The departures of Ronnie Fouch and Willie Griffin in the last few days have put a little bit of a hit into the longterm legacy of the Class of 2007.
In fact, I called up the list again after the news of Griffin leaving and took a look at the class, and it’s beginning to emerge as one that may have been a little bit overrated. It was a class of 27 players rated fourth in the Pac-10 by Scout.com and 29th in the nation (Rivals.com had it a little lower at 36th nationally).
But as of today, there are probably just five players who would be starters heading into spring ball — Mason Foster, Devin Aguilar, Erik Folk, Nate Williams and Cort Dennison — and only a couple of others really in contention for a starting job.
Anyway, here’s a player-by-player look at where it stands at the moment:
CB Marquis Persley — A deep reserve who has seen little playing time.
S Victor Aiyewa — Has shown flashes of productivity but has struggled with injuries.
DL Tyrone Duncan — Has played in only seven games in two years, making one tackle.
SLB Cort Dennison — Emerged as a key reserve early last year, then a starter when E.J. Savannah was sidelined. Could be a starter next year if Savannah is denied a sixth year.
CB Anthony Boyles — Maybe the most-touted recruit in the class, he has yet to see the field other than special teams, and was moved from WR to CB.
CB Byron Davenport — JC transfer was a key contributor for one year before struggling with injuries in 2008 and then moving on.
OT Mark Armelin — Hasn’t seen any significant action and with lots of OLs coming in this year, will be in a battle for PT.
OG Nick Wood — Moved from DL early last year and started five games and will be in the mix for playing time next season.
RB Curtis Shaw— Played in 2007 when he was moved to WR, left team in 2008, returned last season as an RB and was a reserve.
OT Skyler Fancher— Showed promise in 2008 and played in 10 games, starting one at RT, but sat out last season with a leg injury.
P Jared Ballman — Starting punter in 2007 and 2008.
RB Brandon Johnson — Looked initially to be one of the stars of the class when he turned in some solid games in 2007. But regressed in 2008 and then was declared academically ineligible following spring ball in 2009 and left the team.
DE Kalani Aldrich — Has shown promise and started this year against Idaho. But missed second half of the season with what coaches said is a “chronic” knee issue.
RB Willie Griffin — Rushed for 219 yards in 2008 but had just three carries for 11 yards last season and figured to be buried in a logjam at TB and this week decided to transfer.
FB Austin Sylvester — Recruited as an LB, moved to fullback but has seen little playing time and has just on year of eligibility left.
WLB Mason Foster — In terms of exceeding his rating coming in, probably the top guy in this class. Should contend for all-conference honors next season.
WR Devin Aguilar — Pretty highly-rated WR and living up to his billing, catching 42 passes this season.
LB Alvin Logan — Started much of 2008 as a WR but then moved to safety and then LB where his progress was stunted by injuries.
K Erik Folk — After struggling with injuries for two years, emerged as starting PK this year and hit 18-21 FGs.
RB Brandon Yakaboski — Sat out last year with a knee injury suffered early in 2008. Coach Steve Sarkisian said after the season recovery was going well and he was anxious to see him back on the field this year.
S Nate Williams — A two-year starter at safety and will be one of the leaders of the team next season.
OG Scott Shugert — Hasn’t seen any significant playing time.
CB Vonzell McDowell — Started four games first two seasons but was a reserve last year.
QB Ronnie Fouch — Started eight games in 2008 when Jake Locker was injured but was a backup last season and announced over the weekend he is transferring to Indiana State.
CB Quinton Richardson — Started 17 games in 2008 and 2009 before losing job to Desmond Trufant midway through last season. Will be in competition for starting job again this year.
TE Chris Izbicki — Among higher-rated members of the class, didn’t see the field until last season when he was the No. 2 tight end (getting five starts when UW began the game in two TE alignments).
OT Emeka Iweka — Rainier Beach grad didn’t qualify and is now playing basketball at North Idaho College.