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Husky Football Blog

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November 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM

UW’s Sarkisian on freshman John Ross: ‘His best days are ahead of him’

John Ross and the Husky bench think he has a 90-plus kick return for a touchdown in the second half, but a holding call brings it back. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

John Ross and the Husky bench think he has a 90-plus kick return for a touchdown in the second half, but a holding call brings it back. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said he spent three years recruiting John Ross out of Los Angeles.

“He’s always been very mature,” Sarkisian said, “and he’s always been really fast.”

Sarkisian was hopeful that the speedy freshman receiver could have the sort of immediate impact he’s had for the Huskies this season.

“(Ross) wants to be great, and he works at it,” Sarkisian said. “I think he’s got a high football IQ. He’s a guy that is much more comfortable in the system and the details we’re demanding of him in the system, and I think he understands that. Obviously, him catching the ball, running the ball, the return game — he’s a guy that can have an impact on any game, and we’re hopeful he has an impact Friday night (at UCLA).”

Ross has 15 receptions for 201 yards and one touchdown this season.

“You’re starting to see his body mature now, just some of the short amount of lifting he’s done with us in the summer and fall,” Sarkisian said. “I think his best days are ahead of him — in a year or two years from now he’s really going to be elite because he’ll be even stronger.”

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