Fall camp begins for the Huskies on Aug. 4, and as we countdown to the start of Chris Petersen’s first season at Washington, we’ll preview each position on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the three weeks leading up to the start of camp.
TODAY: Tight ends
WHO’S GONE: The most productive tight end in UW history, Austin Seferian-Jenkins became the first Husky to the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end. ASJ left school early with virtually every school record for the position, and was a second-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
— Joshua Perkins, jr., 6-4, 228; 2013 stats: 5 catches, 57 yards, 3 TDs. Perkins, a converted receiver, is probably UW’s most athletic and most sure-handed tight end, and he’s the favorite to start at Hawaii.
— Michel Hartvigson, sr., 6-6, 255; 2013 stats: Played in all 13 games, starting the season opener against Boise State. Didn’t record a catch in 2013. Hartvigson’s strength remains as a blocker, and he’s a mature veteran who should again be a solid part of run-blocking packages.
— Darrell Daniels, so., 6-4, 241; 2013 stats: Played primarly on special teams as a true freshman, appearing in 11 games. Daniels switched from receiver to tight end midway though last season and said in spring ball that he is still learning some of the nuances of the new position. With his size and speed, he projects as the future starter, and perhaps sooner rather than later.
— Derrick Brown, jr., 6-3, 255; 2013 stats: Made one appearance in 2013, vs. Idaho State. It’s been quite a journey for Brown, who came to UW as a quarterback, then switched to H-back last year and is now listed as a tight end.
— David Ajamu, rs-fr., 6-5, 245; Redshirted in 2013. Ajamu showed flashes of his athleticism and strong hands in spring ball. Considers the depth above him, he’s unlikely to see more than sporadic playing time in 2014.
— Drew Sample, 6-5, 235, Bellevue (Newport High). Highlight video.
OUTLOOK: Despite the loss of ASJ, the Huskies are in fine shape here, in large part because of their exceptional depth. It may be that no one guy emerges as a true star at the position this year, though there is some potential for that, if down the road. Like the running backs, this could become a job-by-comittee. It’ll be interesting, too, to see how Chris Petersen and Jonathan Smith utilize the tight ends; Boise State’s top tight end last season had just five catches.