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June 18, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Scholarship tracker

One of the more commonly-asked questions here anytime UW gets a new commit, or loses a player, is where the Huskies stand scholarship-wise.
So I’ve finally put something together I probably should have done long ago — a listing of the scholarship players by position. Eventually, I’ll try to put a standing link to this on the blog somewhere. For now, I’ll just keep updating it and post it when there has been some significant movement.
Anyway, here we go (and the source for all listings of eligibility and scholarship status is the official roster from GoHuskies.com). And as you’ll see, I’ve included all the members of the Class of 2009.
QUARTERBACK
Jake Locker, Jr.
Ronnie Fouch, Soph.
Keith Price, Fr.
TOTAL — 3
COMMENT — Just three for this season but Nick Montana has already committed for 2010, giving UW four going forward. As added depth, UW also has Taylor Bean as a walk-on.
TAILBACK
Brandon Johnson, Jr.
Curtis Shaw, Soph.
David Freeman, Soph.
Willie Griffin, Soph.
Brandon Yakaboski, Soph.
Demitrius Bronson, Fr.
Chris Polk, Fr.
TOTAL — 7
COMMENT — Departure of Terrance Dailey and likely season-ending injury to Brandon Yakaboski suddenly make this group look a little less deep, especially with no new players coming in this fall. That makes it even more of a priority to get a running back or two for 2010 with one, Melvin Davis, already in the fold.
FULLBACK
Paul Homer, Sr.
Austin Sylvester, Soph.
TOTAL — 2
COMMENT — Huskies have already taken steps to replace Homer getting a commitment from Zach Fogerson for 2010.
WIDE RECEIVER
D’Andre Goodwin, Jr.
Devin Aguilar, Soph.
Cody Bruns, Soph.
Jermaine Kearse, Soph.
Jordan Polk, Soph.
Anthony Boyles, Fr.
Luther Leonard, Fr.
Vince Taylor, Fr.
James Johnson, Fr.
TOTAL — 9
COMMENT — This is shaping up as one of the most promising positions on the team long-term, especially if UW can hold on to some of its commits for 2010 (namely, Tevin Carter). Also some walk-ons here, like Tony Chidiac, who provide some additional depth.
TIGHT END
Dorson Boyce, Jr.
Kavario Middleton, Soph.
Chris Izbicki, Soph.
Marlion Barnett, Fr.
Kimo Makaula, Fr.
TOTAL — 5
COMMENT —Middleton and Izbicki obviously are hugely promising talents and how they go will determine how good this position will be the next few years. Makaula’s position is still a little uncertain but appears he’ll start out at TE, adding to the depth at that spot. Also, some decent walk-ons here, as well, such as Romeo Savant, to pump up the numbers.
OFFENSIVE LINE
Nick Scott, Sr.
Morgan Rosborough, Sr.
Ben Ossai, Sr.
Cody Habben, Jr.
Matt Sedillo, Jr.
Ryan Tolar, Jr.
Daniel Mafoe, Jr.
Senio Kelemete, Soph.
Skyler Fancher, Soph.
Mark Armelin, Soph.
Scott Shugert, Soph.
Drew Schaefer, Fr.
Terrence Thomas, Fr.
Mykenna Ikehara, Fr.
TOTAL — 14
COMMENT — Still rumblings there could be a player moved over from defense to help out the numbers here as ideally you might have a couple more. Scott, who came to UW a year ago as a walk-on before getting a scholarship, is listed as still on scholarship. In terms of class year, this is one of the more balanced positions on the team as the Huskies could be in a position of beginning to have a nice blend of experience and improving youth each year.
DEFENSIVE LINE
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Sr.
Darrion Jones, Sr.
De’Shon Matthews, Jr.
Cameron Elisara, Jr.
Johnny Tivao, Jr.
Kalani Aldrich, Soph.
Alameda Ta’amu, Soph.
Nick Wood, Soph.
Tyrone Duncan, Soph.
Everrette Thompson, Soph.
Craig Noble, Fr.
Talia Crichton, Fr.
Chris Robinson, Fr.
Semisi Tokolahi, Fr.
TOTAL — 14
COMMENT — Another spot where if the youngsters start to progress, this will begin to be a fairly balanced position with a pretty good distribution of players in each class.
LINEBACKERS
Donald Butler, Sr.
E.J. Savannah, Sr.
Josh Gage, Sr.
Trenton Tuiasosopo, Sr.
Matt Houston, Jr.
Mason Foster, Jr.
Cort Dennison, Soph.
Kurt Mangum, Fr.
Andru Pulu, Fr.
Tim Tucker, Fr.
Jordan Wallace, Fr.
TOTAL — 11
COMMENT — Gage, a former walk-on, remains listed in the media guide for 2009 as on scholarship. With four seniors, three of whom project as starters or significant contributors this season, the Huskies will have some rebuilding to do here in 2010. In fact, this looms as the only real position where at the moment you would think the Huskies could be weaker in 2010 than 2009 (with the possible exception of the D-line with Te’o-Nesheim and Jones departing).
DEFENSIVE BACKS
Jason Wells, Sr.
David Batts, Jr.
Dominique Gaise, Jr.
Vonzell McDowell Jr., Jr.
Nate Williams, Jr.
Matt Mosley, Jr.
Victor Aiyewa, Jr.
Quinton Richardson, Soph.
Alvin Logan, Soph.
Johri Fogerson, Soph.
Marquis Persley, Soph.
Greg Walker, Fr.
Adam Long, Fr.
Justin Glenn, Fr.
Anthony Gobern, Fr.
Will Shamburger, Fr.
Nate Fellner, Fr.
Desmond Trufant, Fr.
TOTAL — 18
COMMENT — Bodies aren’t the issue here. UW will have lots of options going forward. Key is obviously going to be finding enough good ones.
SPECIALISTS
Danny Morovick (snapper), Sr.
Will Mahan (punter) Jr.
Erik Folk (PK), Soph.
TOTAL — 3
COMMENT — Huskies will need a deep snapper after this season but have some walk-on candidates already on the roster. UW also is obviously going after another scholarship kicker given the recruitment of Alejandro Maldonado.
TOTALS BY CLASS
Senior — 12
Junior — 20
Sophomore — 27
Freshmen — 27
COMMENT — Obviously, that adds up to 86, one more than the 85-player limit. But that includes all the incoming players, not all of whom are academically cleared yet. It becomes an issue only if every single one of these players makes it in and on scholarship. As noted in earlier comments, both Gage and Scott are listed as on scholarship. But when former coach Tyrone Willingham made the announcement of their scholarship last August, he indicated it was just for one season. So that could clear up the logjam right there.
What’s more of an issue is, with what figures to be pretty close to a full squad this year and then just 12 seniors departing, is fitting in all the commits for the Class of 2010. UW already has 10 solid commits and conventional wisdom is that the Huskies will probably take close to a full class, assuming there will be enough roster movement to make it all work. But remember, they don’t have to fit all those guys in until Sept. 2010, so there’s a lot of time to make it happen.

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