Troy Fautanu makes decision on Washington future following standout 2023 season
Troy Fautanu is leaving Washington to enter the 2024 NFL Draft.
The Huskies’ starting left tackle will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL. In a message shared on social media on Wednesday, he thanked his parents, Washington’s coaching staff, and Husky fans, saying that playing for UW “has fulfilled a lifelong dream.”
The 6-foot-4, 317-pound lineman from Nevada is widely projected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming draft.
— Troy Fautanu ™ (@tFautanu) January 10, 2024
Fautanu came to UW in the 2019 class and redshirted his first season. He played in four games a year later, then nine games in 2021 while making his first three career starts. In 2022, he entered the starting lineup and hasn’t left since.
He started the first three games of the 2022 season at left tackle before kicking inside to guard for a game and then moving back to tackle for the remainder of the year. In 2023, he started all 15 games at left tackle and was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press. He was also a first-team All-Pac-12 selection and part of a line that won the Joe Moore Award.
Among qualified tackles this season, Fautanu had the seventh-best pass-blocking grade from Pro Football Focus. He gave up just 23 quarterback pressures in 15 games.
Fautanu is ranked as the top available guard in the upcoming draft by ESPN Insider Mel Kiper Jr.