Yoder could be walk-on option for Huskies

With Ronnie Fouch transferring and Taylor Bean deciding not to continue playing football, the Huskies are in the need of another arm and they may have found one in Canby (Or.) QB Josh Yoder. The talented passer went relatively unnoticed by four-year schools, so he's begun the process of applying for admittance at Washington and could walk on there this summer…

"Right now, it's all just being processed," Yoder told Dawgman.com recently. "I haven't totally decided what I'm going to do, but I've spoken with coach (Doug) Nussmeier about things and he said everything looked good and they just needed to make sure I got in before we go further."

While leading the Cougars to a 12-2 record and a loss to eventual state champion Sheldon in the state semi-finals, Yoder completed 132 of 189 passes – a 69.8% clip – for 2,167 yards, 23 touchdowns and only three interceptions while running an offense that resembled a Wing-T more than it did a spread.

"Last year (2008), with (Brian Widing) here we mainly were an option team where the quarterback ran it a lot," Yoder said. "I am a good runner, but I dropped back a lot more and threw the ball a lot more than we did then."

Even with his size and skills, Yoder went basically unnoticed by schools with only Linfield and PLU showing him any interest at all.

"I'm not really sure why, I guess it's because I didn't play until this past year," Yoder said. "Washington and Oregon State are the schools wanting me to walk on, but Oregon State already has like five quarterbacks whereas Washington only has three and Jake Locker is leaving after this fall so that means things could eventually open up and maybe I could earn a scholarship down the road.

"I really like the Husky coaches and it's still pretty close to home, so it's a great situation. Like I said, I'm not 100% sure what will end up happening, but they are definitely a school that I think I could end up at."

Yoder said he expects to make a decision relatively soon on where he will continue his football career, but in the meantime he will just continue to bide his time and wait on what the University of Washington admissions department has to say.

We'll continue to keep track of Yoder's status and update news as it breaks.

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