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01/07/19 - (CB) - *Byron Murphy, rSo, 5-11, 182
The Huskies, as expected, have lost another top defensive back early to the NFL draft. Washington cornerback Byron Murphy on Monday morning announced he will enter the NFL draft, leaving the Huskies with two seasons of eligibility remaining. As a third-year sophomore, Murphy is eligible to enter the 2019 draft. He is the second UW defensive back to leave early since the Rose Bowl, following junior safety Taylor Rapp's announcement last Wednesday. Both Murphy and Rapp received second-round grades from the NFL College Advisory Committee.

Murphy, from Scottsdale, Ariz., was an Associated Press second-team All-American in 2018 and a first-team all-Pac-12 selection. He was the MVP of the Pac-12 championship game after he returned an interception 66 yards for the game's only touchdown, helping the Huskies to a 10-3 victory over Utah last month. After a redshirt season in 2016, Murphy appeared in 20 games for UW over the past two seasons, all starts, and posted 74 career tackles, seven interceptions, 27 pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He missed six games in 2017 because of a broken foot. - Adam Jude, Seattle Times

01/02/19 - (SS) - *Taylor Rapp, Jr, 6-0, 200
Washington safety Taylor Rapp has declared for the NFL draft, giving up his final year of eligibility after being a second-team AP All-America selection. Rapp's decision, announced on Wednesday, was expected after he received a high evaluation from the NFL College Advisory Committee. Rapp is expected to be an early-round selection. Rapp was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection the past two seasons and was the conference's defensive freshman of the year in 2016. He finished his junior season with 59 tackles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Rapp did not play in the Rose Bowl due to a hip injury suffered in the Pac-12 championship game and his absence was felt in the 28-23 loss to Ohio State. Rapp went through pregame warmups but never took the field. - AP College Football

11/24/18 - (RB) - Myles Gaskin, Sr, 5-09, 193
Chris Petersen walked away from the party happening in the end zone where the Apple Cup was being passed around by his players for the sixth straight year. He reached down and grabbed a chunk of the snow that blanketed the turf of Martin Stadium and fired back at the snowballs being flung his way from his two sons. There was plenty of celebrating by Washington's coach and his players - snow angels, snowball fights - after the Huskies continued their dominance over Washington State in an Apple Cup the purple and gold won't soon forget. "I've heard it sucks to lose to the Cougs. I'm glad I don't have to experience it," Washington quarterback Jake Browning said.

Myles Gaskin broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and No. 16 Washington won its second Pac-12 North Division title in three years, beating No. 7 Washington State 28-15 on Friday night. With blustery winds blowing in waves of snow, Gaskin found enough traction to carry the Huskies into the Pac-12 championship game and ruin yet again the title hopes of Washington State. It was the third straight year the Huskies denied Washington State the North crown. Gaskin rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns, a year after running for 192 and four scores against the Cougars. He was the best player on the field on a night Washington needed its senior ball carrier to be just that. - AP College Football

11/20/18 - (OT) - Trey Adams, Sr, 6-7, 316
LT Trey Adams underwent what was initially believed to be season-ending back surgery in August, but he made his return to the field against Oregon State on Nov. 17. A preseason All-American, Adams can still get a redshirt season due to new NCAA rules, as he has indicated he would return in 2019 for a fifth season. He missed half of the 2017 season due to an ACL injury.

11/19/18 - (QB) - Jake Browning, Sr, 6-1, 210
Washington's Jake Browning became the Pac-12's all-time winningest starting quarterback, with 37 wins, breaking a tie with Stanford's Kevin Hogan and Oregon's Marcus Mariota. Browning is 37-13 (.740) after the Huskies' win over Oregon State. - AP College Football

