UW Football 2015 positional outlook and battles

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UW Football 2015 positional battles

The 2014 season was met with mix success on the field; however, this upcoming draft we can expect an exodus of many of the Huskies to the NFL. Key amongst them are: linebacker Shaq Thompson, nose tackle Danny Shelton, and cornerback Marcus Peters. Starting position will be up for grabs and the next generation of players will replace these incumbents.

Key losses

Name Position
DiAndre Campbell Wide Receiver
Kasen Williams Wide Receiver
Mike Criste Center
Colin Tanigawa Guard
James Atoe Tackle
Micah Hatchie Tackle
Deontae Cooper Running Back
Jesse Callier Running Back
Danny Shelton Nose Tackle
Hau’oli Kikaha Defensive End
Evan Hudson Defensive End
Andrew Hudson Defensive End
John Timu Linebacker
Shaq Thompson Linebacker
Marcus Peters Cornerback

 

15 starters and key contributors from this last season’s team will move on leaving a vacuum that needs to be filled by next year. Who are some of these names that and what can we expect to see?

Currently, there are players who will slip by default into these positions.

Players to keep your eye on in 2015 include:

Name Position  
Dante Pettis Wide Receiver Freshman and leading punt returner on the team, Pettis, was pressed into service as a receiver catching 15 passes for 233 yards.
Dwyane Washington and Lavante Colman Running Back In 2014, Washington’s 675 and Coleman’s 589 rushing yards lead the team. It should be expected that they will continue to carry the load in 2015.
Jake EldrenkampSiosifa Tufunga

Ross Dolbec

Coleman Shelton

Offensive Line Current backup linemen with on field experience should compete for vacant positions.
Joe MathisTaniela Tupou

Elija Qualls

Jarrent Finau

Defensive Line Current backup linemen with on field experience should compete for vacant positions.
Scott LawyerBierria Keishawn

Cory Littleton

Azeem Victor

Linebacker Lawyer and Bierra have the most experience both playing in spot duty through much of the season.
John RossKevin King Cornerback Although John Ross is a starter at WR,   there has been experiments in 2014 to have the fastest of the Huskies play both ways in 2015

 

Players redshirted in 2014 to keep an eye on:

Name Position  
Kyle Carta-Samuels Quarterback With the down season by starting Qb Cyler Miles, and with the lack of progression by Jeff Lindquist and Troy Wiliams, expect Carta-Samuels to compete this spring for the starting position.   The freshman 4-star recruit out of San Jose is expected to make waves as the future of the Chris Peterson era.
Bishard Baker Defensive Back With the dearth of the quality defensive players, expect Chris Peterson’s top in-state recruit in 2014 to push for major playing time.
Vita VeaGreg Gaines

Jaylen Johnson

Defensive line 3 highly recruited freshmen, redshirted last year, will find ample opportunity to push for playing time in 2015

 

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