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2012 UW Wide Receivers

Looking at the current roster, with minimal attention paid to the 2012 recruiting class.

Who They Lose

Jermaine Kearse

Devin Aguilar

Kearse had a very contentious career for a guy who is probably one of the five or so greatest receivers ever at UW.  He made play after play and caught a huge amount of touchdowns.  I can’t get the Husky record book to open right now, but he’s near the top in a number of categories.  The consistent issues with drops plagued Kearse.  More than a few had major effects on games and kept him from being a huge fan favorite.  He was never quite what he could have been because of the drops, but he is still a huge threat to replace.  Aguilar was a little more consistent but not quite the playmaking threat that Kearse was.  Still, he made a lot of catches at critical moments.  Replacing these two is a fairly tall order.  They both had flaws, but they are clearly one of the better WR combos the Huskies have ever had.

Who Is Back

Kasen Williams- Sophomore

James Johnson- Senior

Cody Bruns- Senior

Kevin Smith- Junior

The saving grace in an otherwise lackluster group is Williams.  It took him half the season to get going, but once he did, all the hype he brought with him seemed inadequate to the actual talent he possesses.  He looked faster than expected, and his overall athleticism is ridiculous.  His leap over a Cougar in the Apple Cup is already legendary.  I expect Kasen will take a huge jump forward this year and be one of the best receivers in a conference full of good ones. Continue reading

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Huskies at the Quarter Pole

It’s hard to believe, but the Husky season is already at the quarter point.  Our Dawgs’ have the record we all expected them to have after 3 games, 2-1, even if they’ve taken a strange route to get there.

September started with a game against Eastern Washington where the Huskies were outplayed in almost every area of the game.  They got the win, but panic ensued around Husky nation and people were upset.  Next, Hawaii came in and the Dawgs came out on fire.  They jumped to a 21-0 lead and seemed like a team who could compete with the best of the best.  Then they let Hawaii back into it and held on for a victory.  The Huskies were 2-0 for the first time since 2007 but neither victory provided a ton of confidence in the team.

Yesterday, they went into one of the toughest places to play in the country.  They stood toe-to-toe with Nebraska in the first half, and by all accounts would have had the lead going into halftime if it weren’t for a terrible call.  Then, the third quarter started.  A three-and-out, a terrible call on a punt, a touchdown, a fumbled kick-off, a touchdown, a turnover on downs, and a touchdown later the Huskies were down by 24.

It was a terrible stretch to watch and, judging from post-game interviews, was even worse to play in.  Now that I’ve cooled off and watched the rest of the game, I’ve realized that those stretches are one of the many reasons why I love college football.  On any Saturday, a team can be totally swept up in the momentum of the game and anything can happen.  These players are taking calculus and history classes during the week and all of a sudden they’re dealing with poor officiating and bad bounces of the ball and they completely lose their composure.  That happened to us on Saturday and I’m not saying it’s acceptable, it’s not, but that’s college football and it’s part of the reason why it’s so exciting.

Anyway, the Huskies regained their composure and went on to battle back, fighting valiantly to the finish.  It wasn’t the outcome we had hoped for, but it was probably the best game the Huskies have played all season.

I’ll break down each position after the jump.  Continue reading

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A Few More Thoughts After Rewatching the Husky Game

Well, it took me 2 days but I finally made it through all of the USC game.  I can only wonder how many times I would watch it if it wasn’t a busy week.   Anyway, I came away with a few more thoughts that I’ll share before putting this game to rest and moving on to this week’s opponent,  Arizona State.

  • Let’s start with the worst part of the game, the rushing defense.  There’s no denying that they were terrible.  After watching it again, it was very clear that the problems weren’t because of a lack of schemes.  They tried just about everything.  They put at least 8 guys in the box every time.  I counted 10 guys in the box for several plays.  10 guys!  They also tried a 3-4 several times to be a little more athletic.  The problem was with what was happening on the field.  The defensive line was terrible.  Ta’amu played a decent game, but the rest of the defensive line was awful.  There were guys getting pushed back 5-10 yards every play.  Then, the linebackers seemed a bit timid.  They didn’t attack the runner for most of the game, they let the runner come to them.  By the time the runner got there, those linebackers were blocked.  I understand that they can’t completely sell out against the run because they have to watch for play-action, but their reaction time does need to be quicker.  Last but not least, the tackling was terrible.  It was just as bad as it was against Nebraska, if not worse.  I was on a mission to count the missed tackles but I lost track.  I lost track at the end of the first quarter.
  • One more negative thought on the defense before we move to brighter spots.   I think several players had the worst game of their career on Saturday.  Nate Fellner had one great pass break-up, but the rest of the game he struggled.  He was sucked into the wrong position and missed quite a few tackles.  Quinton Richardson missed an easy sack on Barkley because he forgot he had arms on the play.  He was taken out after that, I’ll be interested to see if he plays as much the rest of this season.  Where is Adam Long?  Cort Dennison looked a little rusty and slow after missing the Nebraska game.  Those players, along with the defensive line, were beaten up pretty well on Saturday.  Thank goodness we have Mason Foster.
  • With all that, give credit to the defense for not allowing a touchdown in the 4th quarter.  They buckled down and made some stops.  There’s no doubt they need to get better, but they made some plays that kept the Huskies in the game.

