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Huskies Shine in Combine

 

Taylor, Thompson, King, Feeney, Ross, Washington all stand out during Tuesday's testing

SEATTLE - For the first time ever, Washington's combine testing was made open to the media and public, and we got to see first-hand Tuesday morning in the Dempsey Indoor what the football players could do as pure athletes. Tested in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle (t-test), L-Cone test, vertical jump and standing broad jump, you would have expected the skill athletes to have excelled - and they did.

Kevin King was the unofficial 'King of the Combine', scoring in the top-three results in four of the five combine drills. He had the top L-Cone drill with a blistering 6.33, was second in the vertical jump with a 37.5-inch effort, and was third in two other events. At 6-foot-2 and 181 pounds, the sophomore from the Bay Area showed that he's got more than enough athleticism to play either safety or slot if he needed to in a pinch.

Kendyl Taylor, the 5-foot-10, 203-pound sophomore receiver from Arizona, dazzled in the vertical jump and shuttle, posting 40.5 inches and 3.90 seconds, respectively. Those are NFL-type numbers. Anything over 40 inches is rarified air, and anything under 4 seconds in the shuttle is flying.

We all knew that Dwayne Washington was an exceptional athlete for his size, but the 6-foot-2, 221-pound converted receiver showed beyond a shadow of a doubt that he's the most athletic big man on the Huskies' squad. He was top-4 in four drills, winning the standing broad jump with a leap of 10'9.25" - three inches farther than his closest teammate. He tied another big man, linebacker Travis Feeney, for the third-fastest 40 time on the day at 4.44, a remarkable .15 off the top time set by speed merchant John Ross.

Shaquille Thompson wasn't far behind Taylor in the shuttle, running a blazing 3.99 at 231 pounds. He also showed off his agility in the L-Cone, clicking off a 6.57, better than Washington's 6.63. 

To get the top-5 times for each drill, as well as interviews and quotes by Shaquille Thompson, Hauoli Kikaha, and DiAndre Campbell, go to dawgman.com for the full wrap up on the day's events.

-Chris Fetters
@Chris_Fetters

 

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