Chris Petersen has released his first spring roster as the Huskies’ coach, on the eve of the first spring practice. It welcomes back two veterans, adds a tight end to a position of need and doesn’t list any fullbacks — which UW has barely used in recent seasons, anyway.
Wide receiver DiAndre Campbell and defensive lineman Andrew Hudson have new leases on their Husky careers upon the arrival in January of Petersen and his staff from Boise State. Campbell and Hudson, fourth-year juniors last season, were announced with the seniors at Washington’s pregame recognition for imminent departees immediately before November’s Apple Cup 2013 regular-season finale. But Campbell and Hudson are back on the spring roster in advance of using their fifth-year, senior seasons this fall.
Campbell played in every game last season, catching three passes and playing on special teams. He was an honorable mention for academic All-Pac-12.
Hudson played in eight games and had two tackles in 2013. He became the odd man out on the defensive line after Evan Hudson successfully moved from tight end to defensive end/tackle. Andrew Hudson had 46 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks in 2012, and 24 tackles with 3 1/2 sacks when he also played in all 13 games of ‘11.
Petersen’s first UW roster has former backup quarterback Derrick Brown as no longer an H-back, as he was last season for the first time, but as a full-on tight end. That is a position of need for the Huskies with the departure of John Mackey Award winner Austin Seferian-Jenkins to the NFL. Brown is listed at 6 feet 3, 255 pounds. That’s one inch taller and 10 pounds heavier than UW listed his last fall, when previous coach Steve Sarkisian moved him to H-back.
Joshua Perkins and Michael Hartvigson are the returning tight ends who played often with Seferian-Jenkins last season.
As is the trend in Petersen’s and college football’s spread offenses, there are no fullbacks on the Huskies’ spring roster. Pslam Wooching was listed as a fullback last season but barely played there, and the 6-3, 230-pound sophomore is a defensive end on this spring roster.
All other six backs on the roster are listed as tailbacks. That includes Jesse Callier and Deontae Cooper, seniors-to-be who made it back last fall from four knee reconstructions between them.
The first spring practice is tomorrow morning inside Husky Stadium. The Huskies will go three morning each of the next two weeks, break for quarter exams and spring break, then return April 1 for more Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday morning practices for three weeks. Those practices are closed to the public.
The final spring practice on April 19 at 1 p.m. inside Husky Stadium is free and open to the public.
I’ll have regular stories and features from spring practices starting today on GoHuskies.com.
You can watch Petersen’s press conference to kickoff spring practice today at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time on GoHuskies.com.