These seven true freshmen could help the Huskies this season.

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In 2014, the Huskies played eight true freshmen. In 2015, they played 10 of them.

As the program has accumulated greater depth — particularly on defense — the Huskies could benefit from utilizing a redshirt season for more newcomers this year.

So stacked is the defensive secondary, for example, that the likes of Isaiah Gilchrist and Kentrell Love — both high-profile cornerback signees in the Class of 2016 — spent most of fall camp working with the third-string defense. In the past two years, both almost surely would have been pressed into action early. Now they have a chance to spend this season learning and growing and developing, which should benefit both player and program down the road.

UW coaches have said they will wait until the end of this week to make final determinations on which true freshmen will play this season. Until then, here’s a look at seven of true freshmen who could contribute:

Camilo Eifler, 6-2, 217, inside linebacker: Eifler has shared third-team reps in camp with redshirt freshmen Kyler Manu, among others, behind Keishawn Bierria and DJ Beavers. As with most true freshmen, Eifler’s ability to help on special teams will be the tipping point for whether he plays or redshirts.

Aaron Fuller, 5-10, 198, wide receiver: Depth is an issue at receiver, but that’s only part of the reason Fuller will almost certainly play right away. The main reason: His hands can help this offense.

Sean McGrew, 5-7, 170, running back: A year ago at this time, UW coaches weren’t sure they would have enough carries to give to their true freshman running back. The initial inclination was to have Myles Gaskin redshirt. By the end of the season, all Gaskin did was rush for more than 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns. McGrew, as the fourth-string running back during camp, is not exactly in the same boat as Gaskin was last year, but the Gatorade California player of the year has shown enough the past two weeks that coaches are still pondering how he might fit in the offense. Bottom line: The window for UW’s elite defense won’t stay open forever, and it make sense for the Huskies to use all the offensive playmakers they have to try to keep up.

Byron Murphy, 5-11, 170, cornerback: The highest-ranked recruit ever to sign with Chris Petersen, Murphy is already one of the best all-around athletes on the team and might have the best hands of any of the defensive backs. He’s been running with the No. 2 defense.

Taylor Rapp, 6-0, 202, safety: The Sehome High School product arrived at UW in January, and even with the great depth at safety he’s ready to help on defense and special teams.

Brandon Wellington, 5-11, 216, inside linebacker: The former two-way star at Eastside Catholic had two interceptions in Friday’s scrimmage for the third-team defense (and he dropped a potential pick-six). He could be another special-teams stalwart.

Amandre Williams, 6-2, 223, outside linebacker: The former QB at Tahoma High also arrived on campus in time for spring ball and that head start has helped him earn the job as the No. 3 strong-side linebacker behind Psalm Wooching and Tevis Bartlett.