Chambers will leave Washington

In a bit of a surprise, one half of Washington's hail-mary that catalyzed a win over Arizona this past season, will transfer from the Husky program. Redshirt sophomore Craig Chambers told Saturday that conversations with both Eric Yarber and Tyrone Willingham did not sway his decision, one that had been percolating from the beginning of the season.

"Probably the first time was during the Air Force game, when I came in for only one play, said Chambers, who finished the season second on the team in both receptions and yardage but led the receiving corps in touchdowns with six. "But I kind of had thoughts throughout the season. I'd be doing well, and then I'd drop a pass and the coaches would say, 'Craig, that's the first pass you've dropped in a month,' and then I wouldn't play. I went to the bench. It was frustrating."

Once news of Chambers' possible transfer broke, he met with both receivers coach Yarber and Willingham. The coaches asked him to stay. "They told me it was my choice," said Chambers. "They give me the option to stay, but they also told me that I had to to what I needed to to. I asked Coach Willingham to release me, and he said that he would."

Chambers' decision will become effective as soon as he sets up an appointment to sign the transfer papers, which should happen sometime early next week. If Craig were to opt to drop down to D1-AA football, he would not have to sit out at all and would have two years to play two starting in 2006. Speculation has Montana as one of his top options, but he said Saturday that he has not picked out a school.

"They are a good school," he said of the Griz. (offensive tackles/tight ends coach) Pete Kaligis is there and I liked him when he was here. I respect him." Former UW assistant coach Bobby Hauck is Montana's current head coach.

For his career at Washington, Chambers caught 50 passes for 981 yards and eight touchdowns.

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