Washington added reinforcements to the offensive line today with a commitment from San Diego State Offensive Tackle transfer Drew Azzopardi. He played as a redshirt freshman this year and will have 3 years of eligibility remaining.
At 6’7 and 315 pounds, there’s no question that Azzopardi has the requisite size to play OT at the power conference level. He was viewed as a three-star recruit coming out of Junipero Serra in San Mateo, California and chose SDSU over offers from Arizona and Nevada. The offer from Arizona came only near the end of senior season after he had already verbally committed to SDSU. It’s worth noting he was listed at 6’5 on his recruiting profile and 6’7 on the school website so he either grew or got a friendly tape measurer from the Aztecs.
Azzopardi started out this season second on the depth chart at right tackle behind former Husky OL Myles Murao. An injury to their RG halfway through the year shifted Murao inside and opened up a starting spot for Azzopardi. He took advantage of the opportunity starting the final 6 games of the season and being named SDSU’s freshman of the year.
Pro Football focus charted him as having given up 9 pressures and 1 sack across 194 pass blocking snaps. It likely didn’t help him though that SDSU had one of the worst offenses in the country (former Husky TE Mark Redman led the team in receiving yards with fewer than 500).
Washington is expecting to lose LT Troy Fautanu to the NFL Draft. It’s also possible that RT Roger Rosengarten could declare although he has a higher chance to return. It’s not unreasonable to think that either Azzopardi could compete at LT or the coaching staff could move Rosengarten to LT and let Azzopardi potentially play at his same right tackle spot. The Huskies also have the option of potentially kicking out one of their guards (Nate Kalepo or Julius Buelow) outside and also brought in Jalen Klemm through the transfer portal last year who spent the season as Fautanu’s backup. Regardless, Klemm profiles as a future starter either this year or next and still has 3 years of eligibility.
Either way, Azzopardi is a player with legitimate size, multiple years left, and starting experience. That’s a nice add for the program. He becomes Washington’s 4th commitment in the transfer portal so far this cycle joining: QB Will Rogers (Mississippi State), LB Ethan Barr (Vanderbilt), and EDGE BJ Green II (Arizona State).
Welcome to Seattle, Drew!