Class of 2003 Status Report

Now that the 2003 season is nothing more than a memory, here's a quick look at how the true freshmen fared, whether or not they redshirted and what their prospects are going into the 2004 campaign.

DL Wilson Afoa

6-3 260 Honolulu, HI (Saint Louis) - Wilson redshirted in 2003 and is expected to play in the defensive interior starting in the spring of 2004. Afoa has a real nose for the ball and is another tough defender from the islands. How about a front four of Mateaki, Afoa, Alailefaleula and Hopi? Only in Bob Rondeau's nightmares.

OL Erik Berglund

6-8 280 Beaverton, OR (Beaverton) - Depending on whether or not the Huskies pick up a JC tackle (Chris Bowser), Berglund or Chad Macklin may need to be counted on to provide valuable time either in a starting or backup capacity. Berglund redshirted in 2003.

ILB Tahj Bomar

6-1 218 Kent, WA (Kentwood) - Appeared in 7 games for Washington, on special teams as well as mop-up duty at linebacker. Had 3 total tackles, including 2 solos. Had the very first tackle of the 2003 season for the Huskies, on the opening kickoff against Ohio State. Will agains be counted on to be a special teams force in 2004, as well as compete for the starting job at WIL linebacker with Scott White. With be a sophomore in 2004.

QB Carl Bonnell

6-2 200 Kent, WA (Kentwood) - After a tumultuous 2002, Carl finally got his wish and enrolled at UW as a true freshman in the fall of 2003. He impressed many with his passing abilities and has shown the athleticism needed to be a factor in who starts at quarterback in 2004. Redshirted in 2003.

CB Derrick Bradley

5-9 180 Mukilteo, WA (Kamiak) - Bradley had an old shoulder injury that needed to be repaired, so he redshirted 2003, having surgery and going through rehab. He will be 100 percent come spring and ready to go. Expect him to start out at corner.

PK Michael Braunstein

5-8 180 Gilbert, AZ (Gilbert) - Kicked the final extra point in Washington's 45-14 win over Idaho, which was his only 2003 appearance. Redshirted the rest of the year and will again compete for the placekicking job with senior-to-be Evan Knudson in 2004.

WR Craig Chambers

6-5 190 Mill Creek, WA (Jackson) - Chambers redshirted in 2003 and is expected to contribute in 2004. With his size and speed, Craig should be a player John Pettas and Keith Gilbertson can use as an instant mismatch, either out wide or in the slot.

WR Quintin Daniels

6-0 180 Los Angeles, CA (Loyola) - Played in 9 games in 2003, accounting for 4 catches for 35 yards, an 8.8 average. Had a long of 11 yards in his very first game as a Husky, against Ohio State in Columbus. Is Washington's true vertical threat, and will be counted on for his big-strike capability in 2004. Will be a sophomore in 2004.

P Sean Douglas

6-1 195 Bellevue, NE (Bellevue) - Started the season as the Huskies' number one kickoff specialist and never let go of the job, playing in all 12 games of his freshman year. He also had one punt against Arizona, for 43 yards. Also accounted for 3 assisted tackles. Will take over for Garth Erickson in 2004 as UW's number-one punter and will most likely also retain his kickoff responsibilities. Will be a sophomore in 2004.

CB Cody Ellis

6-0 170 Puyallup, WA (Puyallup) - Ellis redshirted in 2003 and will be playing corner with Derrick Bradley. Hopefully with a year under his belt in the weight room, Ellis has been able to add bulk to his frame without losing his 4.35 speed.

OL Juan Garcia

6-2 280 Yakima, WA (Eisenhower) - Juan finally became a full-fledged Husky this fall, but not without a roller-coaster ride that saw him at camp, and then not in camp and then in the doghouse after a run-in with the law in Yakima. Garcia is back at Montlake, as a partial-qualifier, which means he'll be a sophomore in 2004, with the opportunity to earn back a year of eligibility if he completes his degree in 4 years.

S Chris Hemphill

6-5 210 Gardena, CA (Junipero) - Chris was named the Scout team defensive player of the year this past fall. With his frame, he could certainly add weight and be an outside linebacker, or even as a lighter, quicker rush end in the mold of Washington State's D.D. Acholonu. Redshirted in 2003.

LB Rob Lewis

6-5 215 Van Nuys, CA (Montclair Prep) - Lewis, who originally verbally committed to USC before eventually signing with the Huskies, showed up on campus with a wrist injury he had been battling for three years. The Huskies decided on surgery, which he had and will be back to 100 percent in the spring. Expect Rob to compete at either the SAM position or at REB. Redshirted in 2003.

TE Jon Lyon

6-6 255 Mission Viejo, CA (Saddleback JC) - played a lot in his first year for the purple and gold, appearing in all 12 games and starting the final two games of the season. Had 17 catches for 231 yards, a 13.6 yards per catch average. His long catch was 34 yards, against Nevada. Will again be called on in 2004 to provide depth, along with Joe Toledo and Ben Bandel. Will be a senior in 2004.

OL Chad Macklin

6-8 265 Visalia, CA (Golden West) - As with Erik Berglund, Macklin may be forced into playing time a little earlier than expected, but expect both to be up to the task. Macklin had an expansive frame coming into this fall, and has hopefully filled out under the supervision of Pete Kaligis and Steve Emtman.

