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July 12, 2007 at 3:35 PM

Assessing the receiver position

With the news today that Anthony Boyles and Devin Aguilar may not play this season, let’s look at what the Huskies do have at receiver.
Just to quickly refresh, Boyles and Aguilar were among three WRs UW signed this year in an attempt to bolster depth at a spot dominated by seniors — Alvin Logan is the other.
Boyles reportedly won’t be eligible this year, while Aguilar said today that he won’t be able to enroll until late September, at best.
That means he’d potentially have a lot of season left, with UW having 13 games in a season that stretches to Dec. 1. But it’s more realistic to figure he won’t play this year since that’s a hard transition for a true frosh to make in the best of circumstances.
So here’s what UW has at receiver, by class:
Corey Williams
Quintin Daniels
Anthony Russo
Marcel Reece
Cody Ellis

Comment: Of these players, all but Reece are fifth-year seniors, meaning they are done no matter what happens this season. Reece is a fourth-year senior but would only redshirt in the case of season-ending injury.
D’Andre Goodwin
Comment: Remember, UW is now listing players by academic year, so Goodwin is a sophomore by school standards. But he’s a redshirt freshman by normal collegiate athletic standards and has four years of eligibility left.
Alvin Logan
Comment: Logan, a native of Aurora, Colo., comes with impressive credentials, but was generally regarded as the furthest away from playing of the three WRs UW signed this year.
That’s it for the scholarship players who apparently will be in camp with the Huskies this year. It’s seven, but that’s really not a ton of depth, especially considering several of the players on the list have an unfortunate history of injuries, and two others (Goodwin and Logan) have never taken a snap.
UW also had four walk-ons in the spring —- seniors Charles Hawkins and Sho Yoshinaga, junior Ian McMilan and sophomore Tony Chidiac. Of the walk-ons, Hawkins might be the closest to being ready to play if needed, having caught three passes for 37 yards in UW’s spring game.
In the end, I’m not sure how big the impact is for this year. If all the seniors stay healthy, UW should be all right as I think Boyles and Aguilar were being counted on mostly for depth this year. And Aguilar, apparently, may be eligible later in the year, when depth could be at a premimum, meaning he might be able to help out there.
But if neither makes it in, the Huskies will obviously need to recruit a ton of receivers this year.
Quick aside — I’ll be away from the computer for most of the rest of the night due to a family commitment, so any other questions or comments I’ll try to get to later.



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