Washington Huskies College Football Preview 2021: Top Players
Best Washington Huskies Offensive Player
OT Jaxson Kirkland, Jr.
Go ahead and throw in almost any of the Washington offensive linemen here, and TE Cade Otton certainly deserves consideration. The Dawgs were among the best in the country in pass protection, and expect it again with Kirkland the main star.
The 6-7, 310-pound Kirkland earned all-star honors over the last few years as he grew from a solid two-year right guard to a big-time left tackle.
2. TE Cade Otton, Jr.
3. OT Victor Curne, Soph.
4. OG Henry Beinivalu, Jr.
5. C Like Wattenberg, Sr.
Best Washington Huskies Defensive Player
LB/DE Zion Tupuola-Fetui, Soph.
A devastating pass rusher being used as partly an outside linebacker and mostly a defensive end, the 6-4, 280-pounder was a dominant force in four games with just 13 tackles but seven sacks.
He struggled to find much of a role in his first two years, and then he was turned loose as an unstoppable force through the first three games. He has to prove he can get it done for a full season, and now the spotlight is on.
2. LB Edefuan Ulofoshio, Soph.
3. S Trent McDuffie, Jr.
4. LB/DE Ryan Bowman, Sr.
5. LB Jackson Sirmon, Soph.
Top Incoming Washington Huskies Transfer
S Brendan Radley-Hiles, Sr.
Former Texas Tech Red Raider Ja’Lynn Polk might make the biggest transfer impact – likely stepping in right away for a receiving corps that needs bodies – but Radley-Hiles might just do the near-impossible and fill the veteran void left by Elijah Molden.
The former Oklahoma defensive back made 115 stops with a sack and 11 broken up passes in his time in Norman. He’s not huge, but he’s got great range, he’s been through the wars, and he should immediately take over a safety gig.