Player Spotlight - Andrew Hudson

SEATTLE - Andrew Hudson lines up inside, and then bursts through to finish a touch sack on the quarterback, much to the delight of the Washington defensive coaching staff and his teammates. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound junior from Redlands East Valley went to the same high school as Chris Polk, and has now seen his former high school and college teammate make the jump to the NFL.

Hudson has a chance to make it to the show one day, and right now he's playing like a man possessed.

Hudson is one of the few players noted by UW Head Coach Steve Sarkisian during the first two days of Washington's Spring Football, and that's a testament to Hudson's ability and ethic - the team's best, according to former teammate Cort Dennison, who is also getting ready to experience life as a professional football player. Don't let Michael Strahan-esque, gap-toothed grin give it away; Hudson has come out to play.

The development of Hudson this spring is key for a number of reasons; first it helps fill the gap currently opened by the loss of Hauoli Jamora, who is still rehabbing an ACL torn at the end of September, and secondly it puts fear into the hearts of offensive lines, because before they might have only had to key on Josh Shirley as UW's main pass rusher. Shirley is the Pac-12 returning sack master, with 8.5 to his credit from 2011, but Hudson is on his trail. It's a competition, and both should benefit.

Quotable: "Sacks come in twos; so if he gets one, you can guarantee I'm going to get one too."

Competition: Shirley is Hudson's compadre right now; the two of them are playing like the bookends you'd imagine Justin Wilcox, Tosh Lupoi and Johnny Nansen would want coming out of spring. But don't forget about players like Talia Crichton, Connor Cree, and Jarett Finau. Those three are also having good spring starts - especially the senior Crichton - and they want to feature too. When Jamora comes back in the fall, it's going to be a real tug of war for those outside rush end spots. The one thing Hudson has in his favor is that he's just as comfortable shading inside as either an end in a 34 odd front or as a smaller, quicker down lineman in an even front - much like how Jamora was used a couple years ago and also how Daniel Te'o-Nesheim was used before that - as a gifted hybrid DL that can get the job done no matter what's asked of him.

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