(10) Who will step up as the top receiver for the Huskies in this one?
Well, that is a great question. The answer is difficult though. Not from a lack of weapons, but in a surplus of returning stars mixing with new and unproven talent. From the outset, we know that Washington quarterback Jake Browning has his own demons to exorcise in this, his senior and final season. But last year’s regression in passing yardage was not solely upon him.
Injuries plagued the receiving corps. Hopefully, the team will have some early success. Per the depth chart release prior to this weekend’s game, senior wide receiver Chico McClatcher will be coming off the bench to start the season. The Huskies will begin the game by lining up 6-foot-4 sophomore Ty Jones and 5-foot-10 junior Andre Baccellia on the ends, and sliding 5-foot-11 junior Aaron Fuller in at the slot. The line up will be rounded out with 6-foot-5 senior tight end Drew Sample.
Last year’s sensation tight end Hunter Bryant injured his anterior collateral ligament (ACL) over the summer, and will likely miss this entire season as a result. That places a lot of pressure on Sample and the remaining tight ends to step up in the passing game.
For this game, keep your eyes fixed on Ty Jones. At that height, he will present a huge target for Browning. If he can manage any seperation early in this game, he will easily become a favorite target. I expect he will be one of the first options. But don’t rule out Drew Sample. As a senior, Browning is quite familiar with him.