Which Washington Freshman Will Make an Impact in 2013?

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Projecting the impact of Washington's incoming freshman class.

Heading into the season, the Huskies return a ton of experience so the highly-rated Class of 2013 won't be expected to carry much of the load yet, but there are certainly a number of players that should make some kind of impact in 2013 and others that should make an impact down the road.

Quarterback

Troy Williams 6‘2 190 Harbor City, CA - Narbonne

2013 impact: Redshirt

Williams enrolled early, participated in spring ball and impressed but will almost assuredly be able to redshirt due to the healthy depth at quarterback. Williams has a very bright future as a Husky, but it will be at least another season before he sees the field.

Running back

Lavon Coleman 5'11 210 Lompoc, CA

2013 impact: Redshirt or very limited

Early in his recruitment, I thought Coleman might be able to come in right away and be the big back that the Huskies desperately need, but his stock seemed to fall as his recruitment went on and so I think guys like Dwayne Washington and Psalm Wooching, who have more practice experience, will fill that role while he redshirts. Still, I wouldn't be shocked to see him beat out at least one of those guys and earn a few carries.

Wide receiver

Damore'ea Stringfellow 6'3 215 Moreno Valley, CA - Rancho Verde

2013 impact: Key contributor, maybe even starter

Stringfellow is arguably the highest-rated of the three big time receivers that the Huskies signed and is probably the most balanced of the group, though he might not be the most college ready. He is very similar to Kasen Williams as he can out-jump and muscle smaller defenders and he can give the Huskies another big, strong option after Kasen. If he can adjust quickly enough, I could see him take over DiAndre Campbell's starting spot, but most likely he will instead be a solid secondary option.

John Ross 5'11 175 Long Beach, CA - Jordan

2013 impact: Key contributor, maybe even starter

Ross might be the most polished of the big three receivers and even though he is the smallest, he might have the best chance to make an impact as a freshman due to his polish and potential to contribute in the return game. He is similar to Jaydon Mickens and if he can hang onto passes better than Mickens and flash some skills in the return game, he could end up taking the starting spots many think Mickens will fill.

Darrell Daniels 6'3 210 Oakley, CA - Freedom

2013 impact: Slight contributor, possible redshirt

Daniels might have even more potential than Stringfellow or Ross with his size and pure speed, but he might be the most raw and in need of a redshirt year. If Daniels can show that he has solid hands in the fall camp though, his pure speed and size might be too much to keep him off the field as a freshman.

Tight end

David Ajamu 6'6 245 Shelton, WA

2013 impact: Redshirt

Ajamu already has the size and athleticism for the position and probably just need s a little polish before playing in college. The good news is that the Huskies have enough depth at the position with Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Michael Hartvigson and Evan Hudson returning in 2013.

Tackle

Coleman Shelton 6'5 280 Los Angeles, CA - Loyola

2013 impact: Redshirt

Shelton is probably the least-regarded of any of the players in the Class of 2013 and will assuredly redshirt in 2013.

Guard

Andrew Kirkland 6'5 290 Portland, OR - Jesuit

2013 impact: Redshirt

Kirkland already has the size to contribute but will likely redshirt unless there are a ton of injuries up front for the Huskies.

Center

Dane Crane 6'3 295 Santa Margarita, CA - Catholic

2013 impact: Redshirt, but possible contributor

Crane was one of the best centers in the country in the Class of 2013 and is a well-rounded, polished player that could potentially step in right away, but I'm sure the Huskies are hoping to redshirt him unless drastic injuries occur.

Kicker

Cameron Van Winkle 5'11 165 Snoqualmie, WA - Mt. Si

2013 impact: Likely starter

Travis Coons had a horrible end to 2012 so the door is wide open for Van Winkle to come in and become the Huskies' place kicker and kick off specialist and I think he will win at least one of the jobs with his strength and accuracy.

