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March 17, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Counting down the 10 best Huskies — Number Nine

Whoops. This was originally the Kavario Middleton entry of our list of Top 10 Huskies. It unfortunately got written over and erased so I don’t have the original still here for anyone who read it the first time.
Anyway, my thought on Middleton is that he showed all kinds of potential in the first game of the season, with the four catches against Oregon, before he suffered a knee injury against BYU that seemed to stall his momentum — he caught only four more passes the rest of the way.
He also lost playing time to senior Michael Gottlieb, who the coaches felt was a better all-around player a year ago with more knowledge of the offense and a more accomplished blocking. Blocking remains the biggest area of needed improvement for Middleton.
Members of the former coaching staff, specifically offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, said Middleton had to get a little more serious about his approach to the weight room and conditioning. A new coaching staff and a year of maturity, one would figure, would spur him to do just that, though we’ll start to see for certain once spring practice rolls around next week.
What we do know is that if Middleton does get healthy and in optimum shape and comfortable with the playbook, there would seem to be all the potential in the world for him to make a major impact on this team.
And in particular, that’s because new coach Steve Sarkisian has shown a liking for using the tight end. When he was the OC at USC in 2007, Trojan tight end Fred Davis won the John Mackey Award as the best TE in the country after catching 62 passes.
It would be risky yet to assume that Middleton can produce those kinds of numbers. But the potential appears there for a major step up soon.
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