Huskies look to hoops for help at defensive end

Washington has a new defensive end. He averaged 1.8 points per game for the Huskies basketball team this season.

The school announced Tuesday that Clarence Trent, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound freshman from Tacoma, will participate in spring practices, a decision that was fully endorsed by basketball coach Lorenzo Romar.

"Clarence approached me earlier in the year and expressed his interest in playing football at the University of Washington and I told him we'd revisit it after the season," Romar said in a statement. "I had some conversations with [head coach Steve Sarkisian] Sark about it and when they agreed to do it, Clarence was excited and we were excited for him. He will still remain a part of our basketball team and it will be much like the situation when Nate Robinson played football at Washington and yet walked on for basketball that year. So, he is still very much a part of our basketball team and he will do both."

Robinson was a starting cornerback for Washington before quitting to concentrate on basketball.

Defensive end is a need position because the Huskies lost starting defensive ends Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Darrion Jones, and Kalani Aldrich and Everrette Thompson are both out of spring practices with injuries. Meanwhile, Andru Pulu faces a second-degree assault charge and has been indefinitely suspended from the team. The Seattle Times reported that Pulu pleaded not guilty in a hearing Tuesday.