3 Breakout Stars for Washington Football in 2018

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 16: Wide receiver Dante Pettis
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SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Chris Petersen of the Washington Huskies celebrates with his team after defeating the Washington State Cougars 41-14 at Husky Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Chris Petersen of the Washington Huskies celebrates with his team after defeating the Washington State Cougars 41-14 at Husky Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

Camilo Eifler

Lineback Camilo Eifler is a highly touted 4-star recruit from the class of 2016.  Standing 6-foot-1 and weighing in at 213 pounds, he has all the physical attributes needed to succeed in the NCAA.  On top of all that, he is a freak athlete who completely understands the linebacker spot.

Coach Petersen brought in two elite linebackers, the first in thunderously hard-hitting linebacker  M.J. Tafisi as well as lightning quick linebacker Brandon Kaho.  They come in as true freshmen.  But Eifler is a redshirt freshman who has learned the system for two years. Now, he’s ready to show the team just what he can do.  Fueled by that patience and knowledge, he is eager to tear up the Pac-12 in 2018. Since the Huskies say farewell to both Azeem Victor and Keishawn Beirria, he will likely get that chance.

Eifler will be a prime candidate to step up and fill a vacancy.  In fact, he is already turning heads.  Linebackers coach Bob Gregory has called Eifler “the most explosive guy we have on the team”.  That being said, his development has taken a little bit of time. You see, Eifler only played two years of organized football before coming to Washington.

He tested incredibly well at the Husky combine, including recording a 39.5 inch vertical jump.  The most anticipated aspect is packaging his vast athleticism into the defense.  Should he work well at the spot, he will see a giant uptick in playing time.