Five Players Who Made Moves: Offense

Five Players Who Made Moves: Offense

Now that spring practice has ended, we thought we would take a look at some of the players that grabbed our attention over the past month of workouts and who could have played their way into the two-deeps. Today, we take a look at five offensive players who made moves and how they fit into the grand scheme of things heading into the summer...

OL Mike Criste With the graduation of Drew Schaefer, the Huskies lost a three-year starter at center and were looking for someone to take that spot and run with it. Well, that's exactly what Criste did, manning the starting pivot from the beginning of spring ball all the way to the end. Criste showed solid leadership skills and the coaches were happy with his ability to make adjustments. He's also shown the requisite strength to handle nose tackles on his own, which is a big step up from what the Huskies have had there the past few years. Now, all that being said, he will still be expected to fend of challenges from both Erik Kohler and Siosifa Tufunga during fall camp in order to be the starter when the Dawgs play host to Boise State.

RB Dwayne Washington - Bishop Sankey has the top spot all locked up, but who gets the majority of the reps behind him is still to be decided. Washington made the move from wideout to tailback during bowl practices back in December and the returns were positive and he continued that success during the spring. Washington is a big-back, weighing in at 215 pounds, and he has very good speed. He loves contact and he makes defenders pay when they come up to make the tackle. Washington will battle Erich Wilson, Ryan McDaniel and Jesse Callier, who appears to be progressing nicely from the torn ACL he suffered last September, during fall camp for reps and while he may not end up being the number one backup, he definitely has made a move and is putting pressure on the coaches to play him.

WR DiAndre Campbell - Since his arrival at Washington, Campbell has shown flashes of ability, but during his redshirt sophomore season last fall, he was up-and-down and the coaches challenged him to show more consistency, both in his route-running as well as his hands. He's worked on everything during the offseason and climbed the depth chart high enough to where head coach Steve Sarkisian has said that Campbell has worked his way into the starting lineup. Considering the amount of talent that will enroll this summer, Campbell couldn't have picked a better time to make his move.

WR Jaydon Mickens - We all knew that Mickens was a shoe-in to see plenty of reps this fall, but, if spring practices are any indication, the Husky staff will be getting the ball into his hands in a number of ways. This spring he was lined up in the slot, in the backfield, out wide and he was sent in motion a number of times, allowing him to get separation from defenders. When he gets the ball in space, he's tough to get a good angle on and he showed a lot more fight and the ability to break tackles than he did as a freshman. The sophomore from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles seems ready to take the next step and become the playmaker we all envisioned when he signed with the Dawgs in February of 2012.

TE Josh Perkins - With Austin Seferian-Jenkins out, that left more reps for the other tight ends on the roster and while he isn't pushing for a starting spot, Perkins definitely showed he's a player to watch this fall. He's only a redshirt sophomore and he's already added nearly 30 pounds to his frame since arriving at Washinton weighing roughly 200 pounds. Perkins has soft hands and he's got the speed to separate from safeties and linebackers. His biggest struggle has been as a blocker and that seems to be an area he's made a huge leap over the past year. He might not wind up seeing a lot of playing time this fall, but he's definitely pushing guys like Michael Hartvigson and Evan Hudson for reps in the multi-tight end sets.

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