University of Washington

Washington Huskies two-deep football roster

2013 record: 9-4; third in the Pac-12 North (5-4). Returning 14 starters.

2014 Pac-12 media poll predicted finish: Third (Pac-12 North)

*Starters are in bold

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS

The skinny: Lindquist won the competition to start the opener, mostly because he displayed good decision-making, took care of the ball and improved his accuracy. His next pass attempt will be his first in a college game.

The backups: It should be interesting to see how much Williams gets to play against Hawaii – and how third-year sophomore Cyler Miles, suspended for the season opener, factors into the position battle after the first week.

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown Last school
5 Jeff Lindquist/QB 6-3 246 R-So. Mercer Island/Mercer Island
3 Troy Williams/QB 6-2 194 R-Fr. Carson, Calif./Narbonne

TAILBACKS

The skinny: It’s hard to watch Washington run and not believe he could be a pretty special player – if he can hold onto the football, which was a problem for him early in his freshman season. Coleman is a powerful back who provides a change of pace and should also get plenty of opportunities.

The backups: Coach Chris Petersen has said each of these four players are going to get their chances at some point. Callier is experienced and actually won the UW’s starting tailback job over Bishop Sankey as a junior before tearing his ACL and sitting out the season. Cooper, who has suffered three different ACL tears, showed signs of returning to form last season and could be an option as a complementary back.

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Last school
12 Dwayne Washington/TB 6-2 219 So. Lakewood, Calif./Gahr
22 Lavon Coleman/TB 5-11 217 R-Fr. Lompoc, Calif./Lompoc
24 Jesse Callier/TB 5-10 206 R-Sr. Downey, Calif./Warren
6 Deontae Cooper/TB 5-11 199 R-Sr. Perris, Calif./Citrus Hill

WIDE RECEIVERS

The skinny: Mickens was the Huskies’ leading pass-catcher last season with 65 receptions and 688 yards as a sophomore, and Petersen has praised him as much as any other player throughout training camp. Campbell is back for his final year after the previous staff announced him as a senior at the end of last season, and gives the starting group some size. Hall is another fast receiver who could be poised for a breakout year after a strong camp.

The backups: Williams could very well move into the starting lineup if he proves he’s recovered well enough from the leg injury that ended his 2013 season after eight games. Ross’ speed will likely be used at a few different positions, and he’s sure to see the field plenty. Lenius and Pettis should both play as freshmen. Taylor is the mystery man of the group, but showed flashes during camp.

No. Player/Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Last school
16 Marvin Hall/WR 5-10 188 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey
2 Kasen Williams/WR 6-3 217 Sr. Sammamish/Skyline
87 Dante Pettis/WR 6-0 177 Fr. San Clemente, Calif./Junipero Serra
4 Jaydon Mickens/WR 5-11 174 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey
1 John Ross/WR 5-11 179 So. Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Jordan
13 Kendyl Taylor/WR 5-10 202 R-So. Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton
19 DiAndre Campbell/WR 6-2 206 R-Sr. Oakland, Calif./Oakland Tech
1 John Ross/WR 5-11 179 So. Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Jordan
81 Brayden Lenius/WR 6-5 217 Fr. North Vancouve, B.C./Chaminade Prep

TIGHT ENDS

The skinny: Not a lot of pass-catching experience here, though of Perkins’ five career receptions, three were touchdowns. Hartvigson, likewise, has seen the field a bunch but has never caught more than two passes in a game.

The backups: Daniels might be a player to watch this season. The converted receiver made a handful of impressive plays during spring and camp practices, and is pretty athletic for a guy his size.

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Last school
82 Joshua Perkins/TE 6-4 227 R-Jr. Cerritos, Calif./Gahr
84 Michael Hartvigson/TE 6-6 251 R-Sr. Bothell/Bothell
15 Darrell Daniels/TE 6-4 235 So. Pittsburg, Calif./Freedom
85 David Ajamu/TE 6-4 242 R-Fr. Shelton/Shelton

OFFENSIVE LINE

The skinny: By far the Huskies’ most experienced group, with seven players who have starting experience, and fifth-year seniors across the board on the front line with the exception of Charles, who is a fourth-year player. Hatchie and Charles are both back and healthy after offseason shoulder surgeries, and Tanigawa won the competition over Criste to start at center. Atoe, listed at 381 pounds, is the most massive player on the roster.

The backups: Eldrenkamp and Tufunga both saw quite a bit of practice repetitions with the No. 1 offense during spring and early in camp. Criste will play some at center in the opener, offensive line coach Chris Strausser said, and his experience will be valuable as a backup.

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Last school
72 Micah Hatchie/LT 6-5 308 R-Sr. Haleiwa, Hawai’i/Waialua
52 Jake Eldrenkamp/LT 6-5 292 So. Medina/Bellevue
76 Dexter Charles/LG 6-5 311 R-Jr. Camano Island/Stanwood
65 Siosifa Tufunga/LG 6-3 321 R-Jr. Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Jordan
64 Colin Tanigawa/C 6-3 292 R-Sr. Pasadena, Calif./Loyola
78 Mike Criste/C 6-6 316 R-Sr. Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo
70 James Atoe/RG 6-7 381 R-Sr. The Dalles, Ore./The Dalles-Wahtonka
62 Ross Dolbec/RG 6-5 313 Jr. Orinda, Calif./Miramonte
59 Ben Riva/RT 6-7 313 R-Sr. Seattle/Odea
79 Coleman Shelton/RT 6-4 281 R-Fr. Pasadena, Calif./Loyola

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINE

The skinny: This looked to be a pretty deep group in spring, but defections and a dismissal have thinned it some. Still, Shelton and both Hudsons provide as much experience as you could ask for, and Shelton is considered one of the nation’s premier nose tackles.

