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Former Huskies Kasen Williams, Jesse Callier, Mike Criste, Michael Hartvigson trying out; Kevin Smith on offseason roster

Yes, second-round draft choice Frank Clark is at rookie minicamp for the Seahawks, wearing number 55.

There's a mini Huskies reunion here this afternoon at Seahawks headquarters.

Seattle has five guys who played at the University of Washington at its rookie minicamp that began today and runs through Sunday. Four are on free-agent tryouts:

*Kasen Williams, the big, physical wide receiver whose UW career was derailed by sloppy route running and then a broken leg and displaced foot bones. Last week he had an agreement on an undrafted free-agent deal with Cincinnati, but then failed his physical. So now he's here, wearing number 82 this weekend.

*Jesse Callier. He would have had years as UW's lead running back, but he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the Huskies' 2012 opener and upon his return was a role runner. He's wearing number 35 in his Seahawks tryout.

*Mike Criste is being looked at as both a center and a guard, where the Seahawks need to find new starters before the 2015 opener in September. He is wearing number 62 this weekend.

*Michael Hartvigson is a big (6-5, 251 pounds) tight end used a lot for blocking under former UW coach Steve Sarkisian, before Chris Petersen arrived for last season. He has jersey number 83 for the Seahawks tryout.

Kevin Smith is also here, on the Seahawks' 90-man offseason roster and wearing number 17. It's a return after he spent time with the Seahawks before last season. Smith, who tore his ACL during practice for UW's Alamo Bowl in 2011, also spent a brief time with Arizona last offseason.

Seattle has three quarterbacks on this minicamp roster: ex-Texas Christian starter Casey Paschall, R.J. Archer from William and Mary and Tyler Sykora from Southern Arkansas. All spent some time in NFL camps last year.

The Seahawks do not have Keith Price back for a tryout as I thought they might after asking Pete Carroll about him at UW's Pro Day last month.

One notable omission from this rookie minicamp roster before today's first shorts-and-helmets practice begins: wide receiver Austin Hill. The team listed him last week as one of 12 players who'd agreed to terms as an undrafted free agent. He was a star at Arizona, a candidate for the Biletnikoff Award as college football's best wide receiver until he missed the 2013 season with a major knee injury. He could have gotten a better offer (more potential money) elsewhere, since he had yet to officially sign with Seattle, or perhaps he failed a physical.

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