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June 6, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Breaking down UW’s roster and depth chart

Dwayne Washington had touchdown runs of 32 and 71 yards against Oregon State in November. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Dwayne Washington had touchdown runs of 32 and 71 yards against Oregon State last year. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Predicting the Huskies’ August depth chart and crunching the scholarship numbers:

x-denotes returning starter
*-denotes scholarship player

Quarterback
10: Cyler Miles, so., 6-4, 217*
3: Troy Williams, rs-fr., 6-2, 199*
5: Jeff Lindquist, so., 6-3, 240*
K.J. Carta-Samuels, fr., 6-2, 225*

Notes: There’s little doubt in my mind that Miles will eventually assume the starting role. Lindquist and Williams made progress while sharing snaps throughout the spring, but this will be Miles’ job to lose. No one has ruled out more discipline for Miles, who missed spring ball while serving a three-month suspension for his role in the post-Super Bowl altercation. In fact, I would be surprised if he doesn’t sit for the Hawaii game; even then, the Huskies should be fine for one game with Lindquist and/or Williams under center.

Running back
12: Dwayne Washington, so., 6-1, 220*
32: Deontae Cooper, sr., 6-0, 201*
22: Lavon Coleman, rs-fr., 6-0, 209*
24: Jesse Callier, sr., 5-10, 207*
35: Ralph Kinne, rs-fr., 5-10, 203
Jomon Dotson, fr., 5-11, 175*

Notes: It’s tempting to include Shaq Thompson here, because I do see him as a legitimate option with the ball in his hands, even if it’s only for a few carries here and there. For at least the first four games, though, expect a running back-by-committee approach. … Ryan McDaniel has retired after battling knee injuries, freeing up a much-needed scholarship.

Wide receiver
19: DiAndre Campbell, sr., 6-2, 199*
16: Marvin Hall, jr., 5-10, 182*
86: Taelon Parson, so., 6-1, 188
Brayden Lenius, fr., 6-5, 220*

Wide receiver
2: Kasen Williams-x, sr., 6-3, 221*
23: Kendyl Taylor, so., 5-10, 198*
81: David Garlington, 5-11, 181
Dante Pettis, fr.,6-1, 175*

Slot receiver
4: Jaydon Mickens-x, jr., 5-10, 170*
1: John Ross, so., 5-11, 173*
83: Neel Salukhe, rs-fr., 5-10, 149

Note: The self-proclaimed Legion of Zoom will benefit from the return of Williams, who the Huskies hope to have back at full strength by the opener after his broken leg last October. … The return of Campbell also gives UW a mature voice and a physical presence on the perimeter. … Ross will probably work his way into the starting lineup somewhere; he’s going to have a BIG year. … Taylor, impressive at the Husky Combine, could also be a factor if he can stay healthy. … Damore’ea Stringfellow’s transfer to Nebraska could mean that one of the incoming freshmen (Pettis or Lenius) is needed for depth this fall.

Tight end
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*
Drew Sample, fr., 6-5, 235*

Left tackle
72: Micah Hatchie-x, sr., 6-5, 301*
52: Jake Eldrenkamp, so., 6-5, 287*
79: Coleman Shelton, rs-fr., 6-5, 280*
Matt James, fr., 6-5, 270*

Left guard
76: Dexter Charles-x, jr., 6-5, 278*
65: Siosifa Tufunga, jr., 6-2, 305*
67: Michael Kneip, so., 6-4, 277
69: Cory Fuavai, so., 6-3, 322*
Jesse Sosebee, fr., 6-6, 300*

Center
78: Mike Criste-x, sr., 6-5, 3-6*
55: Dane Crane, rs.-fr., 6-3, 3-4, so.*

Right guard
64: Colin Tanigawa-x, sr., 6-3, 275*
70: James Atoe, sr., 6-7, 375*
60: Shane Brostek, jr., 6-4, 278*
63: Taylor Hindy, so., 6-4, 315*
John Turner, fr., 6-4, 275, Los Angeles*

Right tackle
59: Ben Riva-x, Sr., 6-6, 300*
62: Ross Dolbec, jr., 6-6, 310
73: Andrew Kirkland, rs-fr., 6-5, 306*
Devin Burleson, fr., 6-7, 260*

Notes: Presuming Hatchie and Charles come back strong from offseason surgeries, the Huskies should feel comfortable about the O-line, given that they’ll have all five returning starters. There was a lot of experimenting in spring (notably, Tanigawa at center), so we’ll see how that shakes out in fall camp. … I’d expect all four of the incoming freshmen to redshirt.