More thoughts after the jump. Continue reading

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Huskies Post Game: Syracuse

The Huskies got their first win of the year last night at Husky Stadium against Syracuse, 41-20. The Dawgs’ struggled early on; there wasn’t any offensive rhythm and special team’s mistakes led to an early 10-0 lead for the Orange.  But, then the Huskies found it.  They played like the team we had planned on seeing this year.  They outscored Syracuse 41-10 through the rest of the game and it wasn’t much of a contest after the first couple plays in the second half.

Jermaine Kearse had a monster day (9 receptions for 179 yards), as the offense used big plays to dominate.  The defense was solid too.  They gave up two or three big plays but the two touchdowns Syracuse scored were because of a special teams penalty and a turnover.

I’ll review this one by taking a look at each position.  I haven’t been able to find a replay anywhere yet, FSN decided to show a replay of Wyoming and Texas instead, so I won’t be as thorough as I’d like to be but these were my first impressions from being there.  Continue reading

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UW Huskies Offensive Preview

In 2009, the Husky offense was largely inconsistent, often showing excellent playmaking ability up until the time they needed to score on the goal line or keep a drive going late in the game.  The hope is this year they will find that consistency and become the high-powered threat that their talent suggests.

Quarterback

Starter: Jake Locker  Maybe you’ve heard of this guy.  Senior starter who passed up millions to try to lead his team to a bowl game and make a run at the Heisman trophy.  He could be the best quarterback in the country, but he does need to make improvements, chiefly with his accuracy.  Sarkisian has him aiming for a 70% completion rate and 3/1 touchdown to interception ratio, which would be a season for the ages.  He likely won’t quite make that, but there’s no bigger threat at the position in the country.

Depth: Keith Price & Nick Montana  The two backups are still fighting for the job, although it appears Price has pulled ahead for now.  Price is more of an athlete who has struggled with his accuracy at times.  Montana, son of Joe, has the smarts but maybe not quite the arm strength or physical maturity yet.  Price will likely backup on a game to game basis, but if Locker went down for an extended period, either might take over.

Analysis: If Locker stays healthy, it doesn’t get much better.  If he goes down, it’s hard to say what would happen with Price or Montana under center. Continue reading

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Huskies Position Overviews – Wide Receiver

This is where it gets exciting!  This might be the Huskies best receiving group since the days of Reggie Williams, Charles Frederick, and Paul Arnold.  This position is not only talented but also has depth.  Here’s my depth chart:

Jermaine Kearse, 6-2, 200, Jr:  Kearse became the Huskies go-to receiver last year.  He is very good at catching the jump ball and making catches in one-on-one coverage.  It was easy to see that Locker had loads of confidence in Kearse last year, that will only grow through more time.  Kearse has the potential to be in all pac-10 receiver this year.

What Kearse needs to improve on this spring:  Like all the Husky receivers, Kearse was prone to a few drops throughout the year.  He also went through a spell in Fall camp in which he struggled last year.  If Jermaine becomes more consistent and becomes even more comfortable in the offense the sky is the limit for him.  He is becoming one of the most exciting players to watch on this team.

Devin Aguilar, 6-0, 185, Jr:  I admit, I wasn’t a big Aguilar fan.  That was until his late season surge.  Coaches would rave about him and he’d always be in the starting lineup but never seemed to do much.  Then he went on to have huge game after huge game this season.  Although he was slowed with an injury last year, Aguilar had 5 touchdowns and was second behind Kearse with 42 receptions.  While Kearse is more of a down the field threat, Aguilar is more of a possession receiver.

What Aguilar needs to improve on this spring:  Like Kearse, Aguilar needs to improve on his consistency.  He seemed to do that towards the end of the season and if he continues that through spring he will become one of the best #2 receivers in the conference.  The more comfortable these top two receivers become in the offense the better the Huskies will be.  Developing an even better chemistry with #10 is a goal for the spring.

