Post-Spring Top-40: 40-36

SEATTLE - There were a ton of great stories and great performances coming out of Spring Football for the Washington Huskies, and now it's time to take roll call. Who had the best spring? Who made the biggest jumps? Dawgman.com counts down the top-40 from Spring Football, five players at a time.

The first group is the players 36-40, a group that includes seniors, freshmen and players getting used to new positions.
40 - Drew Schultz - The sophomore walk-on from Olympia started to put in some serious work this spring as a deep-snapping specialist, and also put in some productive time as a backup defensive tackle. If the 6-foot-1, 260-pound Schultz can compete with incoming freshman Taylor Hindy, the Huskies will have two deep snappers they can rely on to take the place of Brendan Lopez, who graduated after transferring back to the area from the University of Michigan.


39 - Evan Zeger/Taz Stevenson - Zeger, a 6-foot-2, 221-pound redshirt freshman, and Stevenson, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior, were initially recruited as safeties, but immediately thrown into the mix at linebacker as part of Justin Wilcox's move to a 34 front. It's hard to say if the experiment to move these two into the box has been a success - fellow safety Nate Fellner was also moved to the SAM position and seemed to be much more comfortable from the outset - but there's time for these guys to grow into the position. Zeger has shown a propensity for the big hit, while Stevenson still struggles with knee concerns. But both are very athletic, can run from sideline-to-sideline, and are physical additions to a linebacking corps that definitely went through a transformation in April.


38 - Cody Bruns/Marvin Hall - It was great to see Bruns back for his fifth year, a year he should have always had but was put into jeopardy when he was played mid-way through his true freshman campaign. He battled through an ankle tweak during spring where he wasn't at 100 percent effectiveness, but he'll be a much bigger factor in the fall where special teams are involved. Hall, a true freshman, should be the other slot receiver Keith Price looks for this fall, and while he was inconsistent in the spring he did flash some real wheels in open space, as well as a penchant for making the tough play look easy. Depending on how things go in the fall, he could certainly redshirt and then take over from Bruns as Price's go-to player in the slot.


37 - Evan Hudson - The sophomore walk-on tight end from Bothell was expected to just be a role player and scout teamer this fall because of Austin Seferian-Jenkins and the emergence of Michael Hartvigson, but Hudson, who was on scholarship last year, is well on his way toward getting that ride renewed for 2012. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Hudson - who also started at UW as a baseball player but has since given up small ball to concentrate on football - has become a tremendous compliment to ASJ and Hartvigson, and don't be surprised to see some three tight end sets this fall.


36 - Erik Kohler - Kohler, with Senio Kelemete graduated, Colin Porter retired and Colin Tanigawa out rehabbing a knee injury, was supposed to be a key cog this spring with Drew Schaefer when it came to keeping the offensive line held together. But dealing with what was called 'general soreness', Kohler relinquished his right tackle duties to Ben Riva for Spring Football. Kohler, a junior from Oaks Christian, has shown an ability to be a quality guard, and that's where he did most of his work in April, competing with Dexter Charles on the left side and James Atoe at right guard. Moving inside, he also worked a lot on snapping, which may come in handy this fall - but right now Kohler is a bit of a man without a position at present, especially if Tanigawa comes back 100 percent and Atoe makes the right guard position his own.


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