Budda Baker dazzles at Husky Combine

On Sunday, Washington hosted its third annual Husky Combine, an event -- open to the public -- that allows the players to compete in combine events before they start spring practices on March 28.

It gave the media a chance to see what players have been working on since the end of the season and how ready they are for spring ball. The big surprise of the day was the fact wide receiver John Ross, who missed last season due to a knee injury, hasn't missed a step. Rather, he has caught up and then some, clocking a team-best 4.25 (hand-timed) 40-yard dash. Two seasons ago he had clocked a 4.29 at the event.

"It's amazing," safety Budda Baker told The Seattle Times. "We do player practices and just seeing him run routes and running deep balls just makes me really excited for him. ... He looks great. He's going to be a huge difference [maker] for Washington football."

While Ross' return and performances were a pleasant surprise, Baker's output on the day likely surprised no one. The star of the Washington defense came back faster and bigger than he was at the end of last season (up to 184 pounds from 171 pounds) and clocking a 4.35 40-yard dash.

Baker said the main thing for him in getting his 40 time down was working on his start, since last season he just relied on his athleticism.

"Coaches helped a lot with my first 10 steps, because usually your first 10 yards is going to tell you what your 40 is," Baker told The News Tribune. "I'm very happy I got better at that, but there's always room for improvement."

Washington tweeted out the following top 5's for the days events:

40-yard dash:

Three-cone drill:

Vertical jump:

Broad jump:

  • Dotson - 11'01"

  • King - 10'10"

  • Miller - 10'09"

  • Pettis - 10'08 3/4"

  • WR Forrest Dunivin - 10'07 1/2"

Pro agility: