UW has announced today that WR James Johnson — who memorably scored the first touchdown of the Steve Sarkisian era in 2009 against LSU — is retiring from football due to a lingering wrist injury he suffered last fall.
The release says Johnson will remain on scholarship to finish his degree at UW.
The linked release also includes the news that four others have asked for and been granted their release to transfer — WR Jamaal Jones, RB Erich Wilson II, LB Evan Zeger and DB Darien Washington.
The departures of Wilson II and Zeger had already been reported.
All projected as reserves for this season, and Washington had been dealing with a shoulder injury.
UW had appeared to need a little attrition to be able to get to the 85-player scholarship limit, and this likely gets them right about there.