Here’s an updated projection of what the Huskies’ depth chart could look like this week for the season opener at Hawaii on Saturday (7:30 p.m. PT, CBS Sports Network). Projections are based on what we saw in the first two weeks of fall camp and what coaches and players have said (or hinted at) in the past week. An official depth chart should be released in the next 24 hours or so.
Jeff Lindquist, so., 6-3, 246
Troy Williams, rs-fr., 6-1, 190
K.J. Carta-Samuels, fr., 6-2, 228
Replacing the graduated Keith Price wasn’t going to be easy, and that task looks like it will prove more difficult with sophomore Cyler Miles suspended for the opener. Lindquist, however, made up a lot of ground in the past two weeks, and his ability to move the offense — coupled with his improved accuracy and durable running style — won him the chance to make his first career start at Hawaii. Miles is eligible to return for Week 2 against Eastern Washington, but Lindquist will first have the chance to prove the job should be his full-time.
Dwayne Washington, so., 6-2, 219
Lavon Coleman, rs-fr., 5-11, 217
Deontae Cooper, sr., 5-11, 199
Jesse Callier, sr., 5-10, 206
The Huskies will go with a back-by-committee early in the season, though Washington and Coleman are expected to get the bulk of the work early on. Cooper, after three major knee injuries, remains the feel-good favorite. And, as the Pac-12 season approaches, watch out for linebacker Shaq Thompson as a part-time two-way player.
Micah Hatchie, sr., 6-5, 308
Jake Eldrenkamp, so., 6-5, 292
Coleman Shelton, rs-fr., 6-4, 281
Dexter Charles, jr., 6-5, 311
Siosifa Tufunga, jr., 6-3, 321
Colin Tanigawa, sr., 6-3, 292
Mike Criste, sr., 6-6, 316
Dane Crane, rs.-fr., 6-3, 301
James Atoe, sr., 6-7, 381
Shane Brostek, jr., 6-4, 283
Ben Riva, sr., 6-7, 313.
Ross Dolbec, jr., 6-5, 313.
With all five starting returning, the offensive line could wind up being the strength of the UW offense this season. The Huskies boast 124 career starts among the veteran linemen, the most of any team in the Pac-12 (and fifth-most in the country). Hatchie and Charles are both returning from winter shoulder surgeries, but they appear poised to resume their role along the left side of the line.
Kasen Williams, sr., 6-2, 217
DiAndre Campbell, sr., 6-2, 206
Brayden Lenius, fr., 6-5, 217
John Ross, so., 5-11, 179
Marvin Hall, jr., 5-10, 188
Dante Pettis, fr., 6-0, 177
Jaydon Mickens, jr., 5-11, 171
Kendyl Taylor, rs-so., 5-10, 202
Williams’ return to full strength would be a major boost for UW’s young quarterbacks (and to the UW offense overall). Williams is not quite 100 percent back from the gruesome leg injury he suffered against Cal last October, but he remains optimistic he’ll get to that point soon. Mickens, UW’s most spirited leader, expects to make another leap forward after a strong sophomore season, and Ross is a prime candidate for a breakout season as a receiver and kick-returner. At least one of the true freshmen, Lenius or Pettis, will likely see some action this season.
Joshua Perkins, jr., 6-4, 227
Darrell Daniels, so., 6-4, 235
Michael Hartvigson, sr., 6-6, 251
Perkins and Daniels, both converted receivers, are the best options in the passing game, and both figure to have a significant role in the offense. Hartvigson remains a valuable piece in the run game, and could be used regularly in two tight-end formations.
Hau’oli Kikaha, sr., 6-3, 246
Psalm Wooching, so., 6-4, 225
Evan Hudson, sr., 6-6, 273
Taniela Tupou, jr., 6-2, 282
Joe Mathis, so., 6-2, 250
Danny Shelton, sr., 6-2, 339
Elijah Qualls, rs-fr., 6-1, 311
Andrew Hudson, sr, 6-3, 246
Will Dissly, fr., 6-4, 273
Jarett Finau, jr., 6-3, 261
Kikaha, after recording 13 sacks as a defensive end last year, is shifting to the new staff’s “buck” outside linebacker position, which coaches hope will better showcase Kikaha’s versatility both behind the line of scrimmage and out in space. Shelton, up to 339 pounds to start fall camp, is poised for a big, big year in the middle, and both Hudsons (no relation) provide more versatile, veteran experience. After a strong spring, Tupou has continued to impress this month, and Dissly has drawn the most attention among the freshmen.
Travis Feeney, jr., 6-4, 218
Cory Littleton, jr., 6-3, 229
Keishawn Bierria, rs-fr., 6-1, 221
John Timu, sr., 6-1, 246
Azeem Victor, rs-fr., 6-3, 244.
Shaq Thompson, jr., 6-1, 228
Scott Lawyer, jr., 6-2, 225
Sean Constantine, rs-fr., 6-2, 224
Timu, with 220 career tackles, enters his fourth year as UW’s full-time starter at middle linebacker. Thompson enters his third year as a starter, and the projected first-round pick has high expectations in what could be his final season with the Huskies. Add in the uber-athletic Feeney and the versatile Littleton — a starter at defensive end last year — and the Huskies are as stout here as anyone in the Pac-12.
Marcus Peters, jr., 6-0, 190
Travell Dixon, sr., 6-1, 195
Jermaine Kelly, rs-fr., 6-1, 190
Naijiel Hale, fr., 5-10, 171
Brandon Beaver, so., 6-0, 192
Kevin King, so., 6-3, 183
Budda Baker, fr., 5-10, 173
Trevor Walker, so., 5-11, 186
After losing three starters to graduation from 2013, the Huskies signed seven defensive backs in February — and secondary coach Jimmy Lake said that four or five of those freshmen will likely play this season. Hale and Baker, the former Bellevue star, have impressed in fall camp — and one or both could end up starting against Hawaii, with Baker, a natural free safety, also getting some strong consideration at rover/strong safety. Fellow freshmen Sidney Jones, Jojo McIntosh and Darren Gardenhire also had productive camps. The versatile Brian Clay, a junior transfer from Hawaii, figures to also provided some needed depth.
Cameron Van Winkle, so., 5-10, 180
Tristan Vizcaino, fr., 6-2, 210
Mitch Johnson, so., 6-1, 197
Korey Durkee, jr., 6-4, 230
Vizcaino, fr., 6-2, 210
Ryan Masel, jr., 6-1, 199.
Luke Hutchison, rs-fr., 6-2, 221
Travis Coons was special in a do-it-all role for the Huskies. As Coons impressed this month in training camp with the Tennessee Titans, the Huskies staged a four-man competition to replace him as the kicker and punter. Durkee, the Gig Harbor product, showed off his powerful right leg in limited chances early in fall camp. Van Winkle and Vizcaino, meanwhile, pushed each other throughout the month for the starting job.