Fall Camp Review - Offense

Fall camp is over, and Washington's season-opener is less than a week away. Now it's time to recap where the Huskies are on both sides of the ball as they implement their game plan for Eastern Washington. First up, the offense.

Quarterback:

Keith Price – Named the starter in spring, he did nothing to lose his starting gig during fall camp. He needs to make better decisions, but he's a good leader and seemed to start figuring things out a little better as camp moved along.

Nick Montana – Really improved a lot during camp. Showed a stronger arm than he had in spring and looked poised in the pocket. He will be a solid backup this fall and will definitely see some reps when the game is still undecided.

Derrick Brown – When he walks on the field it's hard not to say "wow". He's got a great frame and a live arm. As he started to figure out how to read defenses and learned the playbook more, you could see his confidence grow. Unless a rash of injuries hit, he's destined for a redshirt season.

Running Back:

Chris Polk – An injury limited him in camp, but it allowed younger players to get reps. He's strong and looked good when he was healthy. Sarkisian wants to hold him out as long as he can, but here's betting Polk finds a way to get on the field for the Eastern Washington game.

Jesse Callier – Quick and possesses breakaway speed. Ran between the tackles a lot during camp and that will be a new role for him this year. If Polk can't go vs. Eastern, Callier is the young man who will get a majority of the carries.

Johri Fogerson – Looked outstanding during camp and really came on as the month went along. Is the sure number three heading into the season and will be a valuable third-down back for the Huskies as the coaches have raved about his receiving skills.

Bishop Sankey – One of the best looking freshmen to come in this year. Has good vision and showed more speed than expected. He's also very tough and rarely went down with the first hit. Expect him to get a lot of carries this fall.

Dezden Petty – The biggest back in Washington's arsenal, Petty still runs a bit too upright and paid for it at times. He's tough and has a great burst for a big man. Most likely headed for a redshirt, but you never know.

Willis Wilson – The walk-on from Lakes has looked outstanding so far and could be a young man to watch this fall. He may not get much in the way of attempts during the first part of the season, but if injuries take their toll he could come in and not miss a beat.

Fullback:

Jonathan Amosa – Did nothing to take himself out of the starting fullback position. Good hands and football smarts. He's a very good lead-blocker for the running game.

Nick Holt – Started out at linebacker, but made the move quickly to fullback and looks like a natural. Has soft hands and is a great athlete. Needs to learn protection schemes and his assignments, which shouldn't be hard for him, and then he'll really take off. No redshirt.

Travon Brooks – Another walk-on who looks like a great pickup for the Dawgs. Looks like a great athlete, but was definitely thinking a bit too much which negated some of his skills. Could redshirt or play. It's a flip of a coin at this point.

Tight End:

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – The best looking freshman Washington has this year, although Kasen Williams made a case for that honor as well. Will be a huge asset for the Huskies this fall and is just getting better and better.

Michael Hartvigson – Not the athlete that Seferian-Jenkins is, but still a huge target for the Husky quarterbacks to find in the passing game. He's also a good blocker and will be a motion-man during the season.

Evan Hudson – The second-year walk-on is on his way to earning a scholarship with his play. Hudson will be a heavy contributor both on offense and on special teams. He's a very good blocker and is an underrated athlete. His soft hands were on display several times during camp.

Marlion Barnett – The coaches are still trying to figure out a position for Barnett. He's a good receiver and he's improving as a blocker, but weighing only 220 pounds isn't going to get it done on the end of the line against 260 pound defensive ends.

Wide Receiver:

Jermaine Kearse – Had a relatively quiet fall camp, deferring to the younger players for the highlight reel grabs. Kearse just worked on his conditioning and honed his skills, preparing for what many think could be an All-American type season. He's the joker as well as the unquestioned leader of the group.

Kasen Williams – From the moment he stepped on the field it was apparent how special he is to this program. Williams won't start the season with the first unit (unless they start in a three-receiver set), but he'll get plenty of reps early on and eventually should work his way into the starting lineup.

