play in the upcoming regular season. "Zion, who I'm sure you saw out there, is way head of schedule. He will for sure be seeing the field in 2021," Lake said. "It's been exciting watching him. We knew he was going to attack his rehab, and he is way ahead of where our doctors thought he was going to be. So we're excited about that."

When asked for a specific timetable for Tupuola-Fetui's return, Lake smiled and said: "I'll just say, our opponents better be ready for him." Opponents did not appear ready last fall, when the sophomore from Pearl City, Hawaii, exploded for seven sacks and three forced fumbles in just four games - leading the nation with 1.75 sacks per game. And, despite the injury, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound pass-rusher also shed 20 pounds this offseason - landing at what Lake described as a more desirable weight. "I think he's going to be even more explosive," Lake said. "It's also going to limit his injuries, being at that weight. You guys saw that explosion that he had in 2020. It's going to be pretty scary to see even more explosion now with about 18 pounds off of him. "His diet is better. His training is better. He's locked in. He's going to be ready to go. As soon as he's full go, watch out." - Seattle Times


(DS#999 DE) rJr/2023 DE Zion Tupuola-FetuiWashington
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  08/08/21 - Sean McGrewrSr/2022, Washington, 5-07, 175 (DS#61 RB) + More +

  McGrew is so much more than his measurables. The sixth-year senior and preseason Doak Walker Award candidate led the Huskies with 227 yards, 5.3 yards per carry and four touchdowns last season, while contributing as a kick returner as well. He's a deceptively tough runner and a good blocker with burst in the open field. And equally important, he's durable, having appeared in 29 of the Huskies' last 31 games. - Seattle Times

(DS#61 RB) rSr/2022 RB Sean McGrewWashington
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  08/01/21 - Giles JacksonJr/2023, Washington, 5-09, 188 (DS#26 WR) + More +

  Maybe they'll call him "The Maserati on Montlake." After all, Giles Jackson can really move. In two seasons at Michigan, the 5-foot-9, 188-pound wide receiver registered 24 receptions for 309 yards and a touchdown, adding 26.4 yards per kick return and two special-teams scores. Before that the former four-star recruit from Freedom High School in Oakley, California, recorded a 4.43-second 40-yard dash and a 38.5-inch vertical jump at The Opening Finals in July 2018.

Jackson - who was expected to contend for a starting role at Michigan before announcing an April transfer to Montlake - will have to earn a role in the UW offense. But already, his attributes are exceedingly clear. "You can't teach his speed, his twitchiness. He is fast as all get-out," UW coach Jimmy Lake said at Pac-12 media day Tuesday. "It's so funny, when he finally came in the building I saw him, and he's one of those guys that just looks fast. When you guys see him in person you'll be like, 'That guy looks fast. He looks like a Maserati." - Seattle Times


(DS#26 WR) Jr/2023 WR Giles JacksonWashington
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  07/29/21 - Cade OttonrSr/2022, Washington, 6-5, 240 (DS#1 TE) + More +

  The Washington Huskies have been chosen to finish second behind rival Oregon in the Pac-12 North in the upcoming 2021 football season, the conference announced Tuesday morning. UW received 189 points and a total of two first-place votes, with the Ducks garnering the other 38. Oregon (238 points) was also chosen to top South Division champ USC (27 first-place votes, 227 points) in a rematch of the 2020 Pac-12 title game. The vote was completed by 40 media members who cover the league. The media has correctly predicted the Pac-12 champion in 32 of 60 preseason polls, including five of 10 since the conference instituted a title game.

