Walks ons: Some we knew about, some we didn't

ANDREW FURNEY

FALL CAMP IS opening at Washington State and with it comes the official list of invited walk ons. CF.C has reported over the months about a number of them that were expected, but as always, there never fails to be a surprise or two or three ...

As expected, the group is headlined by all-state kicker and punter Jake Miller of Spokane's Central Valley High and record-setting kicker Andrew Furney of Burlington-Edison.

Other names that were expected include the speedy Sealby brothers from Wenatchee (Jacob and Lucas Sealby), standout lineman Brent Anderson of Kennewick, Craig Ehlo's son Austin Ehlo, a receiver from Spokane's Lewis & Clark High, and quarterback Gordy Anderson of South Kitsap.

But that's just the beginning.

Also in the mix this August are receiver Bennett Bontemps (5-11, 188) of Puyallup; receiver Justin Amundsen, a sophomore from Federal Way; defensive end Austin Graves of Kennewick; linebacker Anthony Hammock of Oakridge, Oregon; tight end Zach Johnson of Stanwood; defensive end Jeff Waldner of Olympia; and safety Jack Wilson of Spokane's Gonzaga Prep.

In addition, Woodinville's Justin Mann, who transferred to WSU last winter from UCLA, is back in the fold on the defensive line. He'll be a third-year sophomore this season.

THE TWO SPECIALISTS, Miller and Furney, would appear to offer the most intrigue this season given the troubles incumbent placekicker Nico Grasu has last season.

Miller last season earned Seattle Times all-classifications All-State honors at punter and Tacoma New Tribune all-classifications All-State plaudits at kicker. He averaged 41.3 yards per punt, and made 25 of 27 PATs and 8 of 10 field goals, including a long of 50.

Furney is the all-time high school leader in career field goals in the state of Washington with 33. He also tied the state record for most makes in a season in 2009, with 14. He connected on 44-of-44 extra points his senior season, with 17 touchbacks on 59 kickoffs. He was named AP Class 2A All-State three straight years.

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