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NFL Combine profile: Washington QB Jacob Eason

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NFL Combine profile: Washington QB Jacob Eason

Jacob Eason

Position: Quarterback
Year: Junior
Hometown: Lake Stevens, WA

Measurables: 

Height: 6’5 7/8" 

Weight: 231

Hand: 9 4/8"

Arm: 32 7/8

Wingspan: 79

40-yard dash: 4.89 

Vertical jump: 27.5

Broad jump: 110

Overview

After just one year starting at UW, Eason declared for the 2020 NFL Draft and decided to forgo his final year of eligibility.

Eason transferred from Georgia and sat out the 2018 season due to NCAA transfer rules, before starting 13 games for the Huskies in 2019. He completed 260-of-405 passes for 3,132 yards, the fourth-highest total in UW single-season history.

Draft projections

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper ranked Eason his No. 4 quarterback behind Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and LSU’s Joe Burrow.

He could go as early as the first round come April, but is likely an early-to-mid second round selection.

NFL comparison:

Ryan Mallet

Strengths

- Arm accuracy
- Good poise under duress
- Ability to extend the play with his legs

Weaknesses
- Progressions
- Efficiency on third downs
- Modest pocket ability

Social media workouts

On Jan. 31, Eason shared this photo to social media. He's been working out in Irvine, California to prepare for the NFL Draft in April. 

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Trust the journey & enjoy the process

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Report: Two Huskies land pre-draft interviews with San Francisco 49ers

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Report: Two Huskies land pre-draft interviews with San Francisco 49ers

Oregon’s Justin Herbert isn’t the only draft prospect from the Pacific Northwest on teams’ radars ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft.  

Per NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, the San Francisco 49ers recently spoke with University of Washington tight end Hunter Bryant and running back Salvon Ahmed via Facetime. 

As a junior, Bryant caught 52 passes for 825 receiving yards and had three touchdowns in 12 games. He earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was named All-America First Team by The Athletic, All-America Third Team by Phil Steele and a finalist for the John Mackey Award.

The Washington native is currently expected to be a high second-round pick. 

[RELATED: NFL Combine profile: Washington TE Hunter Bryant]

 Ahmed had 188 carries for 1,020 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns in 2019 and garnered All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the second time in his Husky career. He is believed to be day two or day selection come April. 

[RELATED: NFL Combine profile: Washington running back Salvon Ahmed]

Bryant and Ahmed join quarterback Jacob Eason and offensive tackle Trey Adams as Dawgs hoping to hear their name called on draft day.

Despite coronavirus concerns, the NFL Draft is expected to go on as scheduled from April 23-25. 

Legendary UW football coach Jim Lambright dies at 77

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Legendary UW football coach Jim Lambright dies at 77

If anyone bled purple and gold, it was Coach Lambo. 

Former University of Washington head coach Jim Lambright, who was a player, assistant coach and head coach for the team, has passed away at the age of 77.

His death was confirmed by his family on Sunday, although his cause of death has not been disclosed. 

"Coach Lambright was a legend at the UW, particularly when it came to playing the kind of physical, aggressive defense that his teams were known for,” UW head football coach Jimmy Lake said in a statement. “He was always supportive of the program that he loved so much. His impact on Husky football will not be forgotten."

Lambright took the helm as Washington head coach in 1993 when Don James retired. During his tenure, he helped lead the Huskies to a Pac-10 Championship in 1995 and a 44-25-1 record as head coach. He was relieved of his head coaching duties in 1998.

He previously held the role as the school’s defensive coordinator from 1978 to 1992, where his juggernaut defense led Washington to a national championship in 1991, which the team shared with Miami. His official biography says Lambright “redefined defensive football at the University of Washington,” with his toughness on the sidelines. Under James and Lambright, the Huskies claimed six Pac-8 and Pac-10 titles. 

As a player, Lambright earned All-Coast as a defensive end in 1964 and took home Washington’s Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational award, the school’s oldest and most prestigious individual award.

"I'm deeply saddened by the news of Coach Lambright's passing,” UW Director of Athletics Jennifer Cohen said in a statement. “Coach Lambright is synonymous with Husky football and he gave so much to this program both as a player and coach. My love for the University of Washington was sparked during Coach's tenure on our football staff and I'm grateful for the impact he had on so many. I'd like to extend heartfelt condolences to his family, former players, teammates and coaches." 

Following the loss of Coach Lambo, former UW safety and Rip City Mornings co-host Nigel Burton, who played for the Huskies from 1996-1998, delivered this poignant message. 

Coach Lambright changed the trajectory of my life by just giving me a chance. Once he told me he believed in me, it was game over. It wasn’t about the doubters. I wanted to prove Lambo right for taking the chance. I’m forever indebted. #RIPLambo.

