UW Husky Football: Eight Huskies on the Athlon All-PAC-12 List

Budda-BakerThe University of Washington Huskies earned 8 preseason All-PAC-12 honors, awarded by Athlon Sports.

Huskies Sophomore Safety, Budda Baker earned 1st team; with Sophomore Defensive Tackle, Elijah Qualls (3rd team) and Senior Linebacker, Travis Feeney (4th team) besides him.

Offensively, Senior Guard, Dexter Charles (3rd team) and Running Back Dwayne Washington (4th team) collected honors, with Junior Kicker, Cameron Van Winkle, Senior Punter, Korey Durkee, and Sophomore Punt Returner, Dante Pettis rounding out the squad.

For Husky fans, this is a relief as the Huskies had 4 defensive starters from last year drafted in the first 2 rounds of the April NFL Draft. The Huskies also have lost standout WR John Ross to injury, and have an unsettled and wide open QB situation. To see this many players regarded this highly means the cupboard is not bare for Coach Chris Petersen.

Three of the players are Sophomores;  this is proff that Coach Petersen had a particularly effective recruiting class in 2014. The early returns for the 2015 recruiting class is expected to be even better; however, it could be a couple years before we see that come to fruition.

In an effort to get short-term help, UW recruited JUCO standout QB Tony Rodriguez to help push for a starting QB position.

Considering Coach Petersen’s stellar track record at Boise State, developing what was deemed lesser talent, the future for the Huskies should look bright in coming years.

2014 stats

  • Budda Baker — 80 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INTElijah Qualls — 13 tacklesTravis Feeny –62 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INT
  • Korey Durkee — 42 yard averagepunting
  • Cameron Van Winkle — 20 of 24 field goals made.
  • Dante Pettis — 259 yard receiving
  • Dwayne Washington — lead UW in rushing with 697 yards on 132 carries and 9 TD.
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