Jerramy Stevens leaves Washington

At a press conference this afternoon at 3:00 PM at the Don James Center, junior tight end Jerramy Stevens announced that he will forgo his senior season and turn professional. He will be eligible for the NFL draft this coming April.

"I'm going to be entering my name into the 2002 NFL draft. I will forgo my senior year," said Stevens.

"I definitely am leaving the UW feeling like I had a great career here. I plan on finishing my degree (American ethnic studies) this spring and will be graduating. I'd like to thank the UW for the opportunity that I've had."

Stevens was very limited this season after breaking his foot in the season opener against Michigan. In five games in 2001, Stevens had 19 receptions for 197 yards and one touchdown. His biggest game by far this season was in the Holiday Bowl against Texas where he had a career-high nine receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown.

At 6-7 260 pounds, Stevens will most likely be either the first or second tight end taken in the draft, along with Colorado's Dan Graham. Stevens displayed excellent hands and enough quickness and strength to get off the line of scrimmage and get open.

As a sophomore, Stevens burst onto the national scene when he set a school record for tight ends by making 48 receptions. He earned pre-season All-American mention before the 2001 season.

His career at Washington at times was overshadowed by off-the-field news involving Stevens. Most recently, he sat out the first half of the season opener against Michigan for his role in a single car automobile accident where he left the scene.

In the wake of Stevens' departure and the graduations of John Westra and Joe Collier, Washington could now look to redshirt freshman Joe Toledo to carry the brunt of the load. Toledo is 6-6 and 290 pounds and moves very well. He suffered a broken foot during fall camp, which put him on the shelf for this season.

Junior TE Kevin Ware from Spring, Texas, was suspended indefinitely from the team before the Holiday Bowl for his role in a skirmish with a campus police officer. That situation is not yet resolved.

Also on scholarship at tight end is Snohomish High School product Andy Heater, the son of cornerbacks coach Chuck Heater. The younger Heater is 6-4 255 pounds and redshirted in 2001. Top Stories