LB/DE Psalm Wooching - Both Hau'oli Kikaha and Travis Feeney moved over to start at BUCK linebacker for their senior seasons and both found great success. While Wooching already spent some time at the position this season behind Feeney, he’s in line to be the third consecutive BUCK to start there only in their senior season. Both Kikaha and Feeney led the Dawgs in sacks as seniors. Can Wooching continue that trend?
OL Shane Brostek - While the young Husky offensive line was trudging its ways through injuries and an identity crises, at least early on, Brostek suddenly disappeared from the starting right guard spot he held during fall camp. He was able to transition over to center and back up Sifa Tufunga towards the end of the year. This is his final chance to end up as a starter for the Dawgs, but he'll have a lot of competition, namely Coleman Shelton, at center heading into fall camp?
DL Benning Potoae - Potoae is the type of kid that has you wondering how a guy his size was in high school last year. He's both equally enormous and athletic. Right now he's projected to wind up at the BUCK, but he has the frame to grow into being a true defensive lineman. The defensive line loses only Taniela Tupou so it will be interesting to watch how he fits into things.
TE Darrell Daniels - With three seasons under his belt Daniels has just 30 receptions and two touchdowns to his name. With the departure of Josh Perkins, Daniels should get plenty of playing time to prove his worth. He’s got the size, strength and speed to be a real weapon in the Husky passing game and his blocking on the edge was a huge reason for the running game's success as the season went along.
LB Ben Burr-Kirven - Yes, Burr-Kirven has Keishawn Bierria and Azeem Victor ahead of him at the inside linebacker spots, but after posting 34 tackles as a true freshman season, while also being named the Special Teams Player of the Year at the team’s post-season banquet, it will be interesting to see what an offseason in the weight room will do for his game.
DL Jaylen Johnson - A vacated spot along the defensive line leaves room for a member of the rotation to step up and take on a larger role. Johnson might just be that guy. He finished this season with a sack and a couple tackles for a loss. We’ll see how much more he’s able to do after a whole offseason of preparation and increased playing time.
LB Tevis Bartlett - As one of the two true freshman linebackers to see the field this year, Bartlett has been listed behind Cory Littleton in the depth chart at SAM linebacker. While his playing time was limited, with only 11 total tackles, Bartlett is in line for a huge increase in playing time. He’ll have big shoes to fill.
WR Brayden Lenius - Lenius was able to haul in three touchdowns over the last five games of the regular season. His touchdown grabs were tied for the team lead. Performances in games against Arizona State and Oregon State beg the question, could Lenius become a big threat, especially in the red zone, using his huge catch radius? Only time will tell.
S Jojo McIntosh - McIntosh had a three game stretch during which he accumulated 20 tackles and an interception. His interception came against Arizona, a game where he really showed what he can do not only in coverage, but also as a guy who can lay the wood. With Brian Clay’s safety spot vacated we’ll see if McIntosh can play like that on a consistent basis next season.
WR John Ross III - Of all of the inconsistencies the Husky offense went through this season, the biggest of all may have come in the explosive play department. There is no doubt Washington missed one of their biggest playmakers, Ross, in 2015. As a sophomore he scored seven touchdowns and led the team in all-purpose yards. His return from injury adds explosiveness to an offense that is desperate for a big play threat that can take the top off of the defense.