Eight Huskies also received preseason All-Pac-12 honors: left tackle Jaxson Kirkland (first team), tight end Cade Otton (first team), defensive back Trent McDuffie (first team), linebacker Edefuan Ulofoshio (second team), center Luke Wattenberg (honorable mention), right guard Henry Bainivalu (honorable mention), defensive back Kyler Gordon (honorable mention) and kicker Peyton Henry (honorable mention). - Seattle Times


(DS#1 TE) rSr/2022 TE Cade OttonWashington
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  05/21/21 - Julius IrvinrJr/2023, Washington, 6-1, 185 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Six players - Dominique Hampton, Cameron Williams, Asa Turner, Alex Cook, Julius Irvin and Brendan Radley-Hiles - could realistically start at safety in 2021. Of that group, Williams and Turner are the most established talents, toting 16 combined starts since 2019. Cook - a converted wide receiver - also started three of four games last season, but failed to stand out in the most significant opportunity of his college career. It's worth noting that both Turner and Cook were limited through much of the spring due to injury, which made it difficult to assess where they stand alongside the other Husky safeties.

The wild card of this group is the 6-1, 185-pound Irvin, a redshirt junior who arrived in 2018 as a highly touted four-star recruit but has contributed just two total tackles in 12 career games. Still, the Anaheim, Calif., product flashed in the second half of the spring and was one of the more consistent hitters in the Purple vs. Gold game as well. "Julius has had a really good camp. He's taken strides mentally," said UW assistant defensive backs coach Terrence Brown. "One thing that we stress in our room is, when you really start to understand the game mentally and increase your football IQ, you'll feel that the game will slow down. I think he's really bought into that - watching extra tape, doing extra stuff out there on the field. I actually just came in from doing extra stuff with him out there on the field. "We're excited about him. I know he's excited about where he is right now in terms of his development, and we're looking for some good things from him in the future." - Seattle Times


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  05/19/21 - Kyler GordonrJr/2023, Washington, 6-0, 195 (DS#5 CB) + More +

  So we know how good Trent McDuffie is, and we know how good Kyler Gordon could be. But could UW's current cornerback duo surpass the 2016 tandem of Sidney Jones and Kevin King? "With Trent McDuffie, who has obviously played a bunch of football and made a lot of plays around here, in a lot of ways he's ahead of those corners that played back then in 2016," Lake said. "He's played at a high level really since he's been on campus. "Kyler Gordon still has to go out there and do it. Now, he has all the athleticism, all the speed. He's finally honing in on his technique and learning the defense. But I think it remains to be seen where he's going to be when we enter into the fall. He reminds me a lot of when we moved Kevin King to corner. Kevin King had played nickel and safety, and then he played corner all spring ball, figuring out how to play corner, and then he goes in and has an amazing fall and of course becomes the 33rd overall pick right after that. "Kyler Gordon is in a very similar situation, where the light has clicked on. He's playing his position at a high level. Now he's got to go out there and go do it in the fall." - Seattle Times

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  Throughout the Chris Petersen era, UW depended on a steady stream of dominant defensive linemen: Danny Shelton, then Vita Vea, then Greg Gaines, then Levi Onwuzurike. It's unclear if anyone on Washington's current roster is capable of taking that torch. But Letuligasenoa - a 6-foot-2, 310-pound redshirt junior - certainly seems like the most likely candidate. "He's very, very passionate," Lake said. "He's obviously a really good football player. He does bring a lot of emotion to the defense. And now, he's actually even better at keeping his poise. He was probably one of the main ones I had to hold back (from fighting) a few times here during training camp last year. But I love it. I love the guys that bring the energy, that bring the juice. That just is infectious to the other players around him."

In his fourth year on campus, Letuligasenoa is learning to channel that emotion. And most importantly, he's healthy, after missing two of the Huskies' four games last fall. Dubbed "the twins" because of their instant connection, Letuligasenoa and Taimani both flashed this spring and will be counted on to stone the run and collapse opposing offensive lines. Tuitele and Jacob Bandes - a pair of sophomores and former four-star recruits - will likely contribute as well. - Seattle Times


(DS#11 DT) rJr/2023 DT Tuli LetuligasenoaWashington
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  05/08/21 - Cade OttonrSr/2022, Washington, 6-5, 240 (DS#1 TE) + More +

