I meant to write this post about 2 days ago. Thank you for being patient even though you didn’t know that this post was supposed to be 2 days ago. Matthew and I have been painting our parents house and, it turns out, that’s a big job!
Today we move on to the tight end position for the Huskies. This is one of the biggest strengths on the team with the Dawgs having 3 tight ends who could probably start on teams in the Pac-12. One of those guys is a potential All-American. There isn’t a lot of depth behind those 3 tight ends but we can worry about that down the road, since they’re all young right now. Let’s get to it! (The order in which I list the players is the way I see the depth chart turning out)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (So.)
ASJ had one of the best tight end seasons in U-Dub history and he was only a freshman. There is no reason to believe he won’t keep getting better and stronger. Most people know about the amazing athlete that this guy is (an all-conference tight end, a bruiser on the U-Dub basketball team) so I won’t get into it too much this year. A lot has been made of the Huskies losing three of the their top offensive – (Polk, Kearse, and Aguilar) and that is a cause for concern. I do think that it opens the door for Seferian-Jenkins to make an even bigger splash. What kind of numbers can we expect? I don’t think 800 yards receiving is out of the question. He is probably the best pro prospect on the team and it’s time that we start treating him like that.
Michael Hartvigson (RS So.)
Hartvigson, the pride of Bothell and Dan Scansen, was a 4-star commit coming out of high school but wasn’t as high-profile as ASJ. Michael is a quality player who will make an impact this year. I expect to see quite a few double tight-end sets just because Sark will want to get his best players on the field. Hartvigson is a solid blocker but we haven’t seen much of his receiving ability. That’s not to say he doesn’t have any, he does, it just hasn’t been utilized as much as his blocking. I fear that Hartvigson won’t escape ASJ’s shadow for the next few years and we may not know how good of a player he is. With that being said, Sark will find a way to use his best players so, if Hartvigson is a top player, he’ll be used.
Evan Hudson (RS So.)
Hudson, also the pride of Bothell and Dan Scansen, decided to follow his buddy (Hartvigson) and walked on to the U-Dub football team. Hudson could have had accepted a scholarship at a smaller school but he wanted to be a Dawg and has since been awarded a scholarship. Because of the two studs in front of him, we don’t see much of Hudson on the field. If there was an injury in front of him though, I would feel comfortable with Hudson in the game. I’ve heard nothing but glowing reports from practice and in his limited game time. I honestly have no idea how good Hudson is, but, if I had to guess, I think Hudson is a quality Pac-12 player.
Josh Perkins (RS Fr.)
Perkins had a fantastic spring and quite a few people had him pegged as an emerging number 3 receiver for the Huskies (I’m looking at you, Matthew Long). It seemed like a good bet. Perkins is a big guy, which is the type of receiver it seems that Sark likes. Or is it really? I guess that’s a debate for another blog post. Anyway, Perkins was moved to the H-back position which is kind of a cross between a fullback, tight-end and wide receiver. That paints a really clear picture, doesn’t it? I think Josh may see the field this year, as a pass catcher or lining up in the way Marcel Reece does for the Oakland Raiders. That’s just a guess on my part. Perkins was kicked off the team for about 2 days for an undisclosed incident but then was reinstated. I don’t know if that puts him in the doghouse or if it will decrease his playing time. Time will tell. Perkins is a guy who could definitely fill a role on this team.
As you can see, the tight end position is in fairly decent shape. The depth is solid and young and there’s a whole lot of star power at the top. I didn’t include a couple of walk-ons but I don’t think that they’ll play a huge role in the present or future. I hope they prove me wrong, because I don’t really know much!
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