The backups: There’s a pretty big drop-off here in terms of experience. Mathis did appear in 12 games as a freshman, and Tupou was constantly praised throughout camp for his effort and tenacity. Dissly had a strong camp, too.

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Last school
93 Andrew Hudson/DE 6-3 246 R-Sr. Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley
5 Joe Mathis/DE 6-2 250 So. Ontario, Calif./Upland
98 Will Dissly/DE 6-4 273 Fr. Bozeman, Mont./Bozeman
80 Evan Hudson/DT 6-6 273 R-Sr. Bothell/Bothell
90 Taniela Tupou/DT 6-2 282 R-Jr. Marysville, Wash./Archbishop Murphy
71 Danny Shelton/NT 6-2 339 Sr. Auburn/Auburn
99 Greg Gaines/NT 6-1 321 Fr. La Habra, Calif./La Habra
11 Elijah Qualls/NT 6-1 311 R-Fr. Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande

LINEBACKERS

The skinny: Kikaha is listed as a buck linebacker, which means he’ll have to help in pass coverage a little more – but is still one of the Pac-12’s best pass rushers after recording 13 sacks in 2013. Thompson is an NFL prospect and maybe the best athlete on the team, and Timu should again compete for the team lead in tackles after posting a third-best 77 last season. Feeney and Bierria split time with the No. 1 unit during camp.

The backups: Cory Littleton’s name is notably absent from UW’s first depth chart, but Petersen says he’s banged up and should still be a factor this season. Victor made several strong plays during scrimmages and seems to have potential to push for more playing time.

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Last school
8 Hau’oli Kikaha/BUCK 6-3 246 R-Sr. Laie, Hawai’i/Kahuku
95 Jarett Finau/BUCK 6-3 261 R-Jr. Kirkland/Juanita
28 Psalm Wooching/BUCK 6-5 225 R-So. Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i/Kealakehe
10 John Timu/MLB 6-1 246 Sr. Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Jordan
47 Scott Lawyer/LB 6-2 225 R-Jr. San Jose, Calif./Oak Grove
36 Azeem Victor/LB 6-3 244 R-Fr. Upland, Calif./Pomona
7 Shaq Thompson/OLB 6-1 228 Jr. Sacramento, Calif./Grant
34 Sean Constantine/OLB 6-2 224 R-Fr. Hunts Point/Bellevue
25 Keishawn Bierria/OLB 6-1 221 R-Fr. Carson, Calif./Narbonne
41 Travis Feeney/OLB 6-4 218 Jr. Richmond, Calif./Pinole Valley

SECONDARY

The skinny: Beaver locked down one safety spot early in spring and never let go, leading the team in interceptions during training camp. Baker, the gem of UW’s 2014 recruiting class, impressed coaches early and will start from day one. Peters is the unquestioned leader of the group after intercepting five passes as a sophomore and earning second-team all-conference honors. Kelly had a big spring and held off Hale for the starting job.

The backups: Hale and Jones are two of three freshmen defensive backs who are likely to play in the opener. King saw some action as a freshman, and Walker worked with the No. 1 defense at safety quite a bit throughout spring and fall camp. But none have enough experience to inspire a ton of confidence in the Huskies’ depth here.

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Last school
9 Brandon Beaver/S 6-0 192 R-So. Compton, Calif./Dominguez
27 Trevor Walker/S 5-11 186 So. Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview
32 Budda Baker/S 5-10 173 Fr. Bellevue/Bellevue
20 Kevin King /S 6-3 183 So. Oakland, Calif./Bishop O’Dowd
21 Marcus Peters/CB 6-0 190 R-Jr. Oakland, Calif./McClymonds
26 Sidney Jones/CB 6-0 171 Fr. Diamond Bar, Calif./West Covina
17 Travell Dixon/CB 6-1 195 Sr. Miami, Fla./Eastern Arizona College
6 Jermaine Kelly/CB 6-1 190 R-Fr. Los Angeles, Calif./Salesian
31 Naijiel Hale/CB 5-10 171 Fr. Lakewood, Calif./St. John Bosco

SPECIALISTS

The skinny: Van Winkle went through a back injury last season that was thought to be pretty serious, but he’s fully recovered and was pretty accurate on kicks 40 yards and in. Vizcaino will likely help Van Winkle handle kickoff duties, while Durkee took hold of the punting job. Ross’ 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Brigham Young last season has the Huskies hoping for more of the same this year, though Baker is sure to get his chances to show what he can do, too.

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Last school
48 Cameron Van Winkle/PK 5-10 180 So. Fall City/Mount Si
43 Tristan Vizcaino/PK 6-2 210 Fr. Chino Hills, Calif./Damien
45 Korey Durkee/P 6-4 230 Jr. Gig Harbor/Gig Harbor
43 Tristan Vizcaino/P 6-2 210 Fr. Chino Hills, Calif./Damien
1 John Ross/KR 5-11 179 So. Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Jordan
32 Budda Baker/KR 5-10 173 Fr. Bellevue/Bellevue
4 Jaydon Mickens/PR 5-11 174 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey
16 Marvin Hall/PR 5-10 188 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey
77 Ryan Masel/LS 6-1 199 Jr. Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista
80 Evan Hudson/LS 6-6 273 R-Sr. Bothell/Bothell
45 Korey Durkee/HLD 6-4 230 Jr. Gig Harbor/Gig Harbor
5 Jeff Lindquist/HLD 6-3 246 R-So. Mercer Island/Mercer Island
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