Lists of the 10 Best This or the 10 Greatest That are essentially designed largely to elicit thought and discussion.
And the Rivals.com list today of the 10 best JC transfers of all time in college football has done just that.
The list includes Corey Dillon at No. 10, and few would dispute Dillon’s one-season greatness as a Husky as his 1,724 yards remains the most in school history.
But one could argue that Dillon wouldn’t even be at the top of the list if you did a ranking solely of Washington’s JC transfers.
Consider that two players who are unquestionably among the best and most important in UW history were each JC transfers — running back Hugh McElhenny and quarterback Warren Moon. McElhenny attended Compton JC for a year before coming to UW in 1949, and Moon attended West Los Angeles College for a year before coming to UW in 1975. (Since each was only at a JC one year, it may be easy for people to forget they were in fact JC transfers).
I thought about trying to put together a list real quick of the 10 best UW JC players of all time, but figured I’d overlook somebody, especially from the period before the 1980s or so (I couldn’t find a list of all UW JC players in history readily available).
But here are a few others who come quickly to mind that would almost certainly contend for a top 10 spot on such a list:
— S Dashon Goldson, who played at a JC for two years before becoming a two-year starter for the Huskies and is still in the NFL;
— DE Kai Ellis, who played at City College of San Francisco and had one of the best single-game defensive efforts in school history in the 2002 Apple Cup and is still playing in the CFL;
— QB Hugh Millen, who attended Santa Rosa JC before coming to UW as a walk-on in 1983;
— P Rich Camarillo, who attended Cerritos JC before coming to UW in 1979. Almost better-known for a 16-year NFL career than he is his two seasons with the Huskies;
— DL Stafford Mays, who attended Mt. Hood JC before coming to UW in 1978. Father of Taylor Mays, he was a two-year starter on UW’s DL and despite playing just two years,m still ninth all-time in school history for tackles by a lineman;
— PK Mike Lansford, who also came to UW in 1978 and went on to a long NFL career after two seasons at UW;
— P Jeff Partridge, a JC transfer who followed Camarillo;
— WR Jim Krieg, who played two years at Taft JC and was regarded as about the biggest JC recruit UW had ever signed before becoming one of Sonny Sixkiller’s favorite targets on the 1970-71 teams (and whose addition is often overlooked in the turnaround of the Huskies in that era);
— WR Marcel Reece, who may be one of the better of UW’s more recent years of JC transfers (as Husky fans know all too well, the school has struggled in that department).
And as noted, I’m sure I missed a few guys, so