When Washington released its official roster for spring football Monday, the one scholarship player no longer listed was sophomore defensive end Corey Waller, coach Steve Sarkisian saying he had decided to transfer.
Tonight, Waller said it was simply a matter of trying to find somewhere he will be able to get more playing time at the linebacker spot where he thinks he is a better fit.
“I just didn’t get the opportunity (at UW),” he said. “Nothing personal.”
Waller, who did not see action last season for the Huskies as a redshirt freshman, said UW wanted him to play primarily a defensive end spot with his hand on the ground while he thinks he’d be better off at a linebacker-type spot standing up. He said UW coaches weren’t sure he was a fit at linebacker because “they weren’t sure I could cover in space.”
Waller, a three-star recruit out of Poly High in Long Beach who had also been avidly recruited by Cal for the Class of 2011 and also had listed offers from USC, Oregon State and WSU, said he made the decision about a week ago to transfer and is unsure of where he will go.
He said he leaves with “no hard feelings” and noted he had talked to defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi today.
“I just felt like I didn’t fit in their scheme,” he said.