If you missed it in today’s paper, here’s our main story out of Pac-12 media day on UW’s rising expectations.
Here’s a notebook leading with Steve Sarkisian talking about the “hard” decision he’s facing with Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams.
And here’s Bud Withers’ column on the state of the Pac-12 overall.
It wasn’t until my flight back from L.A. Friday night that I finally got a chance to take a close look at the media guide distributed by UW. On Pages 2-3 is the first look at what will be the bulk of the roster, if not it entirely, for the season opener against Boise State on Aug. 31.
Included on this initial roster is 20 freshmen listed for the first time. Here are their jersey numbers and listed heights and weights, but it looks to me like those are probably their high school measurements. Sarkisian said that receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow (listed at 215 on the roster) recently had his official weigh in and came in at a solid 232 pounds. That said, these still give a decent idea of what to expect. I’m expecting an updated roster when fall camp starts on Aug. 5.
85 — David Ajamu, TE, Shelton, Wash; 6-5, 245
25 — Keishawn Bierria, LB, Carson, Calif.; 6-1, 210
22 — Lavon Coleman, TB, Lompoc, Calif.; 6-0, 210
34 — Sean Constantine, LB, Hunts Point, Wash.; 6-2, 230
55 — Dane Crane, OL, Irvine, Calif.; 6-3, 308
15 — Darrell Daniels, WR, Pittsburg, Calif.; 6-4, 220
30 — Patrick Enewally, DB Norwalk, Calif.; 6-1, 190
23 — Marcus Farria, DE, Peoria, Ariz; 6-5, 225
6 — Jermaine Kelly, DB, Los Angeles; 6-2, 185
20 — Kevin King, DB, San Leandro, Calif.; 6-2, 170
73 — Andrew Kirkland, OL, Portland, 6-5, 300
5 — Joe Mathis, DE, Ontario, Calif.; 6-4, 250
29 — Connor O’Brien, LB, Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; 6-3, 230
11 — Elijah Qualls, DT, Petaluma, Calif.; 6-2, 285
1 — John Ross, WR, Long Beach, Calif.; 5-11, 180
9 — Damore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Perris, Calif.; 6-3, 215
48 — *Cameron Van Winkle, PK, Fall City, Wash.; 5-10, 160
36 — Azeem Victor, LB, Upland, Calif.; 6-4, 230
27 — *Trevor Walker, DB, Arlington, Texas; 5-11, 180
13 — *Troy Williams, QB, Los Angeles; 6-2, 205
*enrolled early and participated in spring practices
There are two names missing from a recruiting class ranked as high as No. 14 in the nation in February: Andrew Basham, a defensive lineman from Lynnwood High, and offensive lineman Coleman Shelton from Los Angeles. There had been some rumblings about whether Basham would qualify academically, but I haven’t been able to confirm. A grayshirt may be an option for one or both; we’ll find out more on Aug. 5.
A few other tidbits from Sarkisian out of Pac-12 media day:
On the scholarship numbers: “We’re right at 85. Some years you’re right there and some years you’re down around 82 or 81 and you have opportunities to put kids on scholarship that are walk-ons and it’s great things to do. We’ve been fortunate to be able to do that the last few years, but this year’s not working out that way. Now, like I said, there’s still eight more days to go and I’ve seen stuff happen every year that’s mind-boggling to me.”
On the new freshmen, and Marcus Farria in particular: “He sure looks good. It’s hard for me because we obviously didn’t get to have him in the spring and I can’t be around him on the field during the summer, but when he comes around the offices he sure looks good. He’s sure got a good look in his eye, a focused look in his eye. He’s extremely competitive. He’s got a leadership mentality. He’s a tough-minded kid.
“I thought that the receiving class had a chance to really contribute. I really think John Ross is going to add an element to our offense that we haven’t had with the sheer speed that he possesses. And Damore’ea Stringfellow we just went through the official weights, and he’s 232 pounds and is a wide receiver. He reminds me of Anquan Boldin — that strong, physical guy. So I’m hoping he can have an impact for us.”