11/18/18 - (RB) - Myles Gaskin, Sr, 5-09, 193
Chris Petersen thought he'd make it through his pregame speech the night before the final home game for Washington's seniors. Then he looked at quarterback Jake Browning, and Petersen's words trailed off. "There's no one that's spent more time in this office since the moment he got here," Petersen said. "It's exactly how it's supposed to be and he's a rare individual in terms of never flinching, always the same, always prepping as hard as he possibly can, completely locked in at all times. It's hard to do for anybody let alone a college kid going through this process. (It's) really special." Browning provided one more memory for Petersen and his teammates in his final home game, throwing three first-half touchdowns in No. 17 Washington's 42-23 win over Oregon State on Saturday. Browning threw two of his three TDs in the first quarter as Washington jumped to a 28-3 lead. Fellow senior Myles Gaskin rushed for 135 yards and the Huskies (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12) used the fast start to make certain next week's Apple Cup against No. 8 Washington State carried all the meaning it possibly could. - AP College Football

11/05/18 - (OT) - Trey Adams, Sr, 6-7, 316
Washington coach Chris Petersen says indications are that left tackle Trey Adams intends to return for a fifth season after missing most of this one because of a back injury. "I think that's the plan right now," Petersen said Monday, "things are always fluid." Adams was a preseason AP All-American but was injured the week leading up to the season opener against Auburn. Adams was coming off a torn ACL suffered midway through last season but had recovered to where he was expected to play in the opener. Petersen has been coy about Adams' status all season, although there were indications he's moving closer to being able to play. The Huskies are off this week and have at most four games left, meaning Adams could potentially play the rest of the season without jeopardizing his redshirt. - AP College Football

11/04/18 - (RB) - Myles Gaskin, Sr, 5-09, 193
Myles Gaskin returned after missing two games due to a shoulder injury to rush for 148 yards and one touchdown, and Washington built a big early lead before needing Taylor Rapp's interception on the final play to beat Stanford 27-23 on Saturday night. The matchup was essentially an elimination game in the Pac-12 North Division race and the Huskies got their senior star ball carrier back on the field just in time. Gaskin sat out a win over Colorado and loss to California, and his absence only highlighted his importance to Washington's offense. "He's the best at hiding behind his guys, letting things develop and getting to the right spot," Washington coach Chris Petersen said. The Huskies (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12) built a 21-0 lead thanks to a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jake Browning, an 11-yard TD pass from Browning to Drew Sample and Gaskin's 6-yard run early in the second quarter. But the Huskies offense became conservative and was unable to find the end zone the rest of the way, making for a nervy second half after Stanford's K.J. Costello got hot. - AP College Football

10/20/18 - (QB) - Jake Browning, Sr, 6-1, 210
Jake Browning threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Fuller on fourth down with less than four minutes remaining, and No. 15 Washington held off Colorado 27-13 on Saturday. Washington's four-year starting quarterback had an unremarkable game up until the Huskies (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) needed a big play. Rather than trying for a long field goal, Browning and the Huskies' offense stayed on the field. Facing a Colorado blitz, Browning found Fuller on a quick slant with nothing but the end zone ahead. "When I saw it was cover zero I brought my best release because I knew I was the first read on that one," Fuller said. "They were doing that a little bit when we got toward the red zone and things like that so when we saw that, it was wide open." Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said bringing the blitz wasn't even a question. "When we brought four, we never got to him. Not one time. He'd run around and make the plays. When we pressured him, we got him out sometimes, so that's what we did," MacIntyre said. - AP College Football

10/16/18 - (QB) - Jake Browning, Sr, 6-1, 210
QB Jake Browning passed Steve Stenstrom, Cade McNown and Marcus Mariota last week to move to No. 9 all-time in career passing yards in Pac-12 history. He sits at 10,855, 58 behind No. 8 Alex Brink. Browning is also tied with Cody Kessler for most passing touchdowns in Pac-12 history at 88. He's two behind No. 6 Connor Halliday.

10/16/18 - (OLB) - Tevis Bartlett, Sr, 6-3, 234
LB Tevis Bartlett played his best game of the season at Oregon, recording a career-high 12 tackles. Bartlett also made his first sack of the season, which could help jump-start a Washington defense struggling to get into opposing backfields at the torrid pace of the previous two seasons, when the Huskies ranked in the Top 15 nationally for sacks.

10/06/18 - (RB) - Myles Gaskin, Sr, 5-09, 193
Myles Gaskin rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns, Jake Browning passed for 265 yards and No. 10 Washington beat UCLA 31-24 on Saturday. The Huskies led 24-7 at halftime but saw the Bruins climb back within a touchdown twice in the fourth quarter. Washington took a 31-17 lead with a 12-play, 81-yard drive that took 6:45 off the clock and ended with Gaskin's 1-yard TD on a direct snap with 3:42 remaining. Joshua Kelley scored on a 2-yard run with 1:38 left, and the Bruins attempted an onside kick, but Washington recovered and ran out the clock. Browning completed 18 of 26 passes with one TD and one interception. The senior also ran for a score as Washington (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) won in its first trip to the Rose Bowl in five years. Aaron Fuller had five receptions for 100 yards, including a 25-yard TD catch in the first quarter that opened the scoring. - AP College Football

10/02/18 - (CB) - Myles Bryant, Jr, 5-08, 182
CB Myles Bryant played an outstanding game against BYU, recording a team-high seven tackles including two for loss and a sack. Bryant plays with a ball-hawking style similar to that of former Washington standout Budda Baker, converging on run plays frequently.

10/02/18 - (WR) - Aaron Fuller, Jr, 5-10, 186
WR Aaron Fuller has been QB Jake Browning's favorite target throughout the 2018 season, with 30 catches through five games. He scored his first touchdown of the season against Arizona State and snared a season-high eight passes last week against BYU.

10/02/18 - (RB) - Salvon Ahmed, So, 5-11, 195
RB Salvon Ahmed saw his heaviest workloads of the season against Arizona State and last week vs. BYU, rushing 10 times in each contest. He delivered, going for 71 and 86 yards. Ahmed's explosiveness provides a nice balance with four-year starting RB Myles Gaskin.

10/01/18 - (QB) - Jake Browning, Sr, 6-1, 210
Washington's Jake Browning completed 23 of 25 passes against BYU for the highest completion rate (92 percent) of the season. He was one pass short of matching the NCAA record for completion percentage in a game. Georgia's Greyson Lambert was 24 of 25 against South Carolina in 2015. - AP College Football

09/30/18 - (QB) - Jake Browning, Sr, 6-1, 210
Jake Browning completed 23 of 25 passes for 277 yards and one touchdown, and No. 11 Washington was thoroughly dominant on both sides in a 35-7 rout of No. 20 BYU on Saturday night. Washington (4-1) watched Browning play with the poise and accuracy expected of a fourth-year starting quarterback and saw its defense suffocate the Cougars (3-2). "I thought we were primed and ready for this kind of performance," Browning said. The Huskies were on the verge of their first shutout of a ranked opponent since 1990 until a muffed punt led to Lopini Katoa 1-yard TD run with 41 seconds left against Washington's backups. The Huskies last shutout of a ranked team came against Southern California nearly 30 years ago.

It was still an impressive beating by Washington over a BYU team that already owned a pair of Power Five road wins this season at Arizona and at Wisconsin. Browning spearheaded the entire performance, falling just short of matching the NCAA record for highest completion percentage in a game. Browning was 23 of 24 early in the fourth quarter when his pass attempt into the end zone caromed off the hands of Aaron Fuller and Ty Jones couldn't pull in the deflection. If either had made the catch, Browning would have matched the mark set by Greyson Lambert of Georgia, who hit 24 of 25 passes in a 2015 win over South Carolina. - AP College Football

09/25/18 - (ILB) - Ben Burr-Kirven, Sr, 6-0, 221
SEPT 24 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ben Burr-Kirven, Sr., LB, Washington (Menlo Park, Calif.)...Burr-Kirven posted a career-high 20 tackles for the highest total by a Husky in 22 years (John Fiala, 22 vs. ASU in 1996) in Washington's 27-20 victory against Arizona State. Burr-Kirven has amassed 53 total tackles this season, 30 more than any other Husky...He recorded 14 solo tackles and six assists to help UW's defense hold ASU to 268 total yards. He also forced two fumbles, recovering one of them...Burr-Kirven is the first player to win back-to-back Defensive Player of the Week honors since ASU LB Antonio Longino in 2015 (Nov. 16, 23) and the first Husky to earn back-to-back honors since CB Derrick Johnson in 2002 (Nov. 9, 17). Also nominated: Colin Schooler, LB, ARIZ; Paulson Adebo, DB, STAN; Cameron Smith, ILB, USC. - Pac-12 Football

