Offensive Newcomers to Watch: No. 1

We conclude our series on the top offensive newcomers today with a look at third-year sophomore OT Micah Hatchie who is the next in line to man the all-important left tackle spot that was vacated when Senio Kelemete graduated...

Scouting Report - Hatchie is athletic and has a very nice build. He's got long arms and great length and the coaches love the mentality he brings to the field.

Hatchie is naturally strong and the coaches love how he can anchor and hold up on the edge. Compared to most tackle prospects, especially young ones, the third-year sophomore is a very physical run-blocker and he uses his leverage well.

Overall, Hatchie is a player ideally suited to play the left tackle position and that is a big reason the Huskies and several other programs went after him so hard back when he was a prep.


The competition - Word has come down over the past week that the Huskies may end up trying senior center Drew Schaefer at left tackle during fall camp.

Hatchie manned the left tackle spot with the first team throughout spring camp, so it's unclear whether this is either a) a way to light a fire under Hatchie, b) a contingency plan should Hatchie get injured or c) truly a consideration for the Husky coaching staff as they try to find the best five linemen to put on the field every play.

Other than Schaefer, Hatchie's main competition for the starting spot at left tackle would be redshirt freshman Dexter Charles who was projected at tackle when he arrived at Washington. Charles moved inside to left guard during the spring, but with the revelation recently by Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian that Colin Tanigawa is good to go for the start of fall camp, Charles is now free to be a "swing man" for the Dawgs, able to play either guard or tackle and do it well.

Also in the mix will be Jake Eldrenkamp who arrives at Washington with the ability to play inside or outside as well.


Why this is the year he needs to step up- Other than the fact that the position is open and ready for the taking, allowing him to be a three-year starter if he stays healthy, Hatchie is also being counted on to play at a high level so that QB Keith Price stays upright and the Husky offense can continue to be the yard-producing unit it has been since Sark and the rest of the staff arrived.

Kelemete held down the starting left tackle spot the past two years for the Dawgs and played well, allowing Washington to do a lot of different things with their offense. However, if Hatchie isn't able to hold the edge like they hope, then that means that the tight end can't be used as much in the passing game as they were last year and that means one of your top weapons, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, isn't out there causing problems in the secondary. Instead, he's having to stay in and help in pass-protection which is not how the offense is designed.


Quoteable - "He's got so much innate strength, it's unbelievable. He can anchor; he has power. He just doesn't realize how much power he has. The one thing I like about Micah is that he doesn't get overexcited. He'll play through a bad snap and he'll get back to his fundamentals. He has tremendous concentration. He's not a freak show out there on an island, and that's not what I need. I need a guy that is going to protect the backside of Keith (Price), so Keith has the confidence he can drop back there and that tackle will give him enough time on the backside in order for him to get that ball off. His game has really come along, and when you've been put into a starting role, there's a whole new attitude toward the position; it's my position. It's his position to lose. That's where we're at right now." -- Offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto during spring ball on Hatchie's progress


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