DE Mike Mapu

6-3 280 Mesa, AZ (Mesa CC) - Mapu, a JC standout at defensive end, was supposed to come in and immediately help solve some of the youth and inexperience issues on the edge, but came in woefully out of shape. Instead of waste a year of eligibility, Mapu redshirted in 2003, still giving him 2 full years to play starting next fall. He should be battling it out with Manase Hopoi for the 'HUSKY' defensive end spot, or may be asked to move inside to help bolster a middle suffering from the departures of Terry Johnson and Jerome Stevens. Will be a junior in 2004.

S Durrell Moss

6-0 190 Orange, CA (Orange) - Redshirted in 2003. Moss has always been one of those intriguing athletes, one that could play multiple positions. It will be interesting to see if he stays at safety, is moved to offense or even moved up to linebacker. It all depends on how big he is and where the Husky coaches feel he fits in best.

TB Louis Rankin

6-1 190 Stockton, CA (Lincoln) - Louis has been getting raves for his work with the offense this fall, earning Scout team offensive player of the year honors. He will certainly be in the mix this coming fall at running back, but Kenny James and Shelton Sampson will have something to say about whether or not he moves up into the top spot. Redshirted in 2003.

DT Jordan Reffett

6-5 275 Moses Lake, WA (Moses Lake) - Jordan redshirted in 2003, looking to get bigger and stronger for the 2004 campaign. He's a kid that has work ethic and desire in spades, so it will be fun to see how he does as a player in the two-deeps in the defensive interior. He will be counted on for minutes next fall.

WR Anthony Russo

6-0 190 Tacoma, WA (Lakes) - Keith Gilbertson gushed about Russo's prowess as a return specialist, so much so he thought for a brief moment about pulling his redshirt late in the 2003 season because of injuries, but decided against it. Anthony has always been a play-maker. Will he make some highlight reels as a redshirt-frosh in 2004? Expect him to be alongside Charles Frederick for the opening kickoff this coming fall if Gilbertson is correct about his abilities.

WR Sonny Shackelford

6-1 190 Beverly Hills, CA (Beverly Hills) - One of the true frosh receivers that played in all 12 games for the Huskies. Caught 7 passes for 92 yards, a 13.1 average. His long catch of 26 yards came against Nevada. Also had one punt return for 6 yards. Is part of a core-group of sophomores (along with Quintin Daniels and Corey Williams) that will really be counted on for stability in the receiving corps in 2004.

CB Clarence "Dre" Simpson

6-2 190 Sylmar, CA (Sylmar) - 'Dre' played in 8 games for Washington in 2003, appearing mostly in special teams and also in nickel situations. Worked his way into the two-deeps after injuries to Roc Alexander and Chris Massey. Had three solo stops for the Dawgs. Will again be a factor in 2004 as a sophomore, fighting for the other corner spot opposite senior-to-be Derrick Johnson.

WR Charles Smith

5-11 190 La Mesa, CA (Helix) - Was one of the 'Magnificent Seven' that came in hoping for serious playing time in 2003, but hurt his hand early on and never really was a factor after that. Is one of those athletes that could either stay at receiver or move to corner, depending on need and fit. Redshirted in 2003.

LB Kyle Trew

6-2 220 Edmonds, WA (Edmonds-Woodway) - Kyle Trew as a fullback? It's not out of the realm, as Kyle was a big-time RB for E-W back in high school and certainly has the feel for it. This will be one possible position switch to look for in the spring. Redshirted in 2003.

DE Casey Tyler

6-6 265 Edmonds, WA (Edmonds-Woodway) - As with Trew, it will be interesting to see where Tyler ends up. He started out as a tight end and then moved to DE, where he actually made big strides during fall camp. Depending on how big he got under Kaligis' and Emtman's guidance, he could play on either side of the ball. Redshirted in 2003.

S CJ Wallace

6-0 195 Sacramento, CA (Grant Union) - Played in 11 of 12 games in 2003 for the Dawgs, appearing mostly on special teams but also at safety for the final two games. Proved to be a clutch reserve in UW's 27-19 win over Washington State, filling in for the injured Owen Biddle. Finished the year with one assisted tackle. Will start 2004 in the two-deeps at safety as a sophomore and will compete for a starting job with Evan Benjamin.

WR Bobby Whithorne

6-1 180 Santa Margarita, CA (Santa Margarita) - The sky was the limit for Whithorne coming into camp and he looked like one of the receivers that was going to make the cut for playing time. After playing in the first couple of games in 2003, Bobby decided that a redshirt year was in order, so he did not play the rest of the season. Look for that early PT in 2003 to help Whithorne get an edge on the other true frosh wideouts that didn't play at all.

WR Corey Williams

6-3, 185 Las Vegas, NV (Las Vegas) - Played in 9 games as a true freshman, catching 5 passes for 57 yards, an 11.4 average. Made his catches count, as two went for scores, one against Arizona and another against Washington State. His long grab of 21 yards was the final completed pass of Cody Pickett's collegiate career and perhaps the play of the season for the Huskies. Was the only true freshman to score a touchdown for the Dawgs in 2003. Will be expected to build on his first year to provide sparks out wide for the Dawgs. Will be a sophomore in 2004. Top Stories