James Johnson, 6-1, 193, So:  Johnson was a freshman sensation last year.  Coming in without much fanfare, Johnson was fantastic in the first half of the season.  Like many freshman before him, Johnson hit a wall about halfway through the season.  He was still a contributor but drops became common and his receptions went down.  Despite this, James Johnson will be a very good player for the Huskies over the next few years.

What Johnson needs to improve on this spring:  Johnson needs to improve his strength and endurance so that he’s able to play a full season to his potential.  This won’t be done in the spring as much as it is being done right now in winter training, as he lifts weights.  This spring I think that the game will slow down for Johnson.  He will be able to read the defense and will be able to keep up physically.  The more time Johnson has on the practice field and the weight room, the more Johnson will mature as a player.  I expect to see the James Johnson that we saw in the first few games of the season this spring.

D’Andre Goodwin, 5-11, 183, Sr:  Goodwin went from leading receiver to backup last year.  In 2008 Goodwin was one of the few bright spots in the Huskies woeful season but last year he was hampered by a hamstring injury and never got back to the same level.  Goodwin seemed to be turning his game on halfway through the season but then suffered a nasty concussion against Notre Dame and didn’t play much after that.  D’Andre is very capable of being a good receiver, it’s just a matter of him being healthy.

What Goodwin needs to improve on this spring:  First of all, D’Andre needs to be healthy.  He suffered an injury in spring last year and never truly recovered.  Goodwin relies on his speed to get open and if he’s suffering after effects from his hamstring he will be buried on the depth chart.  Once he is healthy, Goodwin just needs to go out and play.  Husky fans know what he can do but the coaches have yet to see his full potential.  If he’s at his full potential I think Goodwin could be a starter.  This is a big spring for Goodwin, so go out there and show the coaches what you can do D’Andre!  (Cheesy, I know).

Jordan Polk, 5-7, 162, Jr:  Everyone loves Polk’s speed.  The kid is one of the fastest players on the roster but doesn’t play much because of his size.  It’s hard to jump over cornerbacks to catch a pass when you’re 5-7.  He adds excitement to the game with his speed but hasn’t shown that he’s an every down player.  Last year Jordan came in to run the ball on reverses or be a decoy on a reverse, not to catch passes.

What Polk needs to improve on this spring:  Jordan needs to show that he can be an every-down player.  If Polk comes out this spring and shows that he can go out and catch passes with regularity than he will get more playing time.  Polk needs to find ways to get open using his speed and neglecting his size.  There’s no questioning Polk’s work ethic it’s just tough for a guy his size to be a pac-10 starter.  Hopefully he has a good spring and we get to his speed on the field more in the fall.

Cody Bruns, 5-11, 180, Jr:  I watched Cody Bruns carve my high school football team up for 3 years in a row.  He set records in Washington for most receiving yards as a high schooler but has disappeared since coming here.  Bruns gets in during blow outs and trick plays because he has a pretty good arm.  Coaches say he is a good route runner but I don’t think he matches up physically enough to play regularly. 

What Bruns needs to improve on this spring:  Like Jordan Polk, Bruns needs to improve in the weight room so he can match up physically.  You can run a perfect route but that doesn’t overcome natural talent.  I’m not saying that Bruns doesn’t have natural talent, he just might not have as much as the guys in front of him.  I don’t think Cody has had much chance to prove himself at UW so this spring will be his chance.  I think he can play at this level and play effectively but he needs to show the coaches that.

Luther Leonard, 6-2, 208, RS. So:  Leonard came into school as a quarterback but has been switched to wide receiver since.  Leonard is really buried on the depth chart and not many people have seen him play a lot.  He looks the part with his 6-2, 208 frame but he hasn’t done much on the field.

What Leonard needs to improve on this spring:  To be perfectly honest, Leonard needs to improve on just about everything.  He has a very talented group ahead of him on the depth chart and it will be tough for him to see playing time.  Leonard is a gifted athlete and is capable of showing the coaches something but he hasn’t done much so far to make me think that he’ll see playing time.

There are several good freshman coming in this fall who could challenge for playing time but they won’t be here for spring practices.  This is a great position for the Dawgs.  The future is bright for this position also; there is only one senior in this group. 

UW Dawgpound also did a receiver overview the other day, you can find it here http://www.uwdawgpound.com/2010/3/10/1366519/spring-outlook-wide-receivers.

Thanks for reading!

Andrew

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