Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Top Washington sleepers
By Mason Kelley
Top five sleepers
RB Bishop Sankey Class: 2011 If there were any doubts about Sankey’s ability, he quieted his critics during his sophomore season. Pressed into a starting role because of injuries, Sankey flourished, rushing for 1,439 yards and 16 touchdowns.
LB Travis Feeney Class: 2011 Feeney started his redshirt freshman season at safety, but moved to linebacker due to injuries. He made the most of his opportunity to find the field and was one of Washington’s most impressive performers on defense, finishing the year with 76 total tackles, four sacks and a pair of interceptions.
LB Cory Littleton Class: 2012 Rated a three-star prospect coming out of high school, Littleton wasn’t expected to contribute right away. He didn’t play in the Huskies’ first four games, but found himself in the starting lineup at Oregon, the first of nine games he played in his true freshman season.
OL Ben Riva Class: 2010 Coming out of high school, Riva was rated a three-star prospect. He had a good frame, but needed to develop. He has packed on more than 20 pounds since joining the program, molding himself into a right tackle capable of holding his own in the Pac-12.
LB John Timu Class: 2010 After suffering a devastating injury his senior season at Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan, Timu grayshirted in 2010. He went from a quarterback/safety in high school to a starting linebacker in Washington’s defense as a freshman. He has packed on about 40 pounds during his time with the Huskies and finished his sophomore season with 91 tackles.