UW Releases Post-Spring Depth Chart

The University of Washington released a post-spring depth chart earlier today and, to few observers' surprise, Keith Price has been given the number one quarterback spot. However, even with this information being made public, don't expect the position battles to be settled until shortly before the start of the season in September...

For those interested, here is the post-spring depth chart from the official site.

A couple observations are that, while Price was the clear leader after the 15 practices ended last weekend, Nick Montana will still have a chance to battle for the starting spot before the start of fall camp and likely will be given every opportunity to prove that he should be the starter over Price.

As Dawgman.com mentioned in this article on Tuesday, Price was the clear leader when spring football concluded. He had a better command of the offense and seemed to make quicker decisions.

Price also adds a running dimension to the offense that will keep defenses honest and will keep them from totally focusing on RB Chris Polk.

"Based on his entire body of work this spring, Keith Price has earned the right to be our starting quarterback," head coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement released by UW. "Keith worked extremely hard this spring and has developed into a team leader. I am also pleased with the progress of Nick Montana, who will continue to push Keith and make us a better football team."

While the quarterback position will get most of the attention, here are some other things that stood out...

-- At wide receiver, Devin Aguilar, Jermaine Kearse and Kevin Smith are the top three wideouts, but James Johnson had a great spring and will push for playing time.

-- The starting offensive line appears to be set if Ben Riva gets back to health before the start of fall camp. It appears that the first unit will look like this -- LT Senio Kelemete, LG Erik Kohler, C Drew Schaefer, RG Colin Porter and Riva at right tackle.

Colin Tanigawa appears to be the first lineman off the bench and Kohler looks to be the swing-man along the line, able to play three or four positions depending on need.

-- Jonathan Amosa apparently has shown the coaches enough to have them list him as the starter at fullback. Zach Fogerson will get plenty of carries, but the coaches raved about Amosa's effort and hard-nosed mentality as well as his work-ethic.

-- Word is that Semisi Tokolahi is on pace to get back in time for the start of fall camp and the battle he will wage with Sione Potoae should be a good one. Whoever wins will start next to Alameda Ta'amu inside as well as Everrette Thompson and Hauoli Jamora at end.

-- People have been wondering why the Huskies are pursuing a player like Robert Atiga, who I reported on yesterday as having an offer from the Dawgs to play for them this fall, but when you look at the linebacker position, while Washington has a bunch of talented bodies, none have separated themselves from the rest of the pack and fall camp will be an open tryout for the two outside spots flanking Cort Dennison.

-- Josh Shirley, who had one of the best springs of any player, is listed as the starter at "Rush End" which has not been a position listed by Washington in the past. What that might mean is he will come in on passing downs, allowing Thompson to move inside. Shirley's ability to rush the quarterback and his improvement against the run are going to be a big key for the 2011 season.

-- At safety, the battle between Sean Parker, Taz Stevenson and Will Shamburger could be epic this August as all three have a lot of talent, but two -- Stevenson and Parker -- were unable to take part in contact this spring.

-- Lastly, a look at the returners shows the Huskies with two of their most dynamic kick returners in years with Smith and Callier both possessing the speed and vision to be game-breakers, allowing the offense to work with shorter fields.

The hope also has to be that Parker is better than Aguilar as a punt returner because, while Aguilar is sure-handed, he has done very little returning punts over the past two years.

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