The potential is raw, and it’s real. That’s apparent for anyone who’s tracked Travis Feeney on kickoff coverage or watched him chase down a running back.
“He can run, man,” Huskies defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski said. “We’re going to try and find as many ways as possible to keep him on the field, whether he’s in coverage or he’s trying to get after the quarterback. He’s a dynamic guy that can make some things happen. …
“He’s a guy that can run guys down and clean up some mistakes.”
Feeney, a long and athletic, 6-foot-4, 218-pound junior, has reclaimed a starting role at strong-side linebacker, according to this week’s UW depth chart. He had four tackles in UW’s 17-16 victory at Hawaii on Saturday while sharing time with redshirt freshman Keishawn Bierria, who made his UW debut as the starter at the SAM spot.
Bierra has drawn strong reviews from UW’s new coaching staff since the spring, and there’s little question he’ll continue to be a contributor on the UW defense, now and into the future.
“It’s been good competition,” Feeney said Tuesday. “We’re working hard and just battling it out.”
For Feeney, the ceiling is high. The goal is to get him to play at that high level consistently.
“Sometimes he’s not exactly where he’s supposed to be,” Kwiatkowi said, “but because of his athleticism he can make up for it. (If) he keeps working at it, that consistency part and being nails on his assignments, the guy’s going to be incredible.”
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