Steady progress for Logan

Size matters when it comes to football and current Washington redshirt freshman WR Alvin Logan has plenty of it. The second-year player spent last year honing his skills and reshaping his body in preparation for a breakout 2008 campaign. While things have been slow coming for the talented athlete from the Centennial State, his size will be a big factor in his success or failure this fall.

When he signed with Washington, many thought Logan would be a perfect fit in a Washington secondary that had a need for a young and talented safety prospect.

Logan received All-Conference honors at safety as a senior at Regis Jesuit in Aurora, Colorado when he totaled 88 tackles and one interception in his final season of high school football.

But Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham noted he was intrigued by what Logan brought to the table as a receiver, with his impressive combination of size and speed.

"Coach Willingham said he it was my choice, but he thought I would be a better wide receiver," Logan recalled recently. "He said with my size and frame, that I could be a real asset on offense and I really didn't care either way when I got here, I just wanted to play so it was a no-brainer for me to move to receiver."

Logan spent the year on the scout team, molding his body and his mind. When he showed up at Washington, he was carrying 200 pounds on his 6-2 frame, but that isn't the case anymore.

"I weigh 220 now," Logan said. "I think it's a good weight and where I could play at, but it's more than that for me.

"I need to know how to use it because when I was in high school I used my speed (4.45) more to just run by DBs, but I can't do that out here.

"I have to work on my whole game like positioning my body and using my hands more and things like that. The first thing was the physical, now it's the mental."

Willingham said he's seen some good and some bad from his young receiver group and Logan is a prime example of the yin and yang going on with Washington's young corps of receivers.

"He's by far out biggest receiver," Willingham said with a smile when asked about Logan. "We want him to learn to use that size more to his advantage, but he's got a physical presence and he's shown us bits and pieces of what we'd like to see.

"Now it's just a matter of getting that consistency and getting him to be aware of what he's doing at all times. If he can do that, I think he's got a great future with us."

Offensive coordinator Tim Lappano echoed some of those same sentiments, saying he thought Logan as well as the other young players were thinking a little too much in last Saturday's live scrimmage.

"Alvin has been real steady for us, but I think he took a step back in the live situations on Saturday," Lappano said. "We have a ton of offense in right now, so they are probably thinking a little too much, but we like what we've seen."

Because he's one of only three returning scholarship players -- D'Andre Goodwin and Charles Hawkins are the other two -- at the wide receiver position, Logan has already done his best to take on a leadership role.

"D'Andre is the leader of our group right now, but I chyme in every now and then," Logan said. "He played last year and I didn't, but I know the offense better than some of the younger guys like Anthony (Boyles) and Devin (Aguilar) so I do my best to show them what I can.

"Being a leader is also about learning. Even though I'm still young, I have more experience than some of the other guys, but when you teach you can learn as well so it's all about the give and take."

Does Logan have any goals in mind for this upcoming season?

"I'm all about getting wins however we can," Logan said. "But it's all about getting better as a player and as a team and improving every time you step out on the field. If that's in practice then that's great because that leads to being better when it's live and in the game.

"I like what we have here as far as receivers. We're competitive, but not in a negative way. We all want to get better and having a quarterback like Jake (Locker) helps out a lot because he's so athletic and he makes you stay alert.

"Where another quarterback might get sacked, Jake can keep things alive and that really makes it imperative on us to not give up on our routes and to work hard to get open for him."

Whatever happens this fall, Logan's steady progress out wide will help the Dawgs down the road. He's just hoping that comes sooner rather than later.


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