In no particular order, here are five offensive players to watch for the Huskies in 2015.
RB Dwayne Washington (Junior, 6-foot-2, 219 pounds)
2014 recap: 132 carries, 697 yards, 5.3 yards per carry, 9 touchdowns, long rush of 68 yards
Why watch?: Washington flashed enough promise as a true freshman -- despite a couple fumbles against Illinois -- that many believed he would immediately seize the Huskies' top tailback spot and never let go. Eventually, he did, though he was slowed in 2014 by a chest injury and didn't emerge as UW's No. 1 back until the final quarter of the season. He made up for lost time as best he could, rushing for 100 yards or more in the Huskies' final three regular season games (he was quiet in the Cactus Bowl), including touchdown runs of 51 and 60 yards against Washington State. As a junior in 2015, Washington should be the favorite to start at tailback from Day 1, though Lavon Coleman and Deontae Cooper should provide spirited competition during spring and fall camp.
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WR Dante Pettis (Sophomore, 6-foot, 177 pounds)
2014 recap: 17 receptions, 259 yards, 15.2 yards per catch, 1 touchdown, long reception of 48 yards; 28 punt returns, 288 yards, 10.3 average, one touchdown
Why watch?: In addition to locking up UW's punt-return job -- likely for the foreseeable future -- Pettis stood out as one of the Huskies' more viable options in the downfield passing game (such as it was). He showed good hands, smart body positioning and solid technique for a true freshman adapting to his first college offense, and eventually worked his way into the starting lineup. With some quality experience behind him -- "banked reps," as Chris Petersen might say -- there's no reason to think Pettis can't be one of UW's most productive receivers as a sophomore in 2015. And he's off to a pretty good start as a punt returner, too.
TE Joshua Perkins (Fifth-year senior, 6-foot-4, 227 pounds)
2014 recap: 25 receptions, 315 yards, 12.6 yards per catch, 3 touchdowns, long reception of 36 yards
Why watch? : Quick, who was UW's second-leading receiver -- in both yards and receptions -- in 2014? If you guessed Joshua Perkins, it's probably because you're reading a paragraph about Joshua Perkins and made the reasonable assumption that we're referencing him here. Anyway, it's true. Jaydon Mickens was the only UW player with more catches and receiving yards than Perkins in 2014, which speaks some to UW's offensive stagnancy, but also shows that Perkins could be a pretty integral part of the Huskies' offense once it gets off the ground. He'll be a fifth-year senior in 2015, and Petersen has said before that he thinks a quality tight end can be a "tremendous weapon" in the passing game. That comment was made more in reference to a player like Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but Perkins has the size and pass-catching ability to think he could be valuable next season, too.
OL Jake Eldrenkamp (Fourth-year junior, 6-foot-5, 292 pounds)
2014 recap: Played in every game, primarily on special teams, but was listed as UW's backup left tackle throughout the season and saw some game time there, too.
Why watch?: The Huskies lose four of their five starting offensive linemen to graduation. Dexter Charles, who will be a fifth-year senior, is the only returning starter. So players like Eldrenkamp will be relied upon to step into starting roles. The Bellevue High product was the backup to Micah Hatchie at left tackle all season, and took snaps with the No. 1 offense during spring practices when Hatchie was still recovering from shoulder surgery. If he does step into the No. 1 left tackle position, he obviously becomes one of the most important players on the team. It will be interesting to see how that competition develops. Same with Coleman Shelton, who filled in at right tackle in place of the injured Ben Riva before James Atoe moved out there. Both of those players are gone, too.
QB Jeff Lindquist (Fourth-year junior, 6-foot-3, 246 pounds)
2014 recap: Completed 10-of-30 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown, with a long pass of 91 yards. Started the season opener at Hawaii. ... Played some on punt team. ... Also saw time in wildcat-like packages, and rushed 16 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
Why watch?: Everyone will already be watching Cyler Miles and Jake Browning, so I figured I'd focus on the forgotten man in what figures to be a four-way quarterback competition in the spring and fall. Lindquist doesn't seem to lack the physical tools necessary to play quarterback in the Pac-12 -- he's huge, he's strong, and as evidenced by some of his deep passes, he has a much stronger arm than Miles -- but in his one start at Hawaii, he lacked the quick decision-making ability that Petersen so desires, and he showed some accuracy issues, too. But who knows -- maybe with a full year under his belt, Lindquist can again make some noise alongside Miles throughout the next 35 or so practices. It's a longshot, sure. But even if Lindquist doesn't win the starting quarterback job in 2015, he's still likely to see the field in a different capacity, as he did in 2014.
Three more to watch: TE Darrell Daniels, WR Brayden Lenius, OL Jesse Sosebee
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