With the Huskies’ spring game on Saturday, here’s a look at how the depth chart has shaped up this spring on offense. It is not the team’s official depth chart … because there is no official depth chart this spring. But at most positions, players have generally stuck to similar roles this spring, and those are reflected here.
Come August, this might not mean much. For now, it’s at least a decent gauge of who and what to watch for on Saturday.
Note: Uniform numbers are listed before players’ names. The players’ class designations are for 2014.
x-Denotes returning starter (for majority of 2013)
*Denotes scholarship athlete
3: Troy Williams, rs-fr., 6-2, 199*
5: Jeff Lindquist, so., 6-3, 240*
Note: My initial inclination was to list Lindquist first, based on seniority and based on the general belief that neither quarterback has done much to separate himself from the other through 13 spring practices. But as I wrote on Tuesday, I do believe Williams has inched just ahead in the past week or so (his struggles during Tuesday’s practice duly noted). That’s just my read on the situation. Others might disagree. Both guys have been up and down, which was to be expected as they adjust to their heightened roles and the (vast) demands of the new coaching staff. Their decision-making has been good, Chris Petersen said, but accuracy has been a bit of a concern. Lindquist has the tools — quick feet, strong arm — and will have every chance to win the starting job in August. The main things that I can’t read from stands: How well are these guys picking up the playbook? How well, and how quickly, are they making adjustments from what they’re seeing in film study? And how do teammates respond to them as leaders in and out of the locker room? All are questions that play into the overall picture. And then there’s one more big question looming …
Help on the way: Cyler Miles, anyone? … Four-star recruit K.J. Carta-Samuels (6-2, 225, Saratoga, Claif.), who attended one UW practice last month, is scheduled to arrive this summer.
32: Deontae Cooper, sr., 6-0, 201*
22: Lavon Coleman, rs-fr., 6-0, 209*
24: Jesse Callier, sr., 5-10, 207*
12: Dwayne Washington, so., 6-1, 220*
35: Ralph Kinne, 5-10, 203
31: Ryan McDaniel, 6-0, 204*
Notes: Callier and D. Washington have missed most of the second half of spring practices with apparent minor injuries, but I’d expect both to enter August in the running for that featured role. … Kinne, a redshirt freshman from Shelton High, has been steady while getting a number of quality reps in the past couple weeks. … McDaniel has also been limited with an unspecified injury.
Help on the way: Shaq Thompson? More, please! It’s extremely unlikely he’ll be an every-down back — in addition his regular role as a starting outside linebacker — but with as great as Thompson’s been with limited reps this spring, there’s no way he won’t get AT LEAST a few touches each game next fall. … The Huskies signed one running back in February: Jomon Dotson (5-11, 175, American Canyon, Calif.).
19: DiAndre Campbell, sr., 6-2, 199*
16: Marvin Hall, jr., 5-10, 182*
1: John Ross, so., 5-11, 173*
23: Kendyl Taylor, so., 5-10, 198*
81: David Garlington, 5-11, 181
4: Jaydon Mickens-x, jr., 5-10, 170*
83: Neel Salukhe, rs-fr., 5-10, 149
Note: An expected position of strength has been thinned considerably this spring. Every guy available has appeared to work at all of positions (inside, outside) this spring. Ross is learning how to play outside, and Taylor is back in the mix after spending some time last fall as a scout-team defensive back. … Campbell, a “sudden senior” at the end of 2013, is back on the roster and has looked rejuvenated this spring. His status, however, remains a question mark going into the summer because of a scholarship crunch. … Overall, the depth chart means very little here, to be honest, because of how thin the position is, and how drastically different it could look in the fall.
Help on the way: Kasen Williams is expected to be back strong this summer after his October broken leg. He’s running some routes now at half-speed, but he’s spent much of his spring on the field with a JUGS machine. He’s been joined often by walk-on Taelon Parson, who has also been out with an unspecified injury.… Petersen has given no indication how he might handle the discipline of Damore’ea Stringfellow. My hunch would be some sort of multi-game suspension, but I wouldn’t rule out anything, really. … The Huskies signed two wide receivers in Febuary: Brayden Lenius (6-5, 220, North Vancouver, B.C.) and Dante Pettis (6-1, 175, San Clemente, Calif.)
82: Joshua Perkins, Jr., 6-4, 228*
84: Michel Hartvigson, Sr., 6-6, 255*
15: Darrell Daniels, so., 6-4, 241*
18: Derrick Brown, jr., 6-3, 255*
85: David Ajamu, rs-fr., 6-5, 244*
Notes: Daniels has opened some eyes this spring, and figures to be a contributor in the fall. … Perkins remains the favorite to replace Austin Seferian-Jenkins as the No. 1 tight end, with Hartvigson also developing into an all-around receiver and blocker. He’ll continue to be a factor in two tight-end sets. … Brown, the quarterback-turned-fullback-turned-tight end, has appeared to catch on quickly in yet another new role. … Ajamu, coming off his redshirt season, has flashed some potential this spring. As with most young guys, consistency is the key for him.
Help on the way: The Huskies signed one tight end in February: Newport High’s Drew Sample (6-5, 235), who has been in attendance to watch at least one practice this spring.
52: Jake Eldrenkamp, so., 6-5, 287*
79: Coleman Shelton, rs-fr., 6-5, 280*
65: Siosifa Tufunga, jr., 6-2, 305*
67: Michael Kneip, so., 6-4, 277
69: Cory Fuavai, so., 6-3, 322*
78: Mike Criste-x, sr., 6-5, 3-6*
64: Colin Tanigawa-x, sr., 6-3, 275*
55: Dane Crane, rs.-fr., 6-3, 3-4, so.*
70: James Atoe, sr., 6-7, 375*
60: Shane Brostek, jr., 6-4, 278*
63: Taylor Hindy, so., 6-4, 315*
59: Ben Riva-x, Sr., 6-6, 300*
62: Ross Dolbec, jr., 6-6, 310
73: Andrew Kirkland, rs-fr., 6-5, 306*
Notes: Very fluid here. … Tanigawa, the starting right guard in 2013, has moved around quite a bit between center and guard this spring, as offensive line coach Chris Strausser tries to develop some quality depth at center. It seems likely that Tanigawa will shift back to guard full-time next fall. … On multiple occasions, Strausser has singled out Shelton and Crane as two young guys who have impressed him this spring.
Help on the way: Two of the most valuable pieces on the line — left tackle Micah Hatchie and left guard Dexter Charles — have not participated in spring practices as they recover from injuries. Both are expected to be back to full speed this summer, and there’s little doubt both will step back into their starting roles. … The Huskies signed four offensive linemen in February: Devin Burleson (6-7, 260, Palmdale, Calif.), Matt James (6-5, 270, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), Jesse Sosebee (6-6, 300, Garden Grove, Calif.) and John Turner (6-4, 275, Los Angeles).
Again, this is a reflection of how things stand this spring. It’s probably not perfect, but it’s at least a general outlook of how positions have shaped up over 13 practices. Please let me know if anything (or anyone) seems out of place.
I’ll post a defensive depth chart on Friday.