We’re getting close, folks.
Pac-12 Media Day is Friday in Los Angeles and the Huskies’ fall camp starts 10 days later, on Aug. 5. Soon enough, kickoff against Boise State on Aug. 31 and the reopening of Husky Stadium will be here.
Until then, we’ll fill the space and time with a look at some of UW’s potential “breakout” players for 2013. I didn’t have any specific parameters for this; I tended to seek out a younger, unheralded player who either “flashed” during spring workouts or is at a position with a key hole to fill (or both).
Here’s who I came up with. Vote in the poll below, and also feel free to post your own candidates in the comments section.
Cleveland Wallace: A strong spring put senior Greg Ducre in the driver’s seat to replace Desmond Trufant at one cornerback spot, but figure on a lively competition throughout fall camp for the job opposite Marcus Peters. Coach Steve Sarkisian has singled out Wallace, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound redshirt freshman from San Jose, as a young player likely to contribute early this season.
DiAndre Campbell: It will be imperative for someone to emerge as a second go-to receiver after Kasen Williams, and Campbell has the most experience of the emerging receiving corps. The 6-1 junior from Oakland had 16 catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns last season, and he appears first in line to grab hold of a starting job. He’ll have to hold off senior Antavius Sims and several touted incoming freshmen.
Connor Cree: A redshirt sophomore from Sammamish, Cree shifted inside to defensive tackle during the spring and often ran with the starters. His continued development will be key for a unit with two starting jobs to fill.
Dwayne Washington: The redshirt freshman is a bit of a mystery after moving from receiver to tailback, but he could emerge as Bishop Sankey’s top backup with Jesse Callier (and Deontae Cooper) coming back from injury.
(Note that I’m not including true freshmen in this. I’m not sure it’s unfair to heap a bunch of expectations on those guys when we know very little about them. It’s a bonus when a freshman like Shaq Thompson can come in and immediately grasp the playbook and get on the field; there’s usually a couple each season that can do that. Most, of course, take time to develop, and they could end up on this list next year.)