Defensive end

Marcus Farria 6'4 240 Peoria, AZ - Centennial

2013 impact - heavy contributor or slight contributor

The Huskies desperately needed a fast pass rusher off the edge and Farria perfectly fits the bill if he can make it into school. If he gets in, I expect Farria to compete with Josh Shirley for the role of pure pass rusher and possibly beat him out if he can be more consistent.

Joe Mathis 6'4 255 Upland, CA

2013 impact - Slight contributor or heavy contributor

Mathis isn't the pure pass rusher that Farria is, but is a better overall prospect that is closer to the role of someone like Josh Banks or Andrew Hudson and I think is a little less needed in 2013. Mathis is very talented though and I think his pure skill will get him out onto the field at some point this season.

Defensive tackle

Elijah Qualls 6'2 280 Petaluma, CA - Casa Grande

2013 impact - Slight contributor or heavy contributor

Qualls was the top-rated defensive lineman signed by the Huskies but might need a year or two to add some weight if he is going to play inside effectively but simply has such great athleticism and skill that it could be hard to keep him off the field. I see Qualls seeing time actually more at the end spot than the tackle spot where Danny Shelton will be holding it down.

Andrew Basham 6'4 305 Lynnwood, WA

2013 impact - Likely non-qualifier

I haven't seen anything official yet, but everything I have seen seems to suggest that Basham will not qualify.

Jaimie Bryant 6'5 260 Tumwater, WA

2013 impact - Redshirt or grayshirt

All signs had been pointing to Bryant grayshirting and sitting out in 2013 to enroll after the season since he is a project, but with Basham likely not getting in, I could see him not grayshirting and redshirting instead.

Outside linebacker

Azeem Victor 6'4 215 Pomona, CA

2013 impact - Slight contributor, possible redshirt

The Huskies have depth at linebacker, but it seems like one true freshman linebacker always gets some action, especially on special teams, and of the linebackers the Huskies signed in 2013, Victor looks the most ready to contribute right away. Victor fits the mold of the long, rangy guys who can move sideline to sideline that the Huskies are starting to love at linebacker, so they might want to get him on the field as soon as possible like they did Corey Littleton in 2012.

Keishawn Bierria 6'1 210 Harbor City, CA - Narbonne

2013 impact - Likely redshirt, maybe slight contributor

Bierria can move, but needs to add some weight and there is enough depth at linebacker for the Huskies to hopefully redshirt him so he can do that.

Connor O'Brien 6'3 205 Santa Margarita, CA - Catholic

2013 impact - Likely redshirt, maybe slight contributor

I could see O'Brien's speed being utilized on special teams, but most likely I think he will be redshirted as he probably needs to add weight.

Inside linebacker

Sean Constantine 6'2 230 Bellevue, WA

2013 impact - Likely redshirt, maybe solid contributor

I think the Huskies would like to redshirt Constatine, but they aren't stacked at inside linebacker and should John Timu or Thomas Tutogi go down with an injury, I could see them inserting him and the good news is that he already has the size to play at the college level.

Cornerback

Jermaine Kelly 6'2 185 Los Angeles, CA - Salesian

2013 impact - Possibly special teams contributor, maybe redshirt

The Huskies have really good depth at cornerback right now, so it's unlikely that he'll be able to crack playing time there, but I expect him to get a good shot at getting a look in the return game.

Patrick Enewally 6'2 190 Cerritos, CA - Gahr

2013 impact - Likely redshirt

Same situation as Kelly, depth at cornerback will most likely keep him from having a chance to get on the field and he probably needs a redshirt year more than Kelly.

Kevin King 6'3 185 Oakland, CA - Bishop O'Dowd

2013 impact - Likely redshirt

Same as Enewally, there is plenty of depth at corner and King isn't expected to contribute yet.

Safety

Trevor Walker 6'1 185 Arlington, TX - Mansfield Timberview

2013 impact - Solid contributor

Walker was the only safety the Huskies signed even though they really need depth there so he will see the field simply out of necessity as the Huskies have no experienced players at the position after Sean Parker and Will Shamburger. The good news is that Walker enrolled early and was very impressive during the spring so I expect him to be the backup at safety after Parker and Shamburger.

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