Kasen Williams, one of Washington’s most accomplished wide receivers in school history, has as many tackles as he does receptions over the Huskies’ last five games:
“There’s nothing negative,” UW receivers coach Brent Pease said Wednesday, when asked about Williams’ attitude. “He’s always working hard. He takes a good approach and he communicates. …. He still works hard. I still think his foot (injury) still has a limiting factor to what’s happened to him, and I think he’s worked through that. Is where he was at? I don’t know because I didn’t know him at that stage. But I think he’s still trying to work through (the injury) in some ways. But he’s had a great attitude.”
Williams had a devastating injury in October 2013 when broke his left fibula and a bone in his left foot. He needed surgery and missed all of spring ball with UW’s new coaching staff this year.
On the season, he has seven catches for 52 yards and one touchdown in 10 games, and UW’s two freshmen receivers, Dante Pettis and Bryaden Lenius, have emerged with more consistent playing time.
UW coach Chris Petersen described the Huskies’ passing game as “painful” after Saturday’s 44-30 loss to UCLA. The Huskies rank last in the Pac-12 with an average of 177.0 yards per game. First-year starting QB Cyler Miles completed 14 of 24 passes for 155 yards with no touchdowns and one interception against UCLA; just half of those 14 receptions went to receivers.
Williams has not been available for interviews since September.
“I wouldn’t be a competitor if I sat here and said I was OK with the production from the wideouts or my personal production, because I think it’s clear: Everybody knows I’m not playing as big a role as I used to,” Williams told The Seattle Times on Sept. 20. “The competitor in me is just wanting the ball.”
He’s had two caches since then.