Dec 27, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Huskies kick returner John Ross (11) returns a kickoff for a one hundred yard touchdown against the Brigham Young Cougars during the second quarter at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Huskies Football: Can John Ross be a Triple Threat player in 2014?


For John Ross if he has it his way the 2014 season will be a very busy one in all three phases of offense, defense, and special teams. Ross,is pretty much without question the fastest player on the team. Consequently, with this type of sub 4.3 speed and depth issues in the secondary the question has to be asked can John Ross be a triple threat for the Huskies this fall.

The answer to that is yes Ross has the capability of being a difference maker in all three phases this season.

First, starting on offense with the uncertainty health wise regarding Kasen Williams. Thus,there will be an opportunity for Ross to play on the outside and make a huge impact for Washington. Last season, Ross was utilized primarily out of the slot receiver position and fans saw glimpses of his potential with his speed and big play ability.

In addition, with his build similar to that Percy Harvin it is easy to see Ross being moved around like Harvin and having the ball in his hands in every possible situation offensively as well.

Next, on special teams this is a no-brainer to turn Ross loose on kickoff returns as the Fight Hunger Bowl showed if you give him enough of a crease he can easily take it the distance. It is a safe bet that with increased attention to detail on special teams that Ross will break multiple big returns this season for the Huskies.

Finally, defensively is where it will be the biggest challenge for Ross to complete the task of being a triple threat. The most likely scenario that would put him on the field defensively is in the nickel package. Thus, the opportunity to be a threat will be limited based on the lack of snaps played on defense. But, even if Ross just helps limits big plays with passes defensed that will take the pressure off the rest of the young Washington secondary.

Overall, if the Huskies can utilize Ross effectively this fall then he should end up being one of college football’s only triple threats and will help Washington on its quest to win ten or more games in 2014.

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