 

More former players and friends spoke about the Huskies coach’s defensive prowess and determination to succeed. 

Lambright is survived by his daughter Kris and son Eric; and grandchildren Caroline and Matt.

 

UW fans deliver encouraging messages to medical community on Husky Stadium Board

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UW fans deliver encouraging messages to medical community on Husky Stadium Board

UW Football fans finally got a chance to get their names on the Husky Stadium video board on Friday, and their heartwarming messages were something else. 

While some Dawgs chose to wish their friends a happy birthday or shout out their favorite Huskies fan, a vast number of messages poured in supporting doctors and nurses, firefighters, and grocery workers, who are all working hard during the coronavirus pandemic in Washington State. 

The messages on the photoshopped video board were inspiring.  

Hall of Famer Walter Jones also responded to the thread with an insightful tweet of his own.  

“Seattle, we need you to do one thing,” Jones said. “Block your need to go outside the same way I blocked people coming at [Matt] @Hasselbeck. Together, we can make #COVID19 retire early. #WeGotThisSeattle.”

Jones spent his entire career, 1997-2008, as a member of the Seahawks, protecting nine different quarterbacks, including Hasselbeck and Warren Moon. If anyone knows anything about blocking, it’s Jones. 

Stay inside, Seattle, and keep delivering well-wishes to those who can't!

Matisse Thybulle befriends pet vacuum while self quarantining

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Matisse Thybulle befriends pet vacuum while self quarantining

Picture Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in the movie Step Brothers.

Ferrell (Brennan): “Did we just become best friends?”

Reilly (Dale): Yep!

Now, picture Matisse Thybulle and a Roomba. Yes, that just happened. 

The former UW basketball star, and Philadelphia 76ers first-round pick in 2019, recently shared a video to his TikTok account of his new best friend: a Roomba.  

With his No.4 Huskies jersey hanging in the background, Thybulle walks his iRobot vacuum, teaches it to come when called, and feeds it Tostitos scoops while relaxing on the couch.

This is true friendship. 

While the NBA season remains suspended during the coronavirus outbreak, Thybulle is trying to make the most of his situation, including finding new friends to keep him busy while stuck in quarantine.

The rookie is averaging 4.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists through 57 games with the 76ers this season. 

NFL Combine profile: Washington RB Salvon Ahmed

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NFL Combine profile: Washington RB Salvon Ahmed

Salvon Ahmed

Position: Running back
Year: Junior
Hometown: Kirkland, WA

Measurables: 

Height: 5’10 7/8" 

Weight: 197

Hand: 8 6/8"

Arm: 29 2/8

Wingspan: 71 5/8

Overview

The junior out of Juanita High School served as a backup to Myles Gaskin before taking over as starter in 2019. Ahmed finished the year with 1,000 yards rushing at 5.5 yards per carry and nine touchdowns, as well as 14 catches for 58 yards receiving.

His biggest outing for the Huskies came against USC in September, when the 5-11 tailback had a 89-yard touchdown just moments after Elijah Molden had an end zone interception for Washington. It was the fifth longest touchdown run in Husky history.

Ahmed capped off his senior season with two rushing touchdowns in the Las Vegas Bowl vs. Boise State. He added six rushes for 20 yards and two receptions for 26 yards in his team’s 38-7 win. He was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention for the second time in his career.

Draft projections

Many believe Ahmed is a Day 2 player, but it’s possible he could slip to a team on Day 3.

Strengths

- Speed and acceleration
- Footwork 
- Special teams value

Weaknesses

- Size
- Lack of experience
- Inability to churn out yards in tight space

Social media workouts

Ahmed shared a post to his Twitter of a workout with Tracy Ford of Ford Sports Performance. Ford has worked with some of the NFL's top talent, including Seahawks linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J Wright. 

NFL Combine profile: Washington TE Hunter Bryant

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NFL Combine profile: Washington TE Hunter Bryant

Hunter Bryant

Position: Tight end
Year: Junior
Hometown: Issaquah, WA

Measurables: 

Height: 6’2 2/8" 

Weight: 248

Hand: 10 right hand (pinky deformation), 10 3/8 left hand

Arm: 32

Wingspan: 76 4/8

3-cone time: 7.08

40-yard dash: 4.74

20-yard shuttle: 4.46

Broad jump: 115.0

Vertical jump: 32.5

Bench press: 23 reps

Overview

Before joining the Huskies, Bryant was a four-star recruit out of Eastside Catholic in Bellevue, WA. He was heavily recruited by schools like Auburn and Oklahoma before setting his sights on Washington. 

In three years, Bryant has emerged as one to top-100 players in the nation. His connection with transfer quarterback Jacob Eason was on display in 2019. The two connected for 52 receptions, 825 yards and three touchdowns. His receptions were second-most in UW single-season history by a tight end.

