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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 9, 2007 at 4:03 PM

Breaking down the JC transfers

Lots of discussion on here in the wake of the Jordan Murchison situation, some of it dealing with the fact that many of Tyrone Willingham’s troublesome recruits at UW have been JC transfers.
So let’s detail those players:
JC TRANSFERS IN THE CLASS OF 2005
WR Marlon Wood
— Had a decent two-year career before a messy departure when he thought the school would try harder to get him another year of eligibility and he was instead declared a senior the week before his final home game.
DB Qwenton Freeman — Didn’t qualify academically and after also failing to get in at Arizona landed at Montana, where he also landed in quite a bit of trouble.
DB Chris Handy — Came with some baggage after being kicked off the team at Nevada for involvement in an assault and after practicing a few days at UW, was declared academically ineligible and never played a down for the Huskies.
JC TRANSFERS IN THE CLASS OF 2006
WR Marcel Reece — Appears on the way to having a solid senior season after a breakout game against the Cougs last year following some somewhat surprising struggles most of the year.
FSJason Wells — Stepped right into a starting job last season and should hold it for this year and next.
OL Sir Aaron Mason — Was ineligible to begin camp last season and didn’t play a year ago but should help out this season.
LS Danny Morovick — Technically a JC transfer since he spent a year at Saddleback CC, though he didn’t play football there. Could be a four-year long snapper for the Huskies.
S Ashlee Palmer — One of the plums of this class, he didn’t get admitted to school and is now playing linebacker at Mississippi.
DL Anthony Atkins — Didn’t play last year and is now gone from the team due to academic problems.
CB Jordan Murchison — Unclear now if he’ll ever play for UW.
JC TRANSFERS IN CLASS OF 2007
CB Byron Davenport — Technically a JC since he went to one after leaving UCLA, should be a key contributor if he can shake off hamstring injury.
P Jared Ballman — In contention to be the starting punter this season.
COMMENT: That’s 12 players, five of whom may never play a down for the Huskies. Tyrone Willingham would be the first to admit that’s not a great percentage. But it’s also worth noting that he appears to be becoming more selective in his recruiting as his program matures, and the dependence on JCs doesn’t figure to be real great the rest of the way except for immediate needs.
SIDE NOTE: I’m off to a family function so this could be the last post of the day, though if there is really big news, we’ll try to find a way to get it up here.

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