Dexter Charles Retires From UW Football

SEATTLE – Washington offensive lineman Dexter Charles has retired from football due to a lingering knee injury, head coach Chris Petersen announced today. Charles, who started 30 games over the last three seasons, mainly at left guard, was entering his fifth year at the UW. The Camano Island, Wash., product earned his bachelor's degree in anthropology last spring.

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"We're all very disappointed that Dexter's injury won't allow him to continue to play," Petersen said. "I'm grateful for his dedication and hard work and very pleased that he earned his degree. He's interested in the coaching profession, and I wish him nothing but the best."

Charles played his high school football at Stanwood High School, where Scout.com rated him a three-star prospect and 102nd-best tackle nationally for the 2011 recruiting class. He was Washington's first commitment for 2011, having pledged to the Huskies back in April, 2010.

This obviously changes how Washington will run their offensive line in 2015. Dane Crane and Jake Eldrenkamp have been getting reps at the left guard position, and Coleman Shelton and Andrew Kirkland reps at left tackle in case Eldrenkamp, the junior from Bellevue who has played the last two springs at tackle, moves inside.


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