Post-Spring Review: Wide Receivers

Wideout is one of the deepest positions on Washington's roster with a plethora of talent and skill that could make it one of the best receiver corps in the conference. Leading the way are seniors Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar, but both will need to be on their game this fall in order to hold of some very talented youngsters who are starting to come into their own...

Kearse, an All-Conference candidate due to his size, speed and athleticism, is an outstanding receiver when he's completely focused and in a couple games last year (Syracuse, Washington State) he looked like an All-American. However, some lapses in concentration for the fourth-year player from the Tacoma area have been his downfall, keeping him from reaching his full potential.

If he can fix that problem, there's no telling how many awards he could be eligible for this fall, although his numbers are likely to go down due to the inexperience at quarterback and what will likely be a renewed focus on the running game with Chris Polk leading the way.

This spring the coaches lamented the lack of leadership on offense, but Kearse appears ready to step into that void after being named a team captain.

Aguilar, who runs precise routes and has just enough speed to get behind the secondary, also struggled at times with drops, but he's smart and he's worked a lot on his blocking and, as a result, has become a very good in that area.

James Johnson and Kevin Smith are the third and fourth receivers respectively, at least at this point, and both had outstanding springs.

Johnson struggled to get healthy last fall after spraining his ankle and wasn't able to follow up on a great freshman campaign, but the hope is he's poised for a breakout season this fall.

Smith is a threat as a returner and as a receiver. He's got outstanding size and strength and he's starting to figure out how to play the wideout position at the Pac 12 level.

Of all the receivers, the one who surprised the most this spring would probably be DiAndre Campbell who showed great hands, outstanding separation skills and the ability to go up and get the ball in traffic.

Nearly every day the talented redshirt freshman from the Bay Area made a big play and that bodes well for his and the Huskies' future.

‘Mr. Everything', aka Cody Bruns, has finally found his way into the receiver rotation and will be the primary holder and emergency quarterback if needed. He runs good routes and he has sticky hands.

William Chandler and Luther Leonard aren't players who will see much in the way of playing time, but both are hard workers and they are invaluable on the prep teams.

Joining the team this summer will be the Parade Player of the Year, Kasen Williams, along with Jamaal Jones, Josh Perkins and possibly Marvin Hall.

Williams and Hall were expected to make the biggest impact as freshmen this year with the former poised to push for playing time the moment he arrives at Montlake this summer.

Hall was projected to be a big contributor on special teams as a dangerous return man, but he has yet to qualify and could be on the verge of missing out on things if he doesn't get it done.

Jones and Perkins are projects, but both have huge upsides.

It's taken a while for the Huskies to build up their receiver corps to the point where it can be a threat from anywhere on the field. They are gifted with size, athleticism and, if Hall can make it in, speed and that could allow them to work their way into the upper eschelon of the conference as a unit.

Only time will tell with this group, but the odds are very good that they will be something special.

Post-Spring Depth Chart

Wide Receiver
Jermaine Kearse (Sr.)
James Johnson (Jr.)
Kasen Williams (Fr.)

Wide Receiver
Devin Aguilar (Sr.)
Cody Bruns (Sr.)
Marvin Hall (Fr.)
William Chandler (RS So.)*
Jamaal Jones (Fr.)

Kevin Smith (So.)
DiAndre Campbell (RS Fr.)
Josh Perkins (Fr.)
Luther Leonard (RS Jr.) Top Stories