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Huskies Announce Three Additions and Departure of Troy Williams from Football Program

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The Huskies offseason has begun.

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The University of Washington today announced the additions of three new players to the roster and the voluntary separation of Soph QB Troy Williams from the program.

The three new players are QB Jake Browning, S Ezekiel Turner and OL Devin Burleson.

Browning is a record-setting high school QB from Folsom, CA.  He owns the national records for career TD passes and TD passes in a season.  He was an early commit to Chris Petersen and signed financial aid papers earlier in the fall.  He's graduated early from high school and has enrolled in classes at UW.

Turner was a new name that popped up on the recruiting radar earlier in the fall.  The sophomore defensive back out of Maryland, after not generating the interest he had hoped out of high school, played a year a LA Pierce CC before making another go at the D1 recruiting waters.  Because he was a full qualifier coming out of high school, admissions were never going to be an issue.  As a bigger strong safety prospect, Turner could fill an immediate hole in the Huskies defensive secondary.  He has four years to use up his three remaining years of eligibility.

Burleson was an OL recruit who committed last year in Chris Petersen's first UW recruiting class who went the greyshirt route before enrolling this winter.  At 6'7", Burleson has the physical attributes to be a bright prospect at Tackle.  However, he needed a little extra time to adjust to the game of football before enrolling.  It is speculated that he fits the mold of the bigger/longer OL prospects that OL Coach Chris Strausser is emphasizing.

The departure of Troy Williams comes as no surprise to most Husky fans.  Originally recruited out of California, this Elite 11 prospect was pursued by Steve Sarkisian at the expense of local prospect Sefo Liufau.  While he was given the opportunity to win the starting job last spring with the suspension of QB Cyler Miles, Williams failed to beat out Jeff Lindquist for the Hawaii start.  He was given opportunities to play in the Oregon game before getting his only start in the "monsoon game" against Arizona State in Seattle.  With Miles ahead of him and competition from Petersen recruits K.J. Carta-Samuels and Browning behind him, Williams was the odd man out.  It is expected that he will go the JC route for one year before transferring back to a D1 school where he will still have two years of eligibility remaining.  Don't be surprised if we see Williams back in the Pac 12 some day.

Below is the full press release from the University of Washington Athletic Department:

The Washington football team has added three new players to its 2015 roster as Jake Browning, Devin Burleson and Ezekiel Turner all enrolled at the University today, head coach Chris Petersen announced.

Additionally, quarterback Troy Williams, a redshirt freshman from Carson, Calif., has left the program and will transfer to another school to continue his college career. Williams played in five games this past season, starting vs. Arizona State.

Browning, a quarterback from Folsom, Calif., is the two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for California. As a high-school senior in 2014, he led the Bulldogs to a perfect 16-0 record while setting national high school records for both season (91) and career (229) touchdown passes. He finished the season with 5,790 yards, 91 TDs and just seven interceptions on 360-for-524 passing. In his three-year career, he passed for 16,775 yards and 229 scores.

Burleson originally signed a Letter on Intent with the UW last February, but "grey-shirted" the 2014 season. An offensive lineman from Palmdale (Calif.) Highland High School, the 6-foot-7 Burleson was more well-known as a basketball player at St. John Bosco in Los Angeles before moving to Palmdale for his senior season in 2013.

Turner, a defensive back from Pasadena, Md., played at L.A. Pierce College in Los Angeles last fall. He'll enter the UW as a true sophomore in 2015. Last fall at Pierce, he played in seven of 10 games, recording 35 tackles and an interception, which he returned 80 yards for a score.

All three of the above players will be on hand to participate in spring football with the Huskies in 2015.