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With fall camp here and Washington football back in full swing, Dawgman.com has unveiled something we've been working on the last couple of months. It's the Dawgman 105, a comprehensive list of who we have picked as the greatest Washington football players and coaches of all time.

This list was initially compiled by Dawgman.com Editor-In-Chief Chris Fetters and Andy Poehlman, a longtime contributor to Dawgman.com and Sports Washington magazine. Dave Samek, the Dawgman, broke all ties and put the complete list together. Then it was sent to Dave Torrell, the Curator of the Husky Hall of Fame, for some final tweaking. And what you see today is the penultimate segment of our final list.
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20. Corey Dillon - When Washington fans think of one-year wonders, the list nearly begins and ends with Corey Dillon - but for the longest time it didn't look like he'd ever make it to Montlake. The former Franklin High star didn't start out a football God; in fact he first got noticed for his work on the diamond. Dillon was drafted in 1993 to play baseball for San Diego, but by that point the football jones had found him. He didn't make it academically and quit six weeks into attending a community college in the Seattle area. His dreams were over, as Dillon did nothing for a year. He got a job as a janitor but hated that too. Pushed by his mother Jerline, Dillon got going again and enrolled at Garden City Community College in Kansas. That move didn't stick, so Dillon moved to Dixie State in Utah. Dillon's ethic on and off the field finally took hold and he handled his business. He ran for 1900 yards and 20 touchdowns, suddenly catapulting him into prime recruiting territory. Having maintained ties with UW Recruiting Coordinator Dick Baird, Dillon came home to play for the Huskies for the 1996 season. It would be Dillon's only year playing for the purple and gold, but he made it a memorable one. Click HERE to see a video tribute to Dillon's work that season. It wasn't handed to him; incumbent Rashaan Shehee went down with an injury a month into the season, pushing Dillon into a starting role he would never relinquish. Dillon's 1695 yards is still the highest single-season total all time at Washington, and Dillon holds some NCAA records too. His 222 first quarter yards against San Jose State is the most all time, as is the 305 all-purpose yards he had in that quarter. His game versus the Spartans was indeed, one for the history books. Drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft, Dillon ended up playing 10 seasons with the Bengals and New England Patriots, amassing 11, 241 yards and 82 touchdowns in his pro career. On top of that he helped the Patriots win Super Bowl XXXIX and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

19. Dave Hoffmann - Simply known as 'The Hammer', it's hard not to look at Dave Hoffmann and not think of him as one of the greatest linebackers in Husky history, especially when the last three years of his UW career happened to be the years where the Huskies played in three-straight Rose Bowls. Coming from Pioneer High School in San Jose, Calif., the Washington coaches had a glimpse of the tackling machine the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Hoffmann would become as he had 209 tackles his senior season. After redshirting at UW in 1988, Hoffmann was behind another Husky great - Chico Fraley - but when Fraley went down at California with broken ribs, it was up to The Hammer to step in and he did just that. Even though he had only five starts Hoffmann finished the year with 51 tackles, sixth-best on the team. In 1990 he led the team in tackles, besting Fraley by 14, and earned not only All-Conference mention but the Earle Glant 'Tough Husky' award. His reputation as a dream-wrecker was clearly taking shape by then, as he started every game as a sophomore, including the 1991 Rose Bowl. Hoffman simply built on that rep in 1991, anchoring a devastating linebacking corps that also had Fraley, Donald Jones and Jaime Fields - by far the most heralded and historically significant linebacker group ever at Washington. In helping lead the Huskies to an undefeated season and National Championship, Hoffmann once again led Washington in tackles and became the first UW All-American LB in 10 years (Tony Caldwell and Mark Stewart). Drafted in 1993 by Chicago, Hoffmann briefly tried pro ball but the years of pounding and wrapping up ball-carriers had taken its toll, so he turned to the Secret Service - where he's had opportunities with details charged with protecting George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, Al Gore and other dignitaries. Hoffmann has been named as part of the 2012 Husky Hall of Fame class, one that will be honored later this year.

