Here’s a look at the new scholarship players participating in spring practice:
Toa Lobendahn, center: No new player will be under more scrutiny than Lobendahn, who could replace last year’s starter, Marcus Martin. He will need to learn a lot in spring if he wants to start on the offensive line as a true freshman.
Claude Pelon, defensive tackle: The junior-college transfer is expected to be part of the playing rotation next season and should be a key contributor immediately with some players limited during spring drills. Pelon was a JC All-American at Mesa Community College with 52 tackles last season.
Jalen Greene, quarterback: He is one of the more intriguing players to watch this spring because he is the only quarterback with the athletic ability to run or pass. But it is probably farcical to expect him to make an impact as a true freshman. Even Max Browne was way behind last spring.
Jordan Austin, offensive tackle: He is still 17 years old and just a few months out of high school but will get plenty of practice experience with only eight healthy scholarship linemen for spring practice. He is expected to redshirt next season.
Don Hill, outside linebacker: He will miss spring practice as he recovers from an Achilles’ injury suffered last season at Timberline High School in Boise, Idaho. Hill originally committed to Washington but switched after Steve Sarkisian left for USC.