  Cade Otton's importance can't be overstated. In his first four games as a full-time starter, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end from Tumwater led the Huskies in catches (18), receiving yards (258) and touchdown receptions (3) - establishing himself as Dylan Morris' go-to target. And, besides his soft hands, route-running and penchant for carrying undersized, overmatched opponents for extra yards, he separated himself as a run-blocker as well. Still, Otton's value transcends his considerable on-field contributions. "We're really fortunate to have him back," Cato said. "Obviously the big part is as a player, he's a game-changer. But the other thing is just getting one more year for those young guys to see how it's supposed to be done - everything from off-the-field preparation, to a mental and physical standpoint, how to come out to practice every day and attack every day. "We talk a lot about stacking days around here, and he's kind of an epitome of that." - Seattle Times

(DS#1 TE) rSr/2022 TE Cade OttonWashington
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  Washington outside linebacker Zion Tupuola-Fetui, a third-team AP All-American selection last season, will miss the next six to 10 months after tearing his Achilles tendon in practice last week. Washington coach Jimmy Lake said Wednesday that the Huskies are not ruling Tupuola-Fetui out for the entire 2021 season as of yet. Tupuola-Fetui is expected to undergo surgery later this week. Despite playing just three games last fall, Tupuola-Fetui was a revelation in his first season as a starter for the Huskies. He had seven sacks and 13 tackles. He also forced and recovered one fumble. The loss of Tupuola-Fetui is another big blow for Washington's defense heading into the 2021 season. - Seattle Post Intelligencer

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  04/10/21 - Laiatu LatuJr/2023, Washington, 6-4, 265 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Laiatu Latu's football career is over. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound junior outside linebacker has been forced to medically retire because of a neck injury sustained last fall, UW head coach Jimmy Lake announced Wednesday. Latu will remain with the program as a student assistant. "We consulted I believe about five of the best specialists in the country, guys that work with different NFL clubs where different players have had the same injury," Lake said following the Huskies' first practice of the spring. "Of course with our medical personnel, we exhausted every professional we could think of to make sure this was the proper decision. So this decision came in the last couple months, after consultation with all the medical professionals. "It was a tough decision to make for sure, but it's for the safety of our players first and foremost. We never want to put anybody in danger of possibly not being able to use his extremities the rest of his life. We'd never want that to happen to anybody." A Sacramento, Calif., native, Latu did not play in the 2020 season with the previously unspecified injury. As a true freshman in 2019, he produced 16 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks in 12 games. - Seattle Times

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  03/30/21 - Giles JacksonJr/2023, Washington, 5-09, 188 (DS#26 WR) + More +

  A returning scholarship wide receiver is planning to depart Michigan. Giles Jackson, a junior wideout known for his kickoff returns and speed on the football field, entered his name into the NCAA's transfer portal on Monday. Jackson confirmed the decision in a morning announcement on social media, saying it came "after many long nights of deep thought." "A world of thanks to all the coaches, training staff, academic support staff and especially my teammates and friends," Jackson wrote on Twitter. "You will always be held in the highest regard. Lastly, thank you to all the fans. You will be missed." The move comes as Michigan is set to resume its spring practice schedule in Ann Arbor this week. By all accounts, Jackson was a participant in practice up until now. A reason for his planned departure has not been disclosed. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#26 WR) Jr/2023 WR Giles JacksonWashington
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  Brendan Radley-Hiles is headed to the Pac-12 Conference after three seasons with the Sooners. The Oklahoma defensive back will transfer to Washington, he announced in a tweet late Tuesday. Radley-Hiles, who was a polarizing figure at OU, leaves the program as a three-year starter. His career included 115 tackles, 14 pass breakups, nine tackles for loss, three interceptions, a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery. The IMG Academy product and Inglewood, California, native primarily served as a nickelback in Lincoln Riley's defense. He came to OU as a five-star prospect and U.S. Army All-American. - Norman Transcript

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