A position-by-position analysis of the 2014 Washington Huskies roster before national signing day on Feb. 5. Today: Tight ends. Friday: Offensive line.
2013 review: Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ statistics dropped in half from 2012, but the junior star still ended up winning the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end, the first Husky to do so. ASJ leaves school a year early holding virtually every record for a UW tight end, and some have him pegged as a first-round pick in May’s NFL Draft. Behind him last season, Joshua Perkins had three touchdown receptions (on five total catches) and Michael Hartvigson continued to be utilized as a blocking tight end.
2014 projected spring depth chart:
Joshua Perkins, Jr., 6-3, 224*
Michel Hartvigson, Sr., 6-6, 257*
Darrell Daniels, so., 6-4, 232*
David Ajamu, rs-fr., 6-5, 245*
2014 outlook: Perkins is the clear front-runner to take over as the starter. A converted wide receiver, he’s not yet a complete tight end — his blocking still needs work — but he provides athleticism in the passing game and still plenty of upside, offering the best chance at the least amount of dropoff from ASJ’s departure. Hartvigson’s receiving numbers have dipped each season — from eight in 2011 to six in 2013 to zero last season. It would be easy to peg him as nothing more than an extra blocker, but things could certainly come together as a senior under a new staff. He should be a factor in some way. Daniels is a wild card after shifting from receiver midseason, and Ajamu is still raw, I’m told, but with a lot of potential. There are also two recruits currently committed for this class: Newport High’s Drew Sample and Chase Blakley of Coeur D’Alene and Given that depth, it’s been suggested that Perkins and/or Daniels could be tried again at receiver, the position at which both began their UW careers. I certainly don’t see that with Perkins, and it seems unlikely Daniels would move back to receiver at this point.
Position grade: B