18. Bob Schloredt - Born a gunslinger from a town called Deadwood, how could you not expect anything but legendary status for Bob Schloredt? The amazing thing is that he did it all with one good eye. Schloredt was considered legally blind due to a fireworks mishap when he was only five years old. That didn't stop him from being recruited by Jim Owens as a key cog in Owens' 1959 'Purple Gang' that went on to lofty heights. While the Huskies went on to convincing Rose Bowl wins over both Minnesota and Wisconsin in 1960 and 1961, Schloredt became the first player ever and the only Husky to have been named Two-time Rose Bowl MVP, and on top of that was the first Husky to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. He is in an elite group that can claim that honor, the others being USC running back Charles White, Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne, and Texas quarterback Vince Young. In many ways Schloredt was that era's Marques Tuiasosopo; a quarterback that could really run the ball, got the job done through the air - but most importantly he won. Even though he missed five games as a senior because of a broken collarbone, Schloredt was 15-2 in his career as a starter. Professional teams told him he couldn't be a drop-back passer, so that's why despite his massive success in college his future at the next level was limited. After a couple seasons in the CFL with the British Columbia Lions, he called it good. Owens' respect for Schloredt was so immense he asked Schloredt to come back and coach at Washington, where he did so for 11 years. Schloredt was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979 and named part of the 1981 Husky Hall of Fame class. The 1959 team is one of only two teams ever to be inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame, the other being the 1991 class.

17. Chuck Nelson - The greatest kicker the Huskies have ever produced, Chuck Nelson's career is one that, like many on this list, will be primarily known for having one monster season. For Nelson, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound former walk-on from Everett, 1982 was that season - a dream season that unfortunately finished with one of the true nightmare scenarios ever seen at Washington. After making an all time record 25-straight field goals going into the 1982 Apple Cup, Nelson had a 33-yard boot to give the Huskies a narrow lead with only four minutes left in the game. If the Huskies won the game they were assured a chance to take on Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Installed as 24 point favorites it was all considered a formality, but Nelson's one miss of the season happened right at that moment and Washington State prevailed 24-20. The Cougar fans tore off the goalposts that day, chucked them in the Palouse River, and Cougfan.com called the '82 Apple Cup the greatest AC of All-Time from the WSU perspective. That one blemish will undoubtedly diminish what was a record-breaking effort that year, as Nelson's 25-straight kicks and consecutive streak of 30 made field goals going back to the 1981 season still stand as NCAA All Time bests. Nelson is the only UW placekicker to be named All-Conference and All-Coast for more than one season and is the only Husky kicker besides Jeff Jaeger to be a consensus All-American. His career percentage of .819 in field goals made still stands as the top mark in Pac-10 history. A two-time Academic All-American and 1983 recipient of an NCAA Post-Graduate scholarship, Nelson used his intellect and wit to man the UW broadcast booth with the 'Voice of the Huskies' - Bob Rondeau - for 17 years ending with Steve Sarkisian's first season in 2009. Nelson was named part of the 1998 Husky Hall of Fame class.

16. Don Heinrich - Heinrich not only had one of the great UW careers for a quarterback, but he was one of the great college quarterbacks of all time. Along with teammate Dick Sprague, the Chicago-born Heinrich - who played his high school ball in Bremerton - was the first sophomore ever at Washington to be named an All-American in 1950. Heinrich threw for 374 yards in a 33-7 win over Kansas State to start the 1950 season, a mark not to be outdone until Sonny Sixkiller showed up on campus two decades later. In a play that would be somewhat recreated by the Huskies in 1994 against Oregon, Washington had a chance to draw level with Cal in a hotly contested game at Husky Stadium. With the ball at Cal's 2-yard line, Heinrich went back to pass. But the Bears got to Heinrich, jarred the ball loose and a Cal player pounced on it, returning it all the way to the UW 15. The Huskies lost that day 14-7, but it didn't stop Heinrich from being named the best quarterback in the country that year. Unfortunately for Heinrich, he had to sit out the 1951 season due to a shoulder separation, but went on to again be the best quarterback in the country the following season. Despite playing 60 years ago, Heinrich still remains in the top-10 of every top UW statistical categories for quarterbacks. Drafted by the New York Giants in 1953, Heinrich played eight seasons in the NFL and one in the AFL before hanging up his cleats, eventually coaching professionally for 15 seasons. Heinrich, who passed away in 1992 after a rough battle with pancreatic cancer, never got out of football - working in broadcasting covering Washington games and also the fledgling Seattle Seahawks at the time. In fact he was part of the Seahawks' initial broadcast crew with legendary voices Pete Gross and Wayne 'Mound of Sound' Cody. He even had his own magazine that previewed college and pro football. Heinrich was named as part of the 1981 Husky Hall of Fame class and was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 1987.

