By Tony Castricone (photo credit: Scott Eklund)
August 13, 2018
It seems the Huskies’ deep, talented, yet unproven corps of receivers and tight ends is a hot topic of conversation this fall camp.
With a fourth-year starter at quarterback and running back, both of whom are Heisman Trophy candidates, and an offensive line 13th in the nation by Phil Steele and fifth by Athlon, there seem to only be two real questions surrounding the 2018 Husky offense: a) can it stay healthy? and b) who’s going to emerge as Washington’s go-to receiver?
The Seattle Times wrote this morning that the Huskies’ young receivers are embracing the daily challenge of going up against one of the best secondaries in the country at practice.
There are plenty of candidates. Chico McClatcher is lightning quick and leads the bunch in career receptions. Aaron Fuller has made some really nice plays in fall camp, has been awarded Chuck Carroll’s famously un-retired number 2 jersey, and is coming off a strong finish to last season in the Fiesta Bowl. Quinten Pounds has looked good in camp, and Andre Baccellia emerged toward the end of last season as a weapon, especially against Utah.
The tight end corps will be without Hunter Bryant early in the year as he recovers from knee injury, but veteran Drew Sample will lead an otherwise young-but-talented group.
Most of Washington’s running backs are dangerous out of the backfield. Myles Gaskin brings four career touchdown receptions into the season, and Salvon Ahmed has developed as a multi-dimensional threat in the rushing, passing and special teams game.
Finally, there’s the freshmen. Devin Culp is talked about as someone who might see the field at the tight end position, and Marquis Spiker broke the California high school state record for most career touchdown receptions, hauling in 244 passes for nearly 5,000 yards and 72 touchdowns in three seasons.
Here’s a look at the active Huskies’ career receptions numbers heading into the 2018 season: