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