15. Vic Markov - Another Chicagoland recruit courtesy of Alfred 'Doc' Strauss, Markov was probably the first Washington do-it-all big athlete, considered the top tackle on the west coast in his day. Playing for Jim Phelan from 1935-37, Markov also qualified for the NCAA westling heavyweight finals and also competed for the legendary Clarence 'Hec' Edmundson in track and field - eventually earning nine varsity letters at UW. But football is where he excelled, and he helped the Huskies play in back-to-back bowls in 1937 (Rose Bowl) and 1938 (Pineapple Bowl). When Washington set out to name their team of the century, Markov was a unanimous selection. More impressively, Markov joined the Army effort for World War II after one year in professional football, eventually earning the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and five battle stars as a company commander under General George Patton and his famous Third Army. As good as he was on the gridiron, Markov was equally as impressive leading his troops during the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes, as well as the infamous D-Day invasion at Normandy in France. Named part of the 1976 College Hall of Fame class and the 1980 Husky Hall of Fame class. Even though Jim Owens never coached Markov, he had a ton of respect for the former Husky - who promoted Washington athletics with a passion until his passing in 1998. "He was such a well-known presence in Husky football, and a fine supporter," said Owens. "He worked hard to support the whole program of the university and not just football."

14. Napoleon Kaufman - Like teammate Tommie Smith, Kaufman - the mighty mite from Lompoc, Calif. that everyone will simply remember as 'Nip' - was a massive recruiting win for Don James back in 1991. Considered one of the best prep running backs to ever come out of southern California, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Kaufman ran for over 5100 yards and 86 touchdowns for Lompoc, helping them to a CIF championship in 1990. As a high school All-American, Kaufman could have gone anywhere, but he chose the University of Washington over USC, Colorado and Arizona. Known for his electrifying moves and burst of speed, Kaufman had legitimate 10.5 100 meters speed and will always be known as one of the top running backs ever in the Pac-10 Conference, amassing 4106 career yards at Washington - still the all time mark. Only Chris Polk has even come close, but after him there's nearly 1000 yards between Nip and the next nearest Husky (Joe Steele). He's the only Washington running back to have three seasons still in the top-12 all time for top rushing years at UW. In his memorable 1994 season, statistically his best while at Montlake, he ran for 200 or more yards three times, highlighted by his 254 yards in a rout of San Jose State. In that game he also produced the longest run in the modern era of UW football, a 91-yard touchdown gallop that can be seen as the first play of this highlight reel put together by the current UW staff as a tribute. A three time All-Conference pick, Kaufman finally earned All-America mention as a senior despite a painful turf toe that limited his capabilities the second half of the season. The Oakland Raiders used their first round pick to acquire Kaufman and he played six seasons for the famed Silver and Black. During his NFL career, Kaufman ran for 4792 yards and scored 12 times, leading the league in yards per carry in 1996. Named part of the 2004 Husky Hall of Fame class, Kaufman retired from football to pursue a career in the ministry.

13. Chuck Carroll - Pop Warner once said of Washington's Chuck Carroll, "These old eyes have never seen a greater football player." Endorsements are a dime a dozen, but praise like that doesn't come across all that often - and it was given after a loss, a 12-0 shutout by Warner's Stanford team as a senior. And Warner's student manager at the time was so impressed with Carroll that he would later call Carroll the captain of his All-America team. The manager - Herbert Hoover - would later become the 31st President of the United States. That should give you some perspective as to the power of Carroll's ability to impact a game. UW's second consensus All-American, Carroll - who prepped just down 23rd Avenue at Garfield High - was one of only three Huskies to ever have his number retired at the end of his career when he finished in 1928. His number 2 was taken out of mothballs in 2011 to be worn by current UW receiver Kasen Williams. In an era where you had to do it all, Carroll was one of the best at everything, running the ball with speed and shiftiness, as well as passing and punting. Such was Carroll's prowess scoring the ball on offense, his ability to create points in 1927 and 1928 still hold up as two of Washington's top-10 all time seasons for scoring. His 17 touchdowns in 1928 are still third all time for a single season and he's fifth all time in total touchdowns scored with 32 in his career, a mark made 84 years ago. On defense, he was one of Washington's first tackling machines from his linebacker position. At the end of the 1928 season, Carroll was presented with the Guy Flaherty Award. Carroll never played professionally, deciding on the law as his career of choice. He would eventually become a judge advocate during World War II and also a prosecuting attorney for King County. Carroll was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 1964 and was also part of the initial Husky Hall of Fame class in 1979 .

