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UW Huskies tight end Hunter Bryant ‘on track’ to potentially return late this season

Plus, three UW walk-ons were recently awarded scholarships.

Adam Jude

Come November, the Huskies could get a major piece of their offense back on the field.

Tight end Hunter Bryant, an ESPN Freshman All-American in 2017, is “on track” to potentially return late this season, Washington coach Chris Petersen said Thursday.

“He’s doing really well,” Petersen said. “We’re kind of on the same plan we’ve been on all season long. We said early on that there’s a chance he could play at the end of the year, and we’re on track.”

Bryant injured his knee in late October 2017 and aggravate the injury earlier this year. He had surgery in June.

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“We had our plan from the start,” Petersen said. “We planned on playing him late, and as long as his health holds up, we’re just sticking to that plan.”

Austin Joyner’s status uncertain

It sounds as if junior defensive back Austin Joyner could miss his second straight game. Joyner remains in concussion protocol.

“He’s a work in progress,” Petersen said. “We’re still figuring out his whole situation.”

Three walk-ons awarded scholarships

Three fifth-year senior walk-ons — Jake Wambaugh, Matt Preston and Sean Vergara — were recently awarded scholarships.

“Awesome. Love it. Great kids. True Dawgs. Lot of hard work here,” Petersen said.

Vergara, a defensive back from Selah, has appeared in two games this season, posting one tackle in the win over BYU last Saturday.

Wambaugh, a linebacker from San Diego, appeared in all 13 games last season, and in five games this season he has seven tackles.

Preston, a linebacker from Corona, Calif., has appeared in four games this season.

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