With a small 2012 graduating class and a full 2013 class of new signees, the writing has been on the wall for some time that an above-average amount of attrition was going to have to happen to the football roster before the freshmen arrived en masse this Summer. There's been a fair amount before today, with James Sample, Dezden Petty, Corey Waller, Blake Rodgers, Evan Zeger and Erich Wilson all having left the program.
Today brought news of three more departures, with the biggest news being the medical retirement of RS-Sr. WR James Johnson. His wrist injury from Fall Camp last year has apparently lingered and he was unable to receive medical clearance to continue playing. While talented, injuries have been a problem for him since he arrived at the UW, limiting his playing time and keeping him from reaching the potential he flashed in his first game vs. LSU.
Additionally, WR Jamaal Jones and CB Darien Washington have also been granted their official releases, thinning the depth at both spots and making it more likely that some of the incoming true freshmen at WR and CB will see playing time this season.
Included in the official announcement was the previously known departures of Zeger and Wilson.
We'll dig deeper into the current state of the roster and what these departures mean for the depth and the projected playing time of the incoming frosh in the coming weeks.The other shoe has finally dropped with regard to the roster numbers today as Sark officially announces 4 players transferring from the program and another going on medical scholarship and retiring from playing duty.