Pac-12: Thomas Tutogi

Washington spring wrap

May, 14, 2012
2011 overall record: 7-6
2011 conference record: 5-4 (3rd, North)
Returning starters: Offense: 8; defense: 7; kicker/punter: 0

Top returners
QB Keith Price, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, WR Kasen Williams, S Sean Parker, CB Desmond Trufant, DT Danny Shelton, DE Josh Shirley

Key losses
RB Chris Polk, OT Senio Kelemete, WR Jermaine Kearse, DT Alameda Ta'amu, LB Cort Dennison

2011 statistical leaders (*returner)
Rushing: Chris Polk (1,488 yards)
Passing: Keith Price* (3,063 yards)
Receiving: Jermaine Kearse (699 yards)
Tackles: Cort Dennison (128)
Sacks: Josh Shirley* (8.5)
Interceptions: Sean Parker* (4)

Spring answers
1. For the defense: Coach Steve Sarkisian rebuilt his defensive staff around star coordinator Justin Wilcox, and the early returns are promising. And not just because of the coaches. There's more talent on defense than the Huskies showed during a terrible 2011 campaign. The chief task this spring, however, was blending in the new coaches -- five of them, including offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau -- with the players and Sarkisian's ways.

2. Secondary not an issue: The Huskies have some folks who can play -- and have played -- in the secondary, starting with cornerback Desmond Trufant and safety Sean Parker. There's also Justin Glenn, Greg Ducre, Will Shamburger and Tre Watson, a transfer from Central Washington. Plus, touted safety Shaq Thompson arrives in the fall, and redshirt freshman Travis Feeney is promising.

3. Not unskilled: There was reason entering spring to fret about the skill positions, other than quarterback. The Huskies lost running back Chris Polk as well as receivers Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar. But, after spring, things seem at least solid. At tailback, it's probably going to be by committee with Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey, as well as junior-college transfer Antavius Sims and redshirt freshman Dezden Petty. And maybe Deontae Cooper comes back healthy? At receiver, James Johnson, Kasen Williams, Cody Bruns, who redshirted last season, and Kevin Smith (if healthy) give the Huskies a solid crew. Some redshirt freshmen and intriguing incoming players could also get into the mix.

Fall questions
1. Oooooo-Line? The Huskies should be welcoming back four starters, but guard Colin Porter was forced to retire due to injuries, and other guys were beat up this spring. If Colin Tanigawa, who missed all of spring with a knee injury, tackle Erik Kohler and center Drew Schaefer all come back healthy, then things should be OK. But that remains to be seen.

2. LB woes? It's still uncertain whether the Huskies will be primarily 3-4 of 4-3 on defense, so we don't know how things will shake out at linebacker. We do know that the Huskies were bad there last year. Three safeties -- Taz Stevenson, Nate Fellner and Evan Zeger -- moved to LB to bolster things, while John Timu, Princeton Fuimaono -- both returning starters -- Thomas Tutogi, Garret Gilliland and Jamaal Kearse are in the mix. Next to the offensive line, this is a position where fans should feel free to be concerned.

3. Backing up Price? Redshirt freshman Derrick Brown is No. 2 at present, mostly by default. But two touted freshmen arrive in the fall: Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles. Brown improved over the course of the spring, but the freshmen are good enough to challenge him immediately. And, keep in mind, the No. 2 QB isn't important until he becomes your most important player.

Beavers, Cougars, Huskies sign JC players

December, 16, 2010
USC wasn't the only Pac-10 team active during the midyear signing period.

Washington State and Oregon State have both signed a pair of junior college players, while Washington inked a juco linebacker. The Cougars signed a pair of offensive linemen, the Beavers a pair of defensive ends. All five will enroll in January.

The Cougars signed Rico Forbes and Taylor Meighen. Forbes (6-foot-4, 260-pounds) originally signed with Baylor in Feb. 2009. He is a native of the Bahamas who prepped at St. Pius High School in Houston. Meighen, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound center from Beaumont, Texas, has played the last two seasons at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. Meighen earned 2010 All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference first-team honors at center.

You can read more here.

The Beavers signed Rusty Fernando of Glendale Community College in Arizona and Blake Harrah of Saddleback Community College in California. Fernando (6-foot-3, 223) will have three years remaining to play two seasons, with a redshirt year available. He was a first-team All-Region and All-Western States Football League selection after leading the Gauchos to the Valley of the Sun Bowl title. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Harrah will also have three years to play two seasons. He was selected All-National Division Southern Conference second team after leading Saddleback to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the California Bowl. He is the son of former Los Angeles Rams offensive linemen Dennis Harrah, who played in the NFL for 13 seasons, where he was selected to six Pro Bowls.

You can read more here.

The Huskies signed linebacker Thomas Tutogi (6-foot-1, 235), who played at Southwestern Junior College in Chula Vista, Calif. Tutogi, whose older brother Taimi plays at Arizona, played just one season at Southwestern and will be a true sophomore at the UW next year.

You can read more here.

The midyear signing period continues through Jan. 15. The national letter of intent period for high school seniors begins Feb. 2.