The Huskies begin their second week of spring drills Monday morning.
While the team continues to have lots of questions that won’t be answered until the season begins, one spot that’s set is Kasen Williams stepping into a fulltime starting role at receiver.
Williams got three starts last season in putting together what was one of the best freshman seasons ever by a UW receiver.
In fact, I hadn’t really realized where his freshman season stood in UW history until putting together this story on Williams that ran in Monday’s print edition.
Here’s a chart showing the top seasons, in terms of receiving yards, for a UW freshman receiver:
Reggie Williams, 2001, 973
Kasen Williams, 2011, 427
James Johnson, 2009, 422
Chris Juergens, 1998, 414
Jason Shelley, 1992, 382
Paul Skansi, 1979, 378
Scott Phillips, 1973, 369
UPDATE — Since first posting this, realize James Johnson should also have been on the list, so I’ve updated this to include him.
Some of you are probably already howling about Austin Seferian-Jenkins. If you included tight ends, he would surpass Kasen Williams and move into second with 538 receiving yards last season.
Regardless, the above chart shows the kind of season Kasen Williams had, when compared historically to other UW frosh, even if — as the story details — everyone involved thinks there’s a lot of room for improvement.
The story also details Williams saying he’s gotten a little bigger and stronger over the off-season, and that he isn’t participating in track and field this spring, concentrating for now on football.