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September 27, 2006 at 8:30 AM

Hasty back, Palmer doesn’t make it

The final expanded roster for the Washington Huskies, officially released this morning, contains the name of J.R. Hasty but not those of Ashlee Palmer or Chancellor Young.
Hasty, a running back from Bellevue High who was declared ineligible over the summer, is not eligible to play this season but is back on the roster and practicing with the team again and working toward regaining eligibility for next season. He began practicing with the team on Monday.
Palmer, a highly-touted JC transfer safety, did not qualify academically and will not enroll this year. That means his letter-of-intent is now void and he is again a recruitable athlete.
Young, a wide receiver from O’Dea, was also declared ineligible over the summer. UW coach Tyrone Willingham had left open the possibility that he could return to the roster, but that door closed with the unveiling of the final roster today. His future plans are uncertain.
Also on the final roster is JC transfer offensive lineman Aaron Mason, who had been ineligible until now. He is almost certain to redshirt this season and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
There are 10 additions to the roster including the return of three players who have been out due to injury — DB Josh Okoebor, S Darin Harris and punter/kicker Ryan Perkins. Perkins is certain to sit out the rest of the season with a knee injury while it’s thought unlikely that Okoebor or Harris will be able to help the team anytime soon.
The rest of the newcomers are walk-ons or walk-ons who are returning from a previous injury. The new walk-ons include receiver Charles Hawkins, a sophomore from Chicago who attended Graceland University a year ago, and freshman receiver Gordie Verhovek of O’Dea and tight end Jonathan Shapiro of Encino, Calif.
Among the returning walk-ons is center Robert Lukevich, who had risen to backup status before injuring his knee in the spring.

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