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December 10, 2007 9:10 AM

Last of the Neuheisel era

Posted by Bob Condotta

One note I meant to throw in the Juan Garcia story the other day is that his return means there will still be a link to the Rick Neuheisel era on the roster next season.

Garcia came to UW in the Class of 2003, which was signed while Neuheisel was still head coach ---- Neuheisel was fired in the summer of 2003, so while none of those players ever played for him, they were brought to the school by him.

Every other remaining member of that class is now gone except for Garcia, coming back for a sixth year.

But overall, the influence of recruiting classes brought by other coaches is now very little.

There are just 11 players left who were brought to UW by Keith Gilbertson --- Casey Bulyca, Mesphin Forrester, Michael Gottlieb, Darin Harris, Johnie Kirton, Luke Kravitz, Jovon O'Connor, Trenton Tuiasosopo, Jordan White-Frisbee and Walt Winter.

All but Gottlieb are members of the Class of 2004. Gottlieb arrived that fall as a walk-on and was given a scholarship late in that season in what was about the last personnel move by Gilbertson as head coach.

The small presence left of that class, however, means UW won't have many seniors next season.

Those 11 will be fifth-year seniors and Garcia will be in his sixth year.

UW will likely have just one four-year senior who never redshirted --- linebacker Chris Stevens, a member of the Class of 2005.

The only other seniors (not counting those who might be listed as seniors but would still have eligibility left) would be JC transfers Byron Davenport, Jared Ballman, Jordan Murchison and Jason Wells.

So that means UW could have just 17 scholarship seniors next season.

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