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June 30, 2008 10:06 PM

And then there were seven

Posted by Bob Condotta

The departure of running back J.R. Hasty further depletes Washington’s Class of 2005, which was generally considered to be the worst in the school’s history in decades and is living up to that, uh, hype.

There are now just seven players left from that class, though all seven could play key roles in the next two seasons.

The Class of 2005 was obviously put together in as much duress as any in recent UW history with the Huskies coming off a 1-10 season, the firing of Keith Gilbertson and the hiring of Tyrone Willingham. Gilbertson wasn’t able to secure many commitments and ultimately just one player who committed to him ended up signing.

Here’s the list with a comment:

DE Tyrone Davis --- High school player didn’t qualify academically.
QB Johnny DuRocher --- Technically counted as part of this class. Career ended early due to brain tumor.
CB Qwenton Freeman --- JC transfer didn’t qualify academically.
CB Chris Handy --- Nevada transfer via JC also didn’t qualify academically.
RB J.R. Hasty --- Highest-rated of the group but didn’t make impact expected and was dismissed from team a few weeks ago.
DE Darrion Jones --- Injuries have helped mute his impact so far but could be a starter this year.
OT Ben Ossai --- Entrenched as a starter at tackle.
PK Ryan Perkins --- Overcame brutal injury early in career to start last season but future is uncertain. Was the lone Gilbertson recruit of this year who ended up signing.
LB E.J.Savannah --- Has hit some bumps but has also been productive.
LB Chris Stevens --- Also an RB in high school but quickly switched to defense with Huskies.
DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim --- Probably the most consistently productive member of this class.
TE Tim Williams --- Played sparingly for one season then transferred to Eastern Washington.
WR Marlon Wood --- JC transfer made some memorable plays in his two seasons before eligibility ran out.
OL Morgan Rosborough --- Hoping to earn time this season at guard.

Of the 14 players, four would have already been out of eligibility even if they had all made it in --- DuRocher, Freeman, Handy and Wood.

To recap the seven who are already gone: three never made it in --- Freeman, Handy and Davis; one transferred --- Williams; one was kicked off team --- Hasty; one had his career end early for medical reasons --- DuRocher; and one saw his eligibility expire --- Wood.

Stevens and Jones each played as true freshmen, but Jones has since redshirted, so Stevens is the only one who won’t have eligibility after this season, barring redshirting this season for some reason. That means UW could have just six members of this class in uniform in 2009, one reason the Huskies are young right now.

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