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April 18, 2014 at 9:36 AM

UW spring depth chart: Defense

Shaq Thompson enters his third year as UW's starting outside linebacker. (John Lok/The Seattle Times)

Shaq Thompson enters his third year as UW’s starting outside linebacker. (John Lok/The Seattle Times)

With the Huskies’ spring game on Saturday, here’s a look at how the depth chart has shaped up this spring on defense. 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 as accurately as possible.

Again, this isn’t necessarily intended to be a projection of what the roster might look like come Aug. 30. For now, it’s at least a decent gauge of what to watch out for on Saturday.

Note: Jersey numbers are listed before players’ names. The players’ class designations are for 2014.
x-Denotes returning starter (for majority of 2013)
*Denotes scholarship athlete

Defensive end
8: Hau’oli Kikaha-x, sr., 6-3, 250*
5: Joe Mathis, so., 6-4, 250*
23: Marcus Farria, so., 6-4, 235*
Injured: 95: Jarett Finau, jr., 6-2, 268*
57: Drew Schultz, sr., 6-1, 268

Defensive tackle
80: Evan Hudson-x, sr., 6-5, 277*
90: Taniela Tupou, jr., 6-1, 277*
66: Damion Turpin, 6-3, 260*

Nose tackle
55: Danny Shelton-x, sr., 6-1, 327*
11: Elijah Qualls, rs-fr., 6-2, 298*
91: Jaimie Bryant, fr., 6-4, 309

Rush end
Injured: 42: Cory Littleton-x, 6-3, 227*
93: Andrew Hudson, 6-3, 251*
22: Josh Shirley, sr., 6-3, 232*
28: Psalm Wooching, so., 6-3, 230*

Notes: Littleton, the 2013 starter at rush-end, has been participating some the past week (in a yellow, no-contact jersey) while rehabbing from an offseason injury. It’s unlikely he’ll do much Saturday, but he remains the favorite to reclaim his starting job come fall. … With Littleton out, Andrew Hudson, another “sudden senior” at the end of 2013, has worked almost exclusively with the first-string defense this spring. He seems to have earned his way back on the roster, but it’ll be interesting to see how the scholarship numbers work themselves out. …  Finau hasn’t participated in practice the past two weeks with what appears to be a minor leg injury, and Shirley was held out of Thursday night’s practice. … Position versatility is as important on the D-line as anywhere, and some guys have moved around a bit (Tupou, it seems to me, has played some nose tackle, and the ends and rush ends regularly overlap.) … It’s a fluid situation with the second- and third-string guys; most are sharing time with each group. … Wooching worked mostly with the No. 2 defense on Thursday, and he’s made great strides since shifting from fullback. … Farria had a strong start to spring, but then missed a couple practices (for academic reasons). He appears to have all the tools, and he’s shown some flashes of his potential, but the consistency remains to be seen.

Help on the way: The Huskies signed five defensive linemen in February: Shane Bowman (6-4, 250, Bellevue), Will Dissly (6-4, 250, Bozeman, Mont.), Greg Gaines (6-1, 305), Jaylen Johnson (6-3, 245, Corona, Calif.) and Kaleb McGary (6-7, 285, Fife).

Outside linebacker
41: Travis Feeney, jr., 6-4, 217*
25: Keishawn Bierria, rs-fr., 6-1, 216*
56: Devon Philllips, fr., 6-0, 219

Middle linebacker
10: John Timu-x, sr., 6-1, 244*
36: Azeem Victor, rs-fr., 6-3, 243*

Outside linebacker
7: Shaq Thompson-x, jr., 6-2, 225*
34: Sean Constantine, rs-fr., 6-2, 229*
47: Injured: Scott Lawyer, jr., 6-2, 227*
29: Injured: Connor O’Brien, rs-fr., 6-3, 235*

Notes: The Huskies have been extremely thin at linebacker at times this spring, giving the young guys plenty of reps to prove themselves. Bierria and Victor have done some good, some bad. Coaches are hoping for better come fall, because those guys will be playing some valuable snaps in reserve roles. … Timu, a team captain entering his third year as the starter in the middle, has been again entrenched with the No. 1 defense since returning from a two-week suspension to start the spring. … Thompson was limited at Thursday’s practice, and I don’t expect him to do much Saturday.

Help on the way: The Huskies signed one linebacker in February: Eastlake High’s Drew Lewis (6-2, 200).

21: Marcus Peters-x, jr., 6-0, 198*
26: Travell Dixon, sr., 6-1, 200*
40: Aaron Chapman, 5-11, 178
14: Hayden Schuh, so., 6-0, 194

6: Jermaine Kelly, rs-fr., 6-1, 188*
35: Brian Clay, jr., 6-1, 193
46: Nick Zelle, fr., 5-11, 180
37: Jonathan Kwon, sr., 5-10, 183

Free safety
9: Brandon Beaver, so., 6-0, 192*
Injured: 20: Kevin King, so., 6-2, 178*

Strong safety
27: Trevor Walker, so., 5-11, 187*
39: Thomas Vincent, jr., 6-0, 200

Notes: Kelly, Clay and Beaver have been excellent this spring. There’s a lot of young competition coming in this summer, but Kelly, in my mind, has put himself first in line to take over that second corner spot. … Clay has burst on the scene after transferring from Hawaii last September. He’s been steady at corner, filled in some at safety and even blocked a field-goal attempt on Thursday. He’ll be a factor in the fall. … King has been limited this spring after having shoulder surgery in December. Beaver, having a great spring, injured his shoulder last week and has been limited since.

Help on the way: In February, the Huskies signed three safeties and four cornerbacks. The safeties: Bellevue’s Budda Baker (5-10, 180), Jojo McIntosh (6-1, 195, Canyon Country, Calif.) and Lavon Washington (5-11, 180, Oakland, Calif.). Corners: Darren Gardenhire (6-0, 180, Long Beach, Calif.), Naijiel Hale (5-11, 180, Lakewood, Calif.), Sidney Jones (6-1, 170, Diamond Bar, Calif.) and Brandon Lewis (5-11, 180, Rancho Murieta, Calif.).

48: Cameron Van Winkle, so., 5-10, 173*
49: Mitch Johnson, so., 6-0, 199

45: Korey Durkee, jr., 6-4, 221*

77: Ryan Masel, jr., 6-0, 216*
51: Luke Hutchison, rs-fr., 6-1, 230
43: Peter Stromgren, fr., 5-9, 194

Notes: Van Winkle, coming off back surgery, has been steady in his return. On Thursday night, he made all of his field-goal attempts: from 30, 34, 33 and 37 yards. … Johnson, a Bellevue High product, transferred from UCLA to start the spring term. … Punting drills have been limited, but Durkee has been just fine when given opportunities. At Boise State, Chris Petersen said he did some unusual things in the punting game – rugby style, namely – and that will likely continue here.

Help on the way: Tristan Vizcaino (6-2, 195), a kicker and punter from Chino Hills, Calif., signed with UW in February.



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