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May 21, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Post-spring positon review — receivers

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We continue our post-spring overview of Washington’s position groupings with a look at the receivers.
RECEIVERS
POST-SPRING DEPTH CHART
WR — Jermaine Kearse, Jr./D’Andre Goodwin, Sr./Luther Leonard, So.
WR — Devin Aguilar, Jr./Jordan Polk, Jr./William Chandler, Fr.
WR — James Johnson, So./Cody Bruns, Jr.
NEWCOMERS ARRIVING IN THE FALL
DiAndre Campbell, Fr.; Kevin Smith, Fr.
POST-SPRING OVERVIEW: This ranks as one of UW’s strongest positions in terms of top-flight talent entering the 2010 season. Kearse was an all-conference second-teamer last year with 50 catches for 866 yards and is already receiving (a fitting word) some mention as an all-conference candidate this year. Kearse projects as one of the better deep-threat candidates in the Pac-10.
Aguilar, while fully capable of the big play, is a little more of the possession-receiver type and had 42 catches for 593 yards last season.
Johnson (pictured scoring against LSU) had a solid season for a true freshman with 39 catches for 422 yards and had a good spring in which he appeared a little bigger and seemingly more able to handle the punishment of a full college football season after wearing down a little late in 2009.
Due to those three, expect UW’s receiving corps to get some mention as among the best in the conference heading into 2010.
Depth remains a little bit of an issue, however, even though there are experienced guys serving as backups at each spot, including Goodwin, who had 60 catches in 2008. Goodwin, Bruns and Polk all missed some time in the spring with injuries and none really stepped forward to stake a claim as the No. 4 WR, though Polk recovered to have a nice spring game with a game-high seven catches for 46 yards. Chandler, a walk-on, worked for a time as the No. 4 WR with the others ailing.
But if those three return to health, the Huskies could have good depth to go along with proven quality at the top, only strengthening this group (and with only Goodwin a senior, putting in good shape for a couple of years, as well).
The Huskies will add to the depth in the fall with the addition of true freshmen Smith and Campbell, giving UW nine scholarship receivers in 2010. Given the depth and injury issues in the spring, each figures to have a chance to work their way into the rotation this fall.
(And for those who may wonder, the receiving positions are more clearly defined than simply listing as WR, as I have done here, and at some point, I’ll break that down. But the reality is that three WRs are also pretty interchangeable, each playing multiple spots. It’s also pretty accurate to list three WRs as starters considering that each started the majority of games last year — Aguilar and Kearse each had nine starts and Johnson seven and the WR corps had 30 overall, indicating that the Huskies usually began in three-receiver sets.)
Here is the post-spring assessment of the position from UW coach Steve Sarkisian:

“Our top three guys are playing like top three guys when you look at Kearse, Aguilar and Johnson. They made plays all spring and were competitive and we are really, really excited about those three. A little bit of a disappointment was the next three guys because of the injury factor — Goodwin, Jordan Polk and Cody Bruns. I was really hoping to see one of those three guys really emerge as the fourth guy to make this unit strong, and unfortunately they all had to battle through stuff. So that competition is going to continue through the fall, But it is a deep group, and then we add two more guys here in the fall in Kevin Smith and DiAndre Campbell, so it’s going to be exciting.”

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