Player Spotlight - James Johnson

Yes it's true, Washington WR James Johnson is going to be a senior this fall and judging by the way he's played so far this spring, he knows it. The talented wideout has really come on and shown a lot of leadership on the field so far and today we take a look at his play thus far as well as what he faces this summer and fall as far as competition is concerned...

Johnson looked outstanding and really seems to be taking that step forward this year. Maybe it was because he felt like Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar were the leaders and unquestioned starters and now that playing time is wide open he has asserted himself more, it's really hard to tell, but since the first day of camp, Johnson has showed solid route-running and soft hands.

On one play Friday, Johnson ran his route, saw QB Derrick Brown scrambling out to his left, pivoted, and then ran at an angle that allowed Brown a nice window the throw the ball.

Brown delivered the ball perfectly over the outstretched arm of CB Anthony Gobern and Johnson who seemed to drop easy receptions, stretched out his right hand and brought the ball in before going out of bounds.

Because of his size and strength as well as his ability to run precise routes, Johnson is going to be a key this year now that Kearse and Aguilar have left. Johnson has also really improved his blocking and that is going to be even bigger in his quest to be a starter since the Husky coaches expect their receivers to be great blockers.

Quoteable: "James has been very impressive. The first couple days he's been great. He's been working hard, clean routes, catching the ball, he's up there studying all the time. I've been very impressed with him the first week.." – Eric Keisau

"I think James is great. James provides a great deal of leadership at the wide receiver position. He's kind of our veteran guy there. He's matured in his time from Day One to where he is today. There's a calming feel to him for the younger players, and he sets a great example…making plays and is playing all over the field, so I'm excited about what he's done and the prospects for him as we head to the fall." – Steve Sarkisian

The Competition: Every coach will tell you that every year, no matter what, every position is wide open for competition and that couldn't be more true this year at the wide receiver position as the Huskies are looking to replace their top two wideouts from a production standpoint.

Kasen Williams has had a great camp so far and showing outstanding quickness and route-running and he, along with Johnson, are the clear leaders at the receiver position right now.

DiAndre Campbell has a big body and has outstanding hands and could be a factor this fall if he keeps progressing.

Jamaal Jones and Josh Perkins appear to be players who will see some reps, but neither seems ready physically for the rigors of a full season at wideout.

Cody Bruns is back after taking the year off to deal with some personal things, but he, along with William Chandler, appears to be a slot receiver who will need to work himself back into the mix.

Marvin Hall had a big drop today, but he has received raves about his speed and what he could eventually end up doing for the team. Many feel he will be a part of the receiver rotation this fall, but, obviously, there is a long way to go before that determination can be made.

Joining the fray this fall will be the likes of Kendyl Taylor, Dwayne Washington and Jaydon Mickens who all will enroll at Washington this summer. Of those three, Washington is the one considered the most likely to see playing time, but all three could use a redshirt season in order to really maximize what they can do on the football field going forward. Top Stories