Huskies’ defensive end Shirley to transfer

  • By Christian Caple The News Tribune
  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014 7:15pm
  • SportsSports

SEATTLE — Washington’s defensive line depth took a hit on Wednesday.

Huskies coach Chris Petersen announced via statement that fifth-year senior defensive end Josh

Shirley and seldom-used, third-year sophomore offensive lineman Taylor Hindy have left the UW football team and intend to transfer.

Shirley’s departure had been rumored for a while. He sat out much of the second half of the Huskies’ spring practices with an undisclosed illness, and fans began speculating about his future after he didn’t participate in UW’s “Husky Combine” workout on May 20. Shirley posted a photo on his Instagram

Tuesday of himself on a jet ski with the accompanying message: “Seattle it’s been real. Had to have one final ride. #illbeback #TurnThePage #NextChapter”

Shirley finishes his UW career with 18 sacks and 74 tackles in three seasons. He will be a fifth-year senior in 2014, meaning he will be immediately eligible to play elsewhere so long as he obtains his degree from UW.

A 6-foot-3, 228-pound native of Fontana, Calif., and a standout at Kaiser High School, Shirle originally signed with UCLA and coach Rick Neuheisel in 2010. But after being arrested in connection with the theft of a student’s backpack in June of 2010 — along with now-Seahawks receiver Paul Richardson and his cousin, cornerback Shaquille Richardson — the three players were dismissed from the program before school started.

Shirley transferred to UW to play for coach Steve Sarkisian, who had recruited him heavily, and agreed to redshirt the 2010 season as a condition of playing for the Huskies. Paul Richardson wound up at Colorado — he became the Seahawks’ second-round draft pick this year — and Shaquille Richardson transferred to Arizona.

Shirley made his debut in 2011, when he played in every game, made seven starts, and had 8.5 sacks. That total dropped to 6.5 in 2012 and 3.0 last season.

Hindy, a 6-foot-4, 318-pound lineman from West Hills, Calif., and Chaminade Prep, appeared in two games in 2013, against Idaho State and Colorado.

UW-Hawaii moved to 7:30

UW’s season opener will kick off late for fans watching on the west coast.

Originally scheduled for 5 p.m. PDT, the Huskies’ Aug. 30 game at Hawaii has been moved to a 7:30

p.m. PDT start. That’s 4:30 p.m. Hawaii time. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

More in Sports

WSU defensive lineman voted a first-team All-American

Washington’s Pettis and WSU’s O’Connell make the second team; UW’s Vea earns a spot on the third team

An ugly ending as Seahawks lose to Jaguars, 30-24

The other bad news: The Jacksonville Jaguars intercepted Russell Wilson three times.

It’s official: NL MVP Stanton now slugging for the Yankees

The Yankees announce they have acquired the slugger from the Marlins in a four-player deal

All Cs and Ds: Grading the Seahawks in loss to Jaguars

Seattle’s defensive unit earns one of its lowest marks of the season.

Seahawks gave the Jaguars a scare in the fourth quarter

Down 27-10, Seattle rallied with a pair of long touchdown passes.

Silvertips run their winning streak to nine straight

Bryce Kindopp scores the winning goal with 18 remaining in a 4-3 victory over Tri-City

Williams leads No. 12 Gonzaga to 97-70 rout of Washington

The contest was the first game in Seattle between the in-state foes since 2005

Seahawks Notebook: Eddie Lacy inactive for game with Jaguars

The decision not to use the veteran running back saved the Seahawks $62,500

Washington State dismisses top receiver Tavares Martin Jr.

He lead the Cougars with 70 catches and nine touchdowns in the regular season

Most Read