12. Lawyer Milloy - When thinking about a more influential safety in Washington's storied past, one probably gets more recognition than most - Lawyer Milloy. And the Tacoma native certainly knew how to lay down the law on the football field. The 6-foot, 210-pound Milloy is only one of two defensive backs at Washington to be named a consensus All-American (Al Worley was the other), and he commanded his position like few before him. In fact, Milloy's reputation as being a warrior on the gridiron reached legendary proportions when he ended the career of one UW receiver in practice. He never let up, not for one second. The prep All-American - who was also drafted by the Cleveland Indians out of high school for baseball - was considered the top in-state prospect in the 1992 recruiting class. Milloy matriculated to Montlake where he became a household name. He was one of the first players of the modern era to leave early, as Milloy was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He started for the Patriots as a rookie and continued to play in the NFL for 15 seasons - his last two coming home as part of the Seattle Seahawks. Milloy, who helped lead New England to a victory in Super Bowl XXXVI, was a three time All-Pro, four time member of the Pro Bowl. He one of four Patriots to be named to both their 1990's team and 2000's team (Willie McGinest, Ty Law and Adam Vinatieri were the others), ultimately playing in 234 games professionally - racking up 1431 tackles and 25 interceptions. Milloy was named part of the 2012 Husky Hall of Fame class, one that will be recognized later this year.

11. Jim Owens - Owens was one of the most influential coaches to ever grace the sidelines of Husky Stadium, as he was the one that ushered Washington football into what is now considered the modern era of the game. And he definitely did it his way, with a method derived from his playing days under legendary Oklahoma Head Coach Bud Wilkinson (Owens was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982 as a player) and from his coaching apprenticeship with the iconic Paul 'Bear' Bryant at Kentucky and Texas A&M. In fact, legend has it that an endorsement from Bryant was what helped Owens land the Washington job in 1957. And he had his job cut out for him because Washington football hadn't been to a bowl since since January 1944 and was wallowing in mediocrity. Much like his predecessor Don James, Owens broke through in his third season with the Huskies - the famed 1959 'Purple Gang' that went on to defeat Wisconsin in the 1960 Rose Bowl. Next year's UW team duplicated the feat, defeating Minnesota for their second consecutive Rose Bowl triumph, signaling a resurgence of big-time football on the west coast. Owens would only see the Rose Bowl one more time, in 1964. The Huskies lost 17-7 to Illinois that day. In his 18 seasons as UW's head coach, his 99 wins still ranks second all-time behind James' 153. Owens earned a reputation as being a real hard-nosed, tough-minded coach who made sure his teams were better conditioned than anyone else. If they weren't more talented, they were going to beat teams in the fourth quarter with their stamina and heart. Owens patterned his practices after what he learned from Bryant at Texas A&M, practices that came to be known as 'death marches' penned by the media on hand. After the success of the 1959 and 1960 teams, Owens went on to also be Washington's Athletic Director through 1969. It was in the late 60's where a controversy brewed on the team over its treatment of the African-American players. They cited racism, and spurred on by events like the boycott of the 1968 Olympic Games, ended up announcing via press conference that changes needed to be made, including the hiring of African-American coaches. This led to an investigation by the UW Board of Regents into the program and its alleged racial practices, and it eventually did lead to massive reform - including the hiring of African-American coaches and an African-American Athletic Director - and peace was restored. A statue commemorating Owens' career at Washington was erected on October 25th outside Husky Stadium despite protests from some in the African-American community. During his half-time speech, Owens reiterated his remorse at how events transpired and apologized for any hurt they may have felt. Owens was introduced as part of the initial Husky Hall of Fame class in 1979.

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