Spring Breakout Players - No. 2

With the dearth of prospects at the safety spot, redshirt freshman DB Brandon Beaver made the move to safety during the bowl practices and this spring he'll get plenty of chances to show the coaches what he can do...

Background: As a prep at Dominguez (Compton, Ca.), Beaver had that long, lean frame schools were looking for at corner and as such, he had offers from most of the Pac 12 as well as schools from the Big 12 and SEC. Washington had always been in Beaver's top two or three schools but eventually it was the hiring of Keith Hayward in mid-January that really sealed the deal with him.

Why Beaver?: When he arrived at Washington, Beaver showed up measuring in at 6' and weighing in at 181 pounds. In fall camp, Beaver showed the ability to run with receivers and make plays when the ball is in the air. He had at least two pick sixes during preseason work, but the Huskies opted to redshirt him, hoping to add some size to his frame. With the amount of four and five-receiver sets that offenses, especially Pac 12 offenses, are throwing at defensive coordinators on a weekly basis, having someone with the ability to cover man-to-man as well as support the run is at a premium and Beaver has that ability. Beaver practiced at the position during bowl prep and the returns were good enough to have the coaches excited to see what he could do once spring practices got under way.

The Competition: At safety, the Huskies have one established player in Sean Parker and a player with some experience in Will Shamburger and a true freshman, Trevor Walker, who enrolled early to get a jump on things. Parker and Walker will likely battle it out at strong safety while Shamburger will need to hold off Beaver for reps at free safety. Once summer rolls around the Huskies will add Patrick Enewally to the mix and he too will be in line for some reps at free safety as well.

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