A year ago against Cal, Jaydon Mickens had the best game of his Husky career, hauling in six catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-17 victory at Husky Stadium.
This week’s trip to Berkeley would be a nice time for UW’s junior receiver to have another breakthrough game. The Huskies (4-1, 0-1 Pac-12) are last in the Pac-12 in passing offense, averaging just 162.6 yards, while Cal is dead last among 128 FBS teams in allowing 427.8 yards passing per game.
“I know their defensive backs very well,” Mickens said Tuesday. “I’ve been playing against some of those guys since my freshman year, and then I also played against them last year. So I know those guys well. They’re going to come out and play their brand of football … and they’re going to play hard, we know that.”
In that same game against Cal last year, senior receiver Kasen Williams suffered a season-ending leg injury. He’s still working his way back into top form from that.
“Slowly but surely. It’s been coming back,” Mickens said. “You’ve seen him jumping over some guys and get some crazy catches already. … He’s been phenomenal. Phenomenal. Looks like the old Kasen I know.”
The receivers are continue to work on building chemistry with sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles.
“Cyler’s picking up this offense fast. He’s picking it up fast,” Mickens said. “He’s just going to get more comfortable in the offense and he’s going to get way better. His potential is through the roof and everyone knows it. He’s just going to get better, we’re going to get better as a team and we’re going to be on the same page with him. Everything doesn’t (always) go right, so when things don’t go right, we’re going to stay behind him and play how we know how to play.”