(8) WR Dante Pettis (©M.Samek / SCOUT)

Washington Huskies Spring Position Review - Receiver

Now that Spring Football is done at Montlake, it's time to take stock of what took place and what it means as the program heads into the doldrums - aka, the summer. We'll do it position-by-position, and today it's the Receivers. 

Receivers (By Year)


Pettis had one catch for eight yards in the Spring Preview. With John Ross now gone, there are two undisputed leaders of the receiving corps: Pettis and Chico McClatcher. Pettis got plenty of work in with the younger quarterbacks this spring and established himself as the main go-to target. Ross had 83 catches in 2016, Pettis 53. I'm sure Pettis is targeting that 83 number for the 2017 season. 


The former Oklahoma transfer had put on eight pounds in the off-season and looked poised to make this spring the jumping off point for a strong senior campaign, but a leg injury during the early part of spring put an end to that. It's still unclear how much of an impact Young will make considering he didn't have one catch in 2016 despite playing in five games. 


Little played in four games in 2015 and hasn't seen any time since. Not sure based on the little I saw out of him in spring his status as a non-starter is going to change. 


Dunivin earned some face time during the Spring Preview, but that might be all UW fans see of him this year. He has never seen any game time in his Husky career to date. 


The junior-to-be didn't get any catches in the Spring Preview, but he did account for 12 percent of all UW catches in 2016 and will look to improve that number this fall. McClatcher's body didn't go through any massive changes, but he's a year older and wiser. That should come in handy as he's asked to do more things in Ross's absence. 


No one had more to prove this spring than Lenius, who missed all of the 2016 season due to an indefinite suspension - and he proved his worth. As UW's biggest receiving threat - literally - Lenius looked at times to be almost tight end-sized, yet still showed he has the moves of a receiver. Especially near the end of spring ball, the junior-to-be imposed himself on the offense, catching passes and presenting a serious mismatch problem for the defense. 


The junior-to-be walk-on from Bellevue had two catches for 17 yards, with a long of 12, in the Spring Preview.  Richmond, like Little, played in a handful of games in 2015 but didn't see any time in 2016. That should change this fall if his play during spring is any indication. He's best suited in the slot, sitting short and looking to break. 


Gardner is a walk-on receiver that has steadily earned playing time has he has gone on. He played in five games last year, including the Pac-12 Championship game win over Colorado. He didn't go nuts during spring, but with nearly 10 scholarship players to go through to impress it's never been an easy road for this current group of walk-on receivers. 


Fuller had one catch for six yards in the Spring Preview. Having played in all 14 games last year as a true freshman, there's no doubt much was expected of Fuller to make that big jump from year one to year two - and I think he succeeded in making strides. He lost a bunch of weight - 12 pounds - in the off-season, and it showed up in his quickness off the line and in getting to his spot quicker than the opposing defensive back. 


Baccellia had one catch for seven yards in the Spring Preview. Despite playing in all 14 games last season, Baccellia had a less-than-stellar year in terms of production. He caught seven passes for 98 yards and one score. Those seven catches put him eighth in the pecking order, a position he will certainly improve on this fall. But it's been inconsistency that's plagued Baccellia in terms of making a big impact. He had a great spring last year but couldn't capitalize. Is this the year he breaks through?


Pounds led all receivers in the Spring Preview with two catches for 27 yards, including a long of 22. It's the kind of finish Pounds needed, one with a flourish. He gained nine pounds in the off-season and clearly put in the work to take the next step in his development. With Ross and Darrell Daniels gone, Pounds should move up the ladder when it comes to targets and receptions. 


Rasmussen is the son of UW Football CAO Rich Rasmussen, and Josh didn't see any game action last year after redshirting in 2015. 


Chin had two catches for 14 yards, with a long of eight, in the Spring Preview. Skinny by any measure, but even more so for a college football player, Chin gained six big pounds during the off-season to get to a robust 165. Even though he showed up during the scrimmage portions of the Preview, Chin by and large has been a bit of a passenger this spring. He's had his moments where he's splashed a bit, but those moments have been far and few between. 


No one came in with more fanfare and intrigue this spring than Jones, the former U.S. Army All-American who enrolled in time to take in spring ball. It was great to see the 6-foot-4 Jones running around, especially at the same time as the 6-foot-5 Brayden Lenius. It made the UW receiving corps take on a look it hasn't been able to in some time - imposing. He didn't catch any passes in the Spring Preview, but did enough in spring to show he can make a bit of a difference this fall for the Huskies. 

Where does the Receiver group stand heading into the Summer? 

Well, the bad news first. It's obvious, but not getting John Ross back for his final year frankly sucks if you're a fan. After 83 catches, 1150 yards and 17 touchdowns, why wouldn't you want to see him back? That's some serious production that will have to be found another way. 

Also, it would have been great to see K.J. Young have a full spring to see what he could do. As it is, one gets the feeling he's going to be behind the 8-ball for his senior season, proving that he belongs. 

The good news from spring definitely overshadowed those bit of bad news. First, Brayden Lenius - fully back from his suspension - showed he can impact the UW offense in a big way when he's right. He's simply a handful for anyone he goes up against. 

Secondly, getting Ty Jones early adds a second big man to the equation, so when Jonathan Smith wants to go 'big' he now has some legitimate weapons at his disposal. 

And lastly, the addition of Matt Lubick to the Washington coaching staff as the receivers coach and recruiter extraordinaire has already paid off handsomely. Not only did he pick up where Bush Hamdan left in terms of working well with the current group of receivers and getting top talent to verbally commit to UW early for the 2018 class, but he seamlessly integrated himself into the Huskies' culture and way of doing business.  

Receiver Depth Chart


8 Dante Pettis (6-1, 192, Sr.)

81 Brayden Lenius (6-5, 234, Jr.)

20 Ty Jones (6-4, 206, Fr.)

89 John Gardner (6-3, 187, Jr.)*

28 Nik Little (6-5, 207, Sr.)


21 Quinten Pounds (5-11, 183, So.) OR

12 Aaron Fuller (5-10, 186, So.)

18 K.J. Young (6-1, 188, Sr.) (INJ)

87 Forrest Dunivin (6-4, 200, Sr.)*


6 Chico McClatcher (5-7, 173, Jr.)

19 Andre Baccellia (5-10, 171, So.)

82 Jordan Chin (6-0, 165, RFr.)

80 Max Richmond (5-9, 181, Jr.)*

29 Josh Rasmussen (5-11, 182, So.)*

* = walk-on



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