James Johnson – After an injury-plagued sophomore season, Johnson has bounced back nicely. He still struggles at times with catching the ball, but he gets open and when he has the ball in his hands he's a threat to take it the distance with his open-field running skills.

Kevin Smith – May have worked his way into the starting lineup. Smith is big, physical and possesses that extra gear that can get separation down the field. He's still learning the nuances of playing the game, but he's going to have a great sophomore season.

DiAndre Campbell – There may not be a more improved player from this time last year to right now. Campbell shows strong hands and outstanding athleticism. He's in the same mold of those bigger USC receivers and he will be a contributor this year, although it won't be until 2012 when he really can show what he can do.

Devin Aguilar – Known for good route-running and being able to read coverages, Aguilar really struggled to find his niche this month during camp. The senior will get plenty of reps, but entering the season it's hard to see him getting more reps than Williams or Smith.

Cody Bruns – Struggled to cope with the loss of his father so he wasn't the same happy-go-lucky Cody Bruns we got used to seeing on a regular basis. Had a quiet camp, but will contribute in several ways including as a holder and on punt returns and will also see time in the receiver rotation, although his reps will likely be limited.

William Chandler – The walk-on from Skyline is a lot like Bruns. He can do several things well and is someone to keep an eye on this fall.

Josh Perkins – You can see why the Huskies were so high on Perkins. He's got long arms, big hands and he's strong. He just needs to add some size and hone his route-running and then he'll be able to settle in as a number two or three receiver in the coming years. Definite redshirt.

Jamaal Jones – Another lanky athlete who needs a year or two in the weight room, but has the speed and skills to be good down the line. Definite redshirt.

Tackle:

Senio Kelemete – Said recently he's developed a lot more mental toughness now that he's gotten used to playing along the offensive line and it showed. He had a great camp and is poised for an All-Conference season.

Erik Kohler – Versatile enough to play four of the five offensive line positions, but will man the right tackle spot this fall. Really gets after it in the running game and has quick enough feet to handle outside pass rushers.

Ben Riva – Still a year away from being able to handle starting duties, but will see a lot of reps this fall. After another year in the weight room, Riva is going to be a beast.

Micah Hatchie – The heir apparent at left tackle, Hatchie still needs another year in the weight room to really be a factor. If Kelemete were to go down, Kohler would likely move over with Riva taking over the right tackle spot.

Dexter Charles – Physical and showed a nasty side during camp. Charles is a very good athlete and learns quickly. Will redshirt, but his future is very, very bright.

Guard:

Colin Porter – Many think he's the next Benji Olson and that isn't a bad comparison. Porter is big, physical and nasty. He excels in the running game and has improved as a pass-blocker. Could wind up being All-Conference by the end of the season.

Colin Tanigawa – The coaches love Tanigawa's nasty style and after initially starting off as the number two, worked his way into the starting lineup. He and Porter could be the best guard tandem Washington has had in a long time.

Skyler Fancher – UW's swing-man, Fancher will probably see most of his time inside this year, but he has enough smarts to play outside if he's needed there.

James Atoe – Has really changed his body and looks great. He's still learning and needs at least another year in the system before he can be a factor, but it should be fun to watch him develop this fall.

Nick Wood – The senior from southern California is a hard-worker and he's smart. Strictly a backup player, but could step in and do well in the right situation.

Siosifa Tufunga – A heady player who showed some good physicality in limited reps during fall camp. The coaches love his smarts and he could work his way into the rotation by the time he's a sophomore. Will redshirt this season.

Center:

Drew Schaefer – Smart and agile, Schaefer has gotten his weight up and with that happening, he's been able to handle one-on-one battles a little better during camp. It will be interesting to watch him this fall to see how far he's come in that regard.

Michael Criste – Very similar to Schaefer. He has a long frame and he's taller (6-5) than you typically see centers. He's still a year or two away from being a real factor in the rotation, but the coaches love his work ethic and smarts.


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