09/25/18 - (ILB) - Ben Burr-Kirven, Sr, 6-0, 221
SEPT 17 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ben Burr-Kirven, Sr., LB, Washington (Menlo Park, Calif.))... Led the Washington defense that held Utah to just seven points and 261 yards of total offense in a 21-7 Huskies win in Salt Lake City... For the third game out of three this season, he led all tacklers with 11 total. He currently ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in tackles with 33 (11.0 per game)... Three times in the fourth quarter, the Huskies held the Utes out of the endzone despite Utah moving deep into UW territory. Early in the fourth, Utah started a drive at the UW 11, but turned the ball over on downs. Later in the fourth, Utah started at the Husky 28 and the UW 42, but came away scoreless on both occasions. Also nominated: Evan Weaver, ILB, CAL; Justin Hollins, OLB, ORE; Alameen Murphy, DB, STAN; Cody Barton, LB, UTAH; Jalen Thompson, S, WSU. - Pac-12 Football

09/12/18 - (ILB) - Ben Burr-Kirven, Sr, 6-0, 221
LB Ben Burr-Kirven is active against the run, evident in his team-leading 22 tackles through the first two games. The inside linebacker faces a new challenge Week 3, having to account for the dual-threat playmaking abilities of Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley.

09/12/18 - (WR) - Aaron Fuller, Jr, 5-10, 186
WR Aaron Fuller has firmly established himself as Washington's No. 1 pass-catching target through two games. Fuller made seven catches Week 1 against Auburn, and six in Week 2 vs. North Dakota.

09/12/18 - (QB) - Jake Browning, Sr, 6-1, 210
QB Jake Browning enters Saturday's matchup with Utah completing fewer than 60 percent of his pass attempts, and with as many interceptions as touchdowns (3). The veteran played one of his better games of the 2017 season against Utah, completing 26-of-35 pass attempts for 354 yards with two touchdowns and, perhaps most importantly, no interceptions.

09/08/18 - (QB) - Jake Browning, Sr, 6-1, 210
Jake Browning was salty, filled with irritation about his performance. He was speaking solely about himself, but the senior quarterback for No. 9 Washington might have been speaking about all of the Huskies' offense. "I don't feel like we really dominated at any point. I think we have a standard that we play to and I don't feel like we played to it. I don't feel I played to my standard of how I want to play," Browning said. "Obviously, happy that we won but not really happy with how I played."

Browning threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns, Ty Jones had two touchdown receptions , and Washington finally pulled away in the second half for a 45-3 victory over North Dakota on Saturday. The final score was misleading because it gave the impression Washington dominated a lower-division team as it should. They didn't. For three quarters Washington's offense struggled to be consistent. Browning topped 300 yards, but also threw two careless interceptions. The Huskies run game managed just 79 yards through three quarters. Myles Gaskin, the active leader nationally in career running yards beginning the season, was limited to 53 yards on 15 carries, 24 of those yards coming on one run. - AP College Football

09/04/18 - (OT) - Trey Adams, Sr, 6-7, 316
LT Trey Adams, a potential first-round pick, did not travel with Washington to Atlanta last week for its game aganist Auburn. Adams suffered an injury to his back prior to the game that Adam Jude of the Seattle Times is reporting could keep the 6-7, 327-pounder sidelined for much of the season and perhaps even trigger a redshirt year, should the senior want to return for a fifth season of college ball. Adams was coming off an ACL injury that cut short his 2017 season.

09/03/18 - (OT) - Trey Adams, Sr, 6-7, 316
OT Trey Adams is questionable for Saturday's game due to a back injury.

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