Two Washington players have decided to leave Chris Petersen‘s program, according to a report on Wednesday. The Seattle Times reports, with a confirmation from a Washington spokesperson, senior defensive end Josh Shirley and sophomore offensive lineman Taylor Hindy are no longer a part of the program.
So where will Shirley be heading now? A school in southern California seems to make the most sense since he reportedly wants to play closer to home (he is from Fontana, California). As The Seattle Times makes note, Shirley initially signed with UCLA out of high school but he never saw a down on the field. He was dismissed by UCLA in the summer of 2010 following a charge for suspicion of felony theft. It did not take long before Shirley found a second chance at Washington with head coach Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian is now the head coach at USC. Might Shirley look to return closer to home and play for Sarkisian once more?
Shirley got off to a good start at Washington, but his production has been scaled back each year since his debut as a freshman. Perhaps a chance of scenery could do some good for him though as he wraps up his collegiate career.
There is no indication at this time where Hindy may go from here, or why he left the program.