The countdown continues with senior defensive lineman Everrette Thompson, whose importance to the Huskies probably can’t be overstated even if many people still continue to struggle to spell his first name — it indeed has two r’s and two t’s.
Fitting, since Thompson (pictured last year against Syracuse in an Otto Greule photo) has two positions, able to play at either tackle or end depending on scheme and depth issues. He started eight games at end last season and five at tackle, giving the coaches needed flexibility and dependability, making 35 tackles, five for a loss (and obviously at a spot where the numbers don’t really do justice to a player’s importance).
Thompson was listed as a starter at defensive end (the strong side spot) at the end of the spring but also moved inside at times when UW went with the alignments with Hau’oli Jamora and Josh Shirley on the field together.
He also said in the spring he was up to 265 pounds and feeling as good as he ever had, finally healthy for a sustained period and able to go through full off-season conditioning.
That’s good news as the Huskies will need Thompson to be a steadying and consistent force up front all season. His ability to move inside makes him particularly valuable if the Huskies end up needing some more depth at the tackle spot, where UW enters camp a little thinner than hoped after the loss of Chris Robinson and with Semisi Tokolahi still getting back in playing shape.