Follow us:

Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM

A couple reasons for optimism for UW’s long-dormant return game

Huskies receiver Marvin Hall thought he ran in a touchdown, but went out of bounds on this carry in the third quarter as the University of Washington Huskies beat the the Portland State Vikings 52-13 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Saturday Sept. 15, 2012. Portland State's Keitrell Anderson trails hall.

Huskies receiver Marvin Hall thought he ran in a touchdown, but went out of bounds on this carry in the third quarter as the University of Washington Huskies beat the the Portland State Vikings 52-13 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Saturday Sept. 15, 2012. Portland State’s Keitrell Anderson trails hall. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

Washington hasn’t had a punt returned for a touchdown since 2003, and hasn’t had a kickoff returned for a TD since 2007.*

Stunning, right?

Mercifully, there were signs of life in Tuesday’s scrimmage. The hype continues to build around true freshman receiver John Ross, who at 173 pounds is already looking like quickest and most elusive player on the field. He proved that when he returned a punt about 50 yards Tuesday, side-stepping and zooming passed crowds of would-be tacklers, before finally getting tripped up at the 20-yard line.

Sophomore Marvin Hall followed with a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown later in the scrimmage. Hall, as a true freshman last season, had just two catches for 21 yards, but proved most effective as a return man — nearly bringing a kick back against Portland State (above). He finished with 16 kick returns, average 22.3 yards per, and six punt returns, averaging 5.5 yards.

Jaydon Mickens had a team-high 19 kickoff returns last season (averaging 21.5), Kevin Smith had five for 83 yards, Shaq Thompson had two for 46 yards and Greg Ducre had one for 15 yards. (I haven’t noticed Thompson participating in return drills during fall camp; not sure if that’s in the plans going forward.)

Kasen Williams has also been in the mix on punt returns, along with Marcus Peters, Mickens, Smith and Jermaine Kelly.

*Charles Frederick returned a punt 86 yards at Oregon State on Oct. 18, 2003; Louis Rankin returned a kickoff 89 yards against Washington State on Nov. 24, 2007

A few links:

Steve Sarkisian said he hopes to know more on Austin Seferian-Jenkins‘ broken pinkie later this week. It’s unclear how long ASJ will be out.

Meantime, ASJ made ESPN’s list of top 25 players in the Pac-12. Sounds about right.

Speaking of great punt returners for UW, Hardcore Husky catches up with Beno Bryant.

0 Comments

COMMENTS

READER NOTE: Our commenting system has changed. Find out more.

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►