Washington Huskies 2012 Evaluations: LB Travis Feeney


October 6, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla (15) runs the ball against Washington Huskies linebacker Travis Feeney (41) in the first half at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Statistics: 70 total tackles, 4 sacks, and 2 interceptions in 11 games.

What He Did In 2012: Feeney did a lot more as a redshirt freshman than I expected from him. He made the transition to outside linebacker look easy, and even though his 6’4″ 209 pound frame isn’t exactly prototypical for a linebacker, he was all over the field, and at times he seemed to take over games with his range and intensity. Still, he was sometimes a bit inconsistent. It’s very clear that he is still growing into a complete player, but the fact that he put up such solid numbers so early in his development says a lot about his potential.

What I Expect Of Him In 2013: I assume that Feeney is planning to work towards putting on some weight throughout the off-season. If he succeeds to bulk up to 215 or 220, in combination with another full offseason to learn the linebacker position, I think a big jump is very possible. The four sacks and two picks last year also showed that he was a versatile play-maker, and I would be shocked if the coaching staff didn’t begin to use his pass-rushing skills as a real weapon. My best guess? 80 or 90 tackles, seven or eight sacks, a few picks, and a lot more recognition than he got in 2012.