"Coach Pease and I have worked together for a long time and I have tremendous respect for him as a person, and as a football coach," Petersen said. "However, I have decided that a fresh start with this position group is needed to give our team the best chance of reaching its full potential. I am grateful for his contributions and wish him all the best moving forward."
We published our post-season analysis of the receiver position Thursday and gave the group a D overall. A big part of that was the lack of consistent blocking effort, especially on the perimeter, and key drops seemed to plague the receivers for most of the year. Senior Jaydon Mickens regressed in terms of his productivity, and while others improved, they didn't improve enough to where they made up for a severe lack of big play capability.
Recruiting at the receiver position also slipped during Pease's time at Washington. Acquiring Dante Pettis and Brayden Lenius in his first year was a solid start to a rushed class, but the four receivers he brought in for 2015 - Isaiah Renfro, Quinten Pounds, Chico McClatcher, and Andre Baccellia - didn't really address the need for a dominant big-style receiver. Baccellia and Pounds redshirted, and McClatcher was rarely ever used in the receiving department, doing almost all his damage running the ball or in the return game.
The Huskies needed a lot of help for the receiver group in 2015, and the only help they got was Renfro, who caught an average of just over one pass a game for UW.
Pease had only one receiver committed for 2016 - Texas wideout Aaron Fuller - but there are a lot of west coast-based receivers out there still available.