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October 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Reviewing the seniors

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Steve Sarkisian’s official announcement this week of what had long seemed a foregone conclusion — that receiver James Johnson will redshirt due to a wrist injury suffered during training camp — also means the senior class now has one less body.

Since Johnson (pictured at right) is redshirting, he will now return for the 2013 season as a fifth-year senior instead of leaving this after season.

And that means UW now has just 11 seniors on its roster. That includes two players who initially walked-on (fullbacks Jonathan Amosa and Cole Sager) meaning there are just nine seniors who initially signed letters-of-intent with UW.

Here are those nine — CB Desmond Trufant, OLB Nate Fellner, DE Talia Crichton, DT Semisi Tokolahi, CB Adam Long, WR Cody Bruns, S Justin Glenn, CB Anthony Gobern and C Drew Schaefer.

Bruns, Schaefer, Long, Gobern and Glenn are all from the Class of 2008, the last signed by Tyrone Willingham.

The rest are from the Class of 2009. And as noted here often, part of the reason UW doesn’t have a lot a seniors this year is because of the smallness of that class, when the Huskies signed just 19 players, including six junior college players, whose eligibility would be gone now even if all but two never played for Washington.. That was the class put together hastily after Sarkisian was hired in early December, 2008.

Only seven players remain from that class — Trufant, QB Keith Price, Johnson, S Will Shamburger, Fellner, Crichton and Tokolahi.

That Johnson is now redshirting means there will be three fifth-year seniors next —- Johnson, Price and Shamburger.

UW won’t necessarily have a ton more seniors next year — right now, I count 14 juniors on scholarship who would be seniors next year, a number that has decreased with the likes of Jesse Callier, Cooper Pelluer (and apparently Erik Kohler) now redshirting, as well.

An obvious question is how many scholarships this leaves UW for the Class of 2013. There’s no way to ever know that for sure at this stage. But just judging by what UW has done so far in recruiting, it appears the Huskies plan to sign close to a full class of 25 for this year, likely figuring out a way to work out all the numbers later.

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