Dec 22, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Boise State Broncos receiver Chris Potter (3) is tackled by Washington Huskies safety Will Shamburger (13) in the fourth quarter in the 2012 Maaco Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. Boise State defeated Washington 28-26. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Huskies 2012 Evaluations: S Will Shamburger

November 02, 2012; Berkeley, CA, USA; Washington Huskies safety Will Shamburger (13) is called for pass interference against California Golden Bears wide receiver Chris Harper (6) during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. Washington won 21-13. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Statistics: 20 total tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 sacks.

What He Did In 2012: Backed up senior Justin Glenn at free safety, and though he was often listed as the co-starter, he functioned as if he were a clear-cut second-string guy behind Glenn, who played his last UW football in ’12. Looking at his 2012 stats, I was actually a little surprised that it was just the 20 total tackles and nothing else. He seemed like he saw the field a lot, and often performed pretty well. He was around the ball a decent amount and he never stood out as a guy getting beat in pass coverage on a regular basis.

What I Expect Of Him In 2013: I think based on the fact that he was listed as a co-starter at free safety, coupled with Glenn’s loss to graduation, Shamburger should be the favorite to start at the position in ’13. It’s possible a younger guy could take the spot, but beyond maybe redshirt freshman Brandon Beaver, who made the move from corner to safety during his redshirt 2012, I don’t see anyone likely to leapfrog him. He’s a good player, but I’ll admit that I don’t really know what to expect of him as a full-time starter, especially statistically with so many other talented defensive backs and linebackers roaming around the field alongside him.

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