Which Washington football redshirt freshmen have the potential to be named a freshman All-American?
Washington football put together an absolutely loaded recruiting class in 2018, and now that most of them seem ready to play, which members of that class have the potential to be named freshman All-Americans? We saw a ton of members of the class of 2018 play against Eastern Washington, and a lot of them look to be in line for bigger roles during the 2019 campaign.
This is a bit of a long shot, because we never know how the Huskies are going to rotate their running backs, but if Richard Newton continues to play like he did in the first game of the year it’s a no brainer. He displayed power, speed, and a great ability to run between the tackles, which with the way the Huskies run the ball, could lead to some big time numbers.
Jackson Sirmon looks like he’s physically ready to start and dominate Pac-12 competition. He’s a big, strong guy with great agility and a high football IQ. With the way the Husky defensive line can eat up space in the middle, they can open up a ton of lanes for Sirmon to shoot gaps and eat up plays, which will lead to a lot of TFL’s and national exposure for him, and potentially a spot on a freshman All-American team.
Probably the most popular choice from the 2018 class, Kyler Gordon earned himself a starting spot in a very talented defensive backs room, and even won the “Best Hands in the Room” award by securing the most interceptions during fall camp. While he started off a little shaky against Eastern (he got flagged twice for holding) if Keith Taylor has the season that most Husky fans are projecting he will, Gordon is going to get a lot of opportunities to shine, and he’ll take advantage of them, which could lead to some Byron Murphy-esque stats.
There were rumors swirling last year that the Huskies didn’t really want to play any of the receivers they brought in (Marquis Spiker, Austin Osborne, and Trey Lowe) because they wanted to keep them on the scout team to gain chemistry with Jacob Eason. Osborne also has the ability to line up anywhere on the field, from the slot to outside the numbers. And if the passing game continues to be successful, expect a heavy rotation of guys in there to keep defenses on their toes. When Osborne hits the field with Eason, he’ll be unstoppable.