For his stellar season, Bryant garnered first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was named All-America First Team by The Athletic, All-America Third Team by Phil Steele and a finalist for the John Mackey Award.

Draft projections

Hunter is expected to be a high second-round pick.

NFL.com has given Bryant a 6.20 prospect grade, which means he’s a good backup with the potential of becoming a starter.

NFL comparison:

Jonnu Smith

Strengths

- Quickness
- Run after catch skills
- Versatility

Weaknesses

- Undersized TE
- Needs more physicality at top of routes
- In-line work

Social media workouts

Bryant, like his teammate Salvon Ahmed, has been working out with Tracy Ford of Ford Sports Performance. Ford works with some of the NFL's elite talent. 

Bryant also shared a hype video earlier this month with the message: "Ready for the next chapter."

Washington Huskies hire Durham Cato as tight ends coach

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Washington Huskies hire Durham Cato as tight ends coach

Washington head coach Jimmy Lake is turning to a familiar face to fill his tight ends coach vacancy. 

Saturday, Lake announced Derham Cato to the role. Cato spent the last four seasons as an offensive analyst for the Washington football program

Cato first joined the UW staff as an offensive analyst in February of 2016. 

"Derham has worked his way up to this position," Lake said in a team release. "He's a very smart coach and he's a grinder. He's knowledgeable in the passing and run games, and he's been an offensive coordinator and coached tight ends."

In his first season with the Huskies, Cato helped the offense to one of the most productive seasons in school history. The Huskies scored a school-record 77 touchdowns and 585 points (41.3 per game) while averaging 456.9 yards of total offense, third-best in school history.

"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to take the next step in my career," Cato said. "I'm very grateful to Coach Lake and I can't wait to get going."

Cato has been on the Husky staff for two Pac-12 Championships (2016 and 2018), three straight 10-win seasons and three straight berths in New Years Six bowl games.

Prior to joining the Washington staff, Cato was a offensive coordinator at Davidson for the 2015 season after having served as offensive line and tight ends coach there in 2014.

Penn State fans seem perfectly fine seeing John Donovan leave for Washington

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Penn State fans seem perfectly fine seeing John Donovan leave for Washington

New Washington head coach Jimmy Lake will be replacing numerous parts of his offense next season and filled a huge gap.

Lake, who moved from OC to head coach last month,  named former Penn State offensive coordinator John Donovan at the same position for the Huskies.

"Coach Donovan has a great deal of experience at both the college and NFL levels, learning from a lot of great offensive minds about coaching the kind of aggressive, pro-style offense we want to play here at Washington," Lake said. "From my own experience, I know how much a coach can learn and grow by spending significant time in the NFL. I'm excited for him to get to Seattle and get started."

Donovan coached under Penn State head coach James Franklin (2011-2013) at both Vanderbilt and Penn State (2014-2015). Following the 2015 season where the Nittany Lions ranked 105th in the country in total offense (348.4 yards) and 100th in points per game (23.2 points), Donovan was fired and replaced by Joe Moorhead. The Nittany Lions would then win the Big Ten in their first season without Donovan as offensive coordinator. 

Following his departure from Penn State, the Jacksonville Jaguars hired him in 2016 to be an Offensive Quality Control coach and later named an Offensive Assistant. He worked with quarterback Blake Bortles in 2017 when the Jaguars went 10-6, won the AFC South and narrowly lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. 

Donovan seems excited to be apart of the program.

I couldn't be more excited to be a part of such a great university, with unbelievable football tradition, like the University of Washington. Thanks to Coach Lake and everyone involved for this opportunity, and I'm looking forward to getting started. Go Dawgs!

Reaction from Penn State fans isn't promising for Dawgs fans.

 

Washington Huskies RB Salvon Ahmed will enter 2020 NFL Draft, forgo senior season

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Washington Huskies RB Salvon Ahmed will enter 2020 NFL Draft, forgo senior season

The Huskies will not have much offensive continuity next season.

Running back Salvon Ahmed will forgo his senior season at Washington and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.

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The junior became the ninth Husky to run for over 1,000 yards in a season after finishing the year with 1,020 rushing yards,  and 11 touchdowns on 188 carries. 

New head coach Jimmy Lake thanked Ahmed for his contributions to the program.

I want to thank Salvon for all of the hard work he has put in, both on and off the field. He was a great example of what Husky Football is all about, and I'm sure that he'll have plenty of success in the future.

Ahmed will join his quarterback, Jacob Eason, in declaring for the NFL Draft leaving the Huskies needing to replace both key positions this offseason in addition to an offensive coordinator and three offensive linemen. 

At running back the Huskies have seniors Sean McGrew and Kamari Pleasant, sophomore Richard Newton, redshirt freshman Cameron Davis and true freshmen Sam Adams II and Jay'Veon Sunday.