Dawgman.com on KJR to host UW legacies

The guys from Dawgman.com - Kim Grinolds, Scott Eklund and Chris Fetters - will be in-studio at KJR-950AM Saturday morning from 9-11 a.m., and will be joined in the first hour by some very special guests. Former Washington football players Aaron Williams and Tony Wroten, Sr. will be in the house, and they will be with their sons, Kasen Williams and Tony Wroten, Jr.

This meeting of the minds is significant for a few reasons. First, it's the only time we can recall when two former four-year letterwinners from the University of Washington have been on KJR at the same time. Williams, who played his high school ball at Wilson High in Tacoma, won his four letters from 1979 to 1983, while Wroten - a graduate of Hazen High School in Renton - won his from 1981 to 1984. During that six-year span (79-84), the Huskies were an incredible 58-14. During that stretch, they beat teams by an average of 27-14. They were no worse than second in the conference at the time, winning two Pac-10 titles in 1980 and 1981.

Just to put that in context with the last six years of UW football, the number have been completely flipped on their heads. From 2004 on, UW has amassed a record of 17-54, while losing games by an average of 30-21.

The lowest the Huskies of 79-84 were ranked at the end of a regular season was 17; the Huskies of today haven't been ranked after a regular season since 2001. So it's going to be great catching up with Williams and Wroten to find out what it was like during the first era under Don James where the UW football program really took off.

And then there's the sons.


Kasen Williams is currently ranked as the No. 1 receiving prospect in the country by Scout.com for the class of 2011. Williams has won three-straight state titles with the Skyline Spartans. He was the Seattle Times' High School co-Player of the year in 2009 with teammate Jake Heaps, as well as a Seattle Times' and AP All-State First Team performer as a junior. He was the Seattle Times' Boys athlete of the year as as sophomore. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Williams caught 74 passes for 1209 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, caught 53 passes for 939 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore and caught 19 passes for 394 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman, including four catches for 116 yards in a playoff game against Kennewick and five catches for 107 yards in the state championship game versus O'Dea. Career totals: 146 catches for 2542 yard (17.4 yards per catch) and 35 touchdowns (stats via Maxpreps).


Tony Wroten, Jr. was considered one of the top-10 hoops prospects for the class of 2011 as early as his freshman year at Garfield High in Seattle. In 2008, Scout.com had the 6-foot-4 Wroten as their No. 1 sophomore in the country. They have him currently as the No. 2 point guard in the country, as well as the No. 8 player overall nationally. He plays in the summer AAU leagues for Seattle Rotary Select, and in the spring of 2009, Wroten was one of 21 basketball players named to the inaugural USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team. Wroten missed the 2009 season because of an ACL injury he suffered playing football for the Bulldogs. As a sophomore, Wroten averaged 17.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.6 blocks per game, leading to 2009 Associated Press Class 4A All-State first team and Washington 4A State Tournament MVP honors. As a freshman he averaged 20.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game (stats via Maxpreps).


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