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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


(DS#999 FS) rJr/2023 FS Julius IrvinWashington
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  05/19/21 - Kyler GordonrJr/2023, Washington, 6-0, 195 (DS#6 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

(DS#6 CB) rJr/2023 CB Kyler GordonWashington
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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#13 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

(DS#999 DE) rJr/2023 DE Zion Tupuola-FetuiWashington
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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

(DS#999 DE) Jr/2023 DE Laiatu LatuWashington
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  04/05/21 - Marquis SpikerrJr/2023, Washington, 6-2, 195 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  UW's wide receiver depth continues to dwindle. Redshirt junior wideouts Austin Osborne and Marquis Spiker have informed the Washington coaching staff of their decision to enter the transfer portal - Osborne's father, Jim Osborne, said Friday. He declined to comment further on their decision. By late Friday morning, Osborne and Spiker's names had been removed from UW's online roster. A Wildomar, California, native, Spiker recorded just three catches for 67 yards in 10 career games at UW - despite setting the California state record with 72 career receiving touchdowns at Murrieta High School in 2017. - Seattle Times

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2023 WR Marquis SpikerWashington
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  03/30/21 - Giles JacksonJr/2023, Washington, 5-09, 188 (DS#25 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#25 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

(DS#22 CB) Sr/2022 CB Brendan Radley-HilesWashington
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  02/09/21 - Jeremiah MartinSr/2022, Washington, 6-5, 262 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  In his senior season at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif., Jeremiah Martin recorded an astounding 47 tackles for loss and 30.5 sacks in 16 games, according to MaxPreps. In the three seasons since, the 6-foot-5, 262-pound pass-rusher has played in 32 games for Texas A&M and managed a total of 11 tackles with three tackles for loss and zero sacks. On Tuesday morning, Martin - who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, and will be immediately eligible this fall - officially announced a transfer to UW. - Seattle Times

(DS#999 DE) Sr/2022 DE Jeremiah MartinWashington
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  Defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles, a three-year starter at Oklahoma, has entered the transfer portal. Radley-Hiles had 115 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 14 passes defended and three interceptions for the Sooners. He has one year of eligibility remaining. He scored on a 30-yard interception return against South Dakota in 2019. His interception against TCU in 2019 helped preserve a 28-24 win and launched the Sooners into the Big 12 title game. - AP College Football

(DS#22 CB) Sr/2022 CB Brendan Radley-HilesWashington
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  01/02/21 - Patrick OBrienrSr/2022, Washington, 6-4, 235 (DS#40 QB) + More +

  Washington's quarterback competition just got a little bit more crowded. Following the offseason departures of graduate student Kevin Thomson, redshirt sophomore Jacob Sirmon and true freshman Ethan Garbers, UW was left with just two scholarship signal callers - redshirt freshman Dylan Morris and incoming freshman Sam Huard - on its 2021 roster. But Thursday, Patrick O'Brien - a 6-foot-5, 235-pound redshirt senior from Colorado State - announced he will make a graduate transfer to Washington for his final season of eligibility.

In four games (and three starts) with the Rams in 2020, the San Juan Capistrano, Calif., product completed 56.3% of his passes and threw for 591 yards with three passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and two interceptions - while splitting time with redshirt junior Todd Centeio. That's after he completed 62% of his passes and threw for 2,803 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while adding two more rushing scores, in 11 games (nine starts) in 2019. - Seattle Times


(DS#40 QB) rSr/2022 QB Patrick OBrienWashington
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  01/02/21 - Ryan BowmanrSr/2022, Washington, 6-0, 280 (DS#66 DE) + More +

  Ryan Bowman provided a literal and figurative lift for the Huskies on Thursday. Washington's fifth-year senior tweeted a video of the 6-foot, 280-pound outside linebacker successfully squatting 685 pounds, along with the following caption: "All I can think about is going on a rampage with the Dawgs in 2021". When asked if the tweet indicates that Bowman will definitely be back for a sixth season next fall, he responded: "I'll be back 100%." That's bad news for opposing offenses. In 42 career games on Montlake, the Bellevue product and former walk-on has collected 102 total tackles, as well as 25.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, four forced fumbles and one interception. In his last full season, he produced 34 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a pick in 2019. - Seattle Times

(DS#66 DE) rSr/2022 DE Ryan BowmanWashington
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  12/31/20 - Cade OttonrSr/2022, Washington, 6-5, 240 (DS#1 TE) + More +

  2020 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: TE Cade Otton, Jr., Washington,...A total of 11 Washington football players were honored on the 2020 All-Pac-12 Football teams. The Huskies had four first-team selections: Jaxson Kirkland, Elijah Molden, Cade Otton and Zion Tupuola-Fetui. Otton, a junior from Tumwater, Wash., was the Huskies' leading receiver, with 18 catches for 258 yards and three touchdowns in the UW's four games. - Washington Football

(DS#1 TE) rSr/2022 TE Cade OttonWashington
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  12/31/20 - Jaxson KirklandrSr/2022, Washington, 6-6, 295 (DS#4 OT) + More +

  2020 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: OL Jaxson Kirkland, Jr., Washington,...A total of 11 Washington football players were honored on the 2020 All-Pac-12 Football teams. The Huskies had four first-team selections: Jaxson Kirkland, Elijah Molden, Cade Otton and Zion Tupuola-Fetui. Kirkland, a junior from Portland, Ore., started each game this season at left tackle. He had earlier been named to the 2020 preseason All-Pac-12 first team. - Washington Football

(DS#4 OT) rSr/2022 OT Jaxson KirklandWashington
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