Spring Breakout Players: No. 4

Offenses in college football have moved away from using true fullbacks, but Washington is looking to find a replacement for Jonathan Amosa who graduated following the 2012 football season. Enter redshirt frosh Psalm Wooching who has been an animal in the weight room since he arrived last summer and now is poised to make a run at the starting spot and adding another weapon to the Husky offense...

Background: Wooching came to Washington via Kealakehe (Kailua Kona, Hi.) High School and had been committed to UCLA until shortly before Signing Day back in February of 2012. The Husky staff did everything right with him, from showing him how they would use him to recruiting the parents and then, ultimately, helping him to realize that Montlake was a much better fit than Westwood. In addition to UW and UCLA, Wooching also had offers from Colorado, Hawaii and UNLV. As a senior, Wooching finished with 812 yards and 15 touchdowns on 126 carries and helped lead his team to a 10-2 record and the Big Island Interscholastic Federation title.

Why Wooching?: Besides haveing one of the coolest names on the roster, Wooching showed up measuring in at 6'3" and weighing nearly 220 pounds (219 to be exact). The Husky coaches thought there was a chance he could play during the season, but resisted the urge to burn it late when they weren't getting a lot of production from the fullback spot and that could pay huge dividends as it's been rumored that Wooching has been an absolute animal in the weight room since he arrived, winning the "Construction Crew" weighlifting award at the team's postseason banquet. He's got soft hands, he can run the ball when asked and he's got the will and ability to be a devestating lead-blocker. He's the modern version of an old-school position and could change the way the Huskies use their fullbacks going forward.

The Competition: There isn't much as far as experience is concerned. Cooper Pelluer was moved from defense to offense, but he's struggled with a nagging shoulder injury since he arrived at Washington and no one is counting on him to contribute this spring. The other likely player that Wooching will have to hold off is Josh Perkins who enrolled at Washington back in 2011 as a wideout, but with his size and soft hands, the coaches wanted to figure out a way to get him on the field and he could wind up seeing time as an H-Back along with Wooching and Evan Hudson who saw plenty of time at fullback during the season as well.

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