Our look the other day at the players who redshirted this season brought the obvious and sensible reply to also look at the true freshmen who played this season.
Washington played 10 true freshmen this season. By way of comparison, UW played six in 2011, a school-record 14 in 2010, 10 in 2009 and 12 in 2008.
Here are the 10 who played this season:
Punter Korey Durkee — Durkee handled the punting in the first three games, averaging 36.9 per kick before Travis Coons took over those duties, as well. With Mount Si’s Cameron Van Winkle committed for the Class of 2013, there will be lots more competition for all the kicking spots next season.
Long snapper Ryan Masel — A walk-on from Phoenix, he ended up handling all of the snapping duties this season.
Receiver Jaydon Mickens — Mickens finished the season as UW’s third-leading receiver with 20 catches for 190 yards and also was the leading kickoff returner with 19 for 408.
Running back Kendyl Taylor — Taylor began the year as a receiver but was moved to running back following the season-ending injury to Jesse Callier in the first game. He was UWs second-leading rusher with 209 yards on 35 carries and also caught 14 passes for 110 yards. passes for
Linebacker Shaq Thompson — Made the move from safety to nickelback/linebacker midway through camp and became one of defense’s most steady players. Finished fourth in tackles with 74 and tied for team lead in interceptions with three.
Defensive end Pio Vatuvei — Played in nine games before suffering a knee injury that held him out for the last four. Officially started the opener against San Diego State. Finished with seven tackles.
Running back Erich Wilson II — Played in six games, including the bowl, and finished as the team’s third-leading rusher with 149 yards on 28 carries.
Wide receiver Marvin Hall — Hall signed as part of the Class of 2011, but after delaying enrollment to clear up academic issues, was a true freshman this season. Played in six games and made his main contribution as a returner, finishing second in each kickoff (16-357) and punt returns (6-33).
Lineman Shane Brostek — Brostek didn’t play in the first two games, but from that point on saw some consistent action — though with a position change thrown in along the way. He started the Stanford, Oregon and USC games at right guard. Then, prior to the Colorado game, he was switched to defense as injuries hit that side of the ball and he played on defense against Colorado and WSU and on special teams in the bowl game. He could stay on defense though coaches said his position will be re-evaluated in the offf-season.
Linebacker Cory Littleton — Littleton was pulled out of a possible redshirt season prior to the Oregon game, which he started. He then played regularly on defense and special teams the rest of the way, making 14 tackles in nine games.