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July 6, 2008 at 11:22 PM

Breaking down the classes

The departures of J.R. Hasty and Jordan Murchison last week only made it more evident what a young team the Huskies will be heading into the 2008 season.
Consider that of the 84 players now on scholarship (by my count, anyway) only 15 are fourth- or fifth-year players.
I broke down the Class of 2005 last week, a group that now has just seven of the 13 that originally signed.
There are also just eight left from the Class of 2004, of 22 that originally signed (I’ll break that down in a future post). That was the only full class signed by former coach Keith Gilbertson. Including Juan Garcia, the lone remaining member of the Class of 2003, there are just nine players left on the roster not signed by Tyrone Willingham.
There are also just 13 left from the Class of 2006, a group that originally consisted of 22 players, also contributing to the youth of this team. The major reason there are so few left is that seven signees of that class were JC transfers, five of whom are no longer with the Huskies, including Murchison (the two that remain are S Jason Wells and snapper Danny Morovick).
The vast majority of the roster is made up of the last two recruiting classes — 52 scholarship players in all (of 53 who originally signed. The lone signee from the past two years no longer on the roster is lineman Emeka Iweka). There are 26 each from the classes of 2007 and 2008. Most of the players from the Class of 2008 will be arriving this week to enroll in the summer bridge program.
For those who will add up the numbers, the difference is made up walk-ons who have since earned scholarships, such as TE Michael Gottlieb.

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