Now that signing day is over, we have a much clearer picture of what the roster will look like in 2011, which leads to the inevitable questions about the scholarship situation. To refresh, teams are limited to 85 players on scholarship (but remember that players are not on scholarship until they enroll).
Here’s how I see it by class year (which is based on 2011 season eligibility):
TOTAL — 16.
COMMENT: Fogerson is attempting to get a redshirt for last season, but ther was no official word on that last week. Aguilar, Bruns, Fogerson, Kearse, Ta’amu and Thompson all are fourth-year players with a redshirt year remaining if necessary. Also, I’m not going to count any of the five walk-ons who last August were awarded one-year scholarships since we don’t know if they will be put on scholarship again next year. Three of those are returning in 2011, however — Brendan Lopez, Daniel Kanczugowski and Jonathan Amosa. Lopez is a senior next year, so he could be a 17th member of this class (or a 16th depending on what happens with Fogerson). In any case, UW may be limited in how many players it will be able to sign in 2012 unless there is some attrition elsewhere in the program as this will obviously be a small senior class.
TOTAL — 15.
COMMENT — Kanczugowski and Amosa could also be part of this group next year. The most striking thing may be realizing how few total upperclassmen UW may have next year — just 32 or so of a possible 85 on scholarship. So much can happen between now and 2013 that it’s probably not even worth bringing up yet, but if these numbers were to hold and there is not significant attrition elsewhere, UW may also be looking at having limited numbers to give out for the Class of 2013.
TOTAL — 20
COMMENT — This is a mix of players who played last season as redshirt and true freshmen — 14 here (including Tutogi) have a redshirt year still left if needed.
TOTAL — 14.
COMMENT — That is obviously just a list of all the freshmen who redshirted in 2010 and now no longer have a redshirt year remaining.
TOTAL — 22.
COMMENT — And this is obviously just a list of the 21 high school players who signed last Wedneday (plus John Timu, who I forgot about in the first edition of this) who all arrive with five years of eligibility to play four.
OVERALL TOTAL — 87.
OVERALL COMMENT — The Huskies are two over the 85-man limit at the moment, though again, remember that scholarships for incoming players don’t take effect until they enroll, so the team isn’t over the limit at the moment. Obviously, UW appears to be planning for a little attrition — there was no indication that they asked any of the signees to grayshirt. Also worth noting that UW was apparently prepared to give out at least two or three more scholarships last Wednesday (Jacoby Brissett, Stephan Nembot, Paulay Asiata — Sims apparently took Kameron Jackson’s). And UW also reportedly is in the chase for Tate Forcier, the former Michigan QB beginning a tour of possible new destinations this week. So yes, at the moment UW does appear guilty ot at least a little oversigning, in terms of overall numbers. The realty these days is that it’s common to overcommit a little bit, assuming things will happen down the road to allow the numbers to work, which is exactly what it appears UW has done here.