Huskies Notes: 3 defensive backs to participate in the NFL Draft; 5 transfers are committed elsewhere | University of Washington Sports
January 6 — The Washington Huskies’ football offseason has been busy.
The coaches left and arrived. Outstanding players have declared themselves for the 2022 NFL Draft. Others have announced transfers or new destinations, while some have transferred.
Many changes have taken place in recent weeks. Here is a summary of the updates:
MCDUFFIE, GORDON, RADLEY-HILES DECLARE THE PROJECT
Three defensive strengths of the Huskies are officially heading to the 2022 NFL Draft.
Cornerback Trent McDuffie, a fall All-Pac-12 first-team pick, entered the draft last week after three seasons at UW.
McDuffie was the key to a Huskies high school that finished the 2021 season with the fewest passing yards allowed per game (143.3), fewest passing yards allowed per completion allowed (8.87) and the fewest passing touchdowns allowed (six) among FBS teams.
He started all 11 games he’s been in, finishing with 35 tackles, including two for losses, one sack and six defended.
McDuffie played 28 games with the Huskies during his career, finishing with 94 tackles, 4 1/2 in losses, one sack, two interceptions, eight defended, three forced fumbles and three digs.
Kyler Gordon, who started as a cornerback against McDuffie and was also a first-team All-Pac-12 player in the fall, announced he will be in the draft Wednesday night.
Gordon started each of UW’s 12 games in 2021, led the Huskies with seven defended assists, tied for the team lead with two interceptions and added 45 tackles, including two for losses.
In his four seasons at UW, former Archbishop Murphy appeared in 33 games – including every game of the past three seasons – and had 97 tackles, including for losses, two interceptions, 12 defended passes. , two forced fumbles and a recovery.
Brendan Radley-Hiles, who played the defensive back for the Huskies last fall after three seasons in Oklahoma, announced he was declaring himself for the draft on Tuesday afternoon.
In his lone season with the Huskies, Radley-Hiles appeared in 11 games and finished with 46 tackles, including three for losses, two sacks, one interception and four defended.
He played 37 games in his three seasons in Oklahoma, recording 115 tackles, including nine for a loss, one sack, three interceptions (one return for a touchdown), 11 defended passes, one fumble and a salvage.
Three former Huskies signed up to Pac-12 schools in California last week, as the transfer portal continues to spin.
After five seasons with the Huskies, wide receiver Terrell Bynum announced he would transfer in late December, then signed to USC on Monday.
Bynum has played 34 games in the past four seasons, totaling 65 catches for 934 yards and six touchdowns. In eight games last fall, he averaged 16.8 yards per reception, racking up 26 catches for 436 yards and four touchdowns.
Former linebacker Jackson Sirmon, who led the Huskies in tackles last fall, announced Wednesday that he has signed up for California.
Sirmon has played 33 games for UW in the past four seasons. He had 91 tackles, including four for losses, an interception, a forced fumble and a salvage last fall in his sophomore year.
In Cal, he will reunite with his father, Peter Sirmon, who is the Bears’ defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach.
Sam Taimani, a regular defensive tackle holder over the past two seasons, entered the transfer portal last month and announced Thursday that he is heading to Oregon.
In four seasons at UW, Taimani has played 29 games and started 10 of 11 he played last fall, leading the Huskies defensive linemen with 41 tackles, including two for losses, and added two assists. defended and a salvage escapement.
Former Huskies outside linebacker Laiatu Latu, who played 12 games as a true rookie in 2019 before retiring from medical care last spring, announced on social media last week that he would continue his career at the UCLA, where he would reconnect with Malloe.
Former Huskies wide receiver Sawyer Racanelli also announced on Wednesday that he is committed to Montana after entering the transfer portal last month.
Racanelli has appeared in 13 games for the Huskies over the past two seasons, mostly on special teams.
The Huskies also added from the transfer portal, including officially announcing the additions of Michael Penix Jr. and Jordan Perryman late last month.
Penix joined the Huskies in December after playing the last four seasons in Indiana, including one season alongside DeBoer, who was the Hoosiers’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2019.
During his four seasons in the Big Ten, Penix completed 59.4% of his passes for 4,197 yards and 29 touchdowns for 15 interceptions in 20 career games.
He started five games for the Hoosiers in 2021 as a junior redshirt, completing 87 of 162 passes for 939 yards and four touchdowns to seven interceptions before a shoulder injury ended his season in October.
Perryman also signed to UW in December after five seasons in the UC Davis program. As a junior last fall, he had 63 tackles, including 2 1/2 for losses, one interception, 12 broken passes, one forced fumble and two digs.
Linebacker Demario King, who played two seasons at Cerritos College in Calif., Also announced his commitment to the Huskies in late December and has since been added to the UW roster. He had 57 tackles in 11 sophomore games last fall.
In the third week of December, Huskies coach Kalen DeBoer, who was hired in Fresno state in late November, had set the 2022 coaching staff.
Ryan Grubb (offensive coordinator and quarterback coach), William Inge (defensive co-coordinator and linebackers), Chuck Morrell (defensive and safety co-coordinator), Lee Marks (runners), Eric Schmidt (special teams and edge rushers coordinator) , Julius Brown (corner corners) and Ron McKeefery (strength and conditioning) joined DeBoer from Fresno State.
Nick Sheridan (tight ends) joined the program after previously coaching alongside DeBoer in Indiana, and Inoke Breckterfield (defensive line) joined UW from Vanderbilt.
Two previous staff members were scheduled to return to wide receivers coach Junior Adams and offensive line coach Scott Huff.
Adams has since departed for a new role, signing with Oregon as the offensive program coordinator and wide receivers coach, the program announced Monday.
“Junior Adams is a great addition to this coaching staff,” Ducks coach Dan Lanning said in a statement. “He has considerable experience on the West Coast both as a player and a coach, as well as knowledge and familiarity with the Pac-12 conference. Coach Adams is a great teacher and mentor of young men, and I am delighted for our student-athletes to have the opportunity to learn from him.
“He’s used to developing NFL talent as a wide receiver, and I look forward to seeing him develop other playmakers here in Oregon. His experience as a caller will be immensely beneficial. for our staff as we work to install our offensive system here in Oregon. I am delighted to welcome Junior and his family to Eugene. “
Adams joins the Ducks after coaching wide receivers in Seattle for the past three seasons. UW has not announced a replacement.
Several of the staff assistants departing 2021 also have new destinations. Former running backs coach Keith Bhonapha returns to Boise State, former outside linebackers coach Ikaika Malloe joins UCLA staff, former defensive line coach Rip Rowan and former fullback coach defensemen Will Harris both join Georgia Southern and former defensive back assistant coach Terrence Brown is heading over to Cal.
SEATTLE LINEMAN TOP 6 HUSKIES
Rainier Beach High School star Josh Conerly Jr. announced on Monday afternoon the six college programs he was still envisioning – and the hometown Huskies remain in the mix for the five-star offensive lineman.
Conerly, who is considered the state’s top rookie in the 2022 class, and the nation’s No.1 offensive tackle by 247Sports.com, also put Oklahoma, Oregon, Michigan, USC and Miami in their top six.
This story was originally posted on January 6, 2022 at 5:00 a.m.
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