Total scholarships on offense: 41

DEFENSE

Travis Feeney (center) celebrates with teammates against Utah in 2012. (The Associated Press)

Travis Feeney (center) celebrates with teammates against Utah in 2012. (The Associated Press)

Defensive end/tackle
80: Evan Hudson-x, sr., 6-5, 277*
5: Joe Mathis, so., 6-4, 250*
90: Taniela Tupou, jr., 6-1, 277*
66: Damion Turpin, 6-3, 260*
Shane Bowman, fr., 6-4, 250*
Will Dissly, fr., 6-4, 250* 

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*
Greg Gaines, fr., 6-1, 305*

Defensive tackle/end
93: Andrew Hudson, 6-3, 251*
22: Josh Shirley, sr., 6-3, 232*
23: Marcus Farria, so., 6-4, 235*
95: Jarett Finau, jr., 6-2, 268*
57: Drew Schultz, sr., 6-1, 268
Kaleb McGary, fr.,6-7, 285*
Jaylen Johnson, fr., 6-3, 245*

Notes: Well, I think we can officially declare the Huskies are a 3-4 defense now, with 2013 starters Hau’oli Kikaha and Cory Littleton shifting from end to outside linebacker. With that said, I don’t think this defensive front will look drastically different from last year’s. Versatility is the key, and the Huskies have a lot that. … Kikaha, when asked last month, wasn’t sure exactly what his new role would be. I still think coaches would want him around the quarterback as much as possible, because that’s what he does best, but we could see him dropping into coverage a bit more. I also tend to think coaches will still want to get Kikaha and Littleton on the field together as much as possible, but they’re listed below together out of, well, convenience, really.

Outside linebacker
8: Hau’oli Kikaha-x, sr., 6-3, 250*
42: Cory Littleton-x, 6-3, 227*
28: Psalm Wooching, so., 6-3, 230*

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: Scott Lawyer, jr., 6-2, 227*
29: Connor O’Brien, rs-fr., 6-3, 235*
Drew Lewis, fr., 6-2, 200*

Cornerback
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
Sidney Jones, fr., 6-1, 170*
Brandon Lewis, fr., 5-11, 180*

Cornerback
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
Darren Gardenhire, fr., 6-0, 180*
Naijiel Hale, fr., 5-11, 180*

Free safety
9: Brandon Beaver, so., 6-0, 192*
20: Kevin King, so., 6-2, 178*
Budda Baker, fr., 5-10, 180*
Lavon Washington, fr., 5-11, 180*

Strong safety/rover
27: Trevor Walker, so., 5-11, 187*
39: Thomas Vincent, jr., 6-0, 200
Jojo McIntosh, fr., 6-1, 195*

Notes: The Huskies, in my opinion, would be fine with Beaver and King at free safety, but the much-hyped Baker figures to make a strong push for the job as a true freshman. That should be a fun competition. … Similarly, one of the touted young cornerbacks — maybe Hale? — could push for that second starting corner job.

Total scholarships on defense: 41

SPECIALISTS

Kicker
48: Cameron Van Winkle, so., 5-10, 173*
49: Mitch Johnson, so., 6-0, 199
Tristan Vizcaino, fr., 6-2, 195*

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

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

Total scholarships: 86

So, by my estimation, the Huskies are still one scholarship over the limit of 85 after the departures of Stringfellow and McDaniel. That will have to be sorted out before the season starts, and perhaps it already has.

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