August 5, 2008

Spotlight: Wide Receivers

The wide out position is the youngest on the team and one of the youngest in the entire nation. With only 11 receptions returning from last season, this unit will be a question mark heading into the season. The talent is here to turn heads, in fact this might be the most athletic group of receivers since Corey Williams and Charles Frederick wore the purple and gold. However, freshman will be asked to play much older and they won't be given a chance to get acclimated as they open the season at Eugene, Oregon.


D'Andre Goodwin, Redshirt Sophomore, 1-Year of Varsity

5-foot-11, 175-pounds, Antelope Valley High School (Pacoima, CA)

2007 Stats: 6 receptions, 29 yards / 4 carries, 46 yards

Bio: D'Andre Goodwin is the most experienced wide out returning for the Huskies in 2008, but I use that term loosely. He appeared in every game at receiver but only managed to touch the ball ten times, six on receptions and four on carries. He's blazing fast and has created a bond with gunslinger Jake Locker. The former standout corner back appears to have finally turned the corner and will be leaned on heavily this season to provide leadership and playmaking ability. He has taken the leadership role on this young squad, and the success of the offense could hinge on how well he performs from the get go. Goodwin was actually hurt by his ability to do everything in high school. He ran the ball, caught the ball and was their shutdown corner. Now that he's focusing on one position, he could end up being a diamond in the ruff for coach Willingham after turning down Michigan State to be a Husky.

Curtis Shaw, True Sophomore, 1-Year of Varsity

5-foot-10, 186-pounds, Lincoln High School (Stockton, CA)

2007 Stats: 7 rushes, 12 yards / 5 receptions, 47 yards / 2 kick returns, 56 yards

Bio: Curtis Shaw came to us as the 23rd ranked half back in the nation last season, from the same high school that brought us Louis Rankin. He was moved mid season to wide receiver and it looked like a natural fit. In his first game at wide out he caught four passes for 46 yards, however they were all on short routes. Shaw has shown adequate hands but will need to work on his route running ability. The one thing he doesn't have to learn is speed. As a senior he clocked the third best 100-meeter time in the state of California and the fifth best 200-meter time. Expect him to continue receiving balls on short intermediate routs and be asked to create in open space.

Chris Polk, True Freshman,

5-foot-11, 210-pounds, East Valley High School (Redlands, CA)

2007 High School Stats: 7 rushes, 12 yards / 5 receptions, 47 yards / 2 kick returns, 56 yards

Bio: True freshman Chris Polk was brought in to be Jake Locker's golden side kick. The high school All-American can do it all and he's had coaches gushing over his athleticism and football instincts ever since he early enrolled back in spring. Polk can do it all and that is evident looking at his high school career. As a junior when Husky teammate Ronnie Fouch was his quarterback at East Valley High School, Shaw caught 62 passes for 1,167 yards and 12 touchdowns. Take away his Division-I quarterback and what did Polk do as a senior? Just move to running back where he rushed for 2,561 yards and 29 touchdowns. Keep in mind he did this in a highly competitive California prep league. His role is still up in air and I could see him used much like Florida does with Percy Harvin. The conventional thought was he would start as the slot receiver, but if the first day of fall practices are any indication, he's going to get plenty of looks at running back. Polk and Shaw give the Huskies two dynamic playmakers, the likes of which have not been seen on Montlake in years.

Alvin Logan, Redshirt Freshman

6-foot-2, 215-pounds, Regis Jesuit High School (Aurora, CO)

2006 High School Stats: 34 receptions, 575 yards, 9 touchdowns.

Bio: Alvin Logan came in and looked the part of a Pac-10 receiver immediately. He used his freshman season to redshirt and improve and now he finds himself working most of the time with the number one offense early in fall camp. Logan is one of the most physically impressive players at receiver. he has the size and speed to be an impact player and the Huskies will call his name early and often. Logan will give the Huskies a more prototypical wide out to go along with the many athletes at this position.

Anthony Boyles, True Freshman

6-foot-3, 199-pounds, Serra High School (Compton, CA)

2006 High School Stats: 47 receptions, 689 yards, 9 touchdowns.

Bio: Anthony Boyles was supposed to be on the roster last season but failed to become eligible. He worked hard in the summer and was able to enroll in time for spring practices. Boyles might have the biggest NFL upside of the receivers on the roster with his height, speed, leaping ability and hands. However, he needs to polish his route running and get much bigger because he's not going to be able and just run past guys like in high school where he was the sixth rated receiver in the nation. Boyles should be Lockers deep threat this season and combined with Alvin Logan could provide mismatches in the redzone.

Devin Aguilar, True Freshman

6-foot-0, 195-pounds, Mullen High School (Denver, CO)

2006 High School Stats: 53 receptions, 1,339 yards, 18 touchdowns.

Bio: Like Boyles, Devin Aguilar was supposed to be playing at Montlake in 2007, and also like Boyles he failed to qualify. It's actually a testament to both of these pass catches to get qualified and be on campus now Aguilar has a great frame, runs crisp routes and has decent hands. He was named an EA Sports Second-Team High School All-American and and was the Colorado player of the year and an All-State selection. His added time working with Locker during spring should accelerate his progress and he will be called upon to provide help right away. Aguilar

Jermaine Kearse, True Freshman

6-foot-1, 180-pounds, Lakes High School (Lakewood, WA)

2007 High School Stats: 54 receptions, 903 yards, 8 touchdowns.

Bio: True freshman Jermaine Kearse came in and has made an instant impression with coaches and teammates. Kearse was a first team all-state selection at defensive back and a second team selection at receiver, and participated in the U.S. Army All-American game last season. For his career Kearse amassed 3,500 yards and 39 touchdowns and has the work ethic and athletic ability to translate that success to the next level. Kearse has been singled out by many coaches as being on of the top performing true freshman and could find himself with playing time early in his career.

Cody Bruns, True Freshman

5-foot-11, 170-pounds, Prosser High School (Prosser, WA)

2007 High School Stats: 90 receptions, 1,443 yards, 19 touchdowns.

Bio: During his time in high school, Cody Bruns was one of the most prolific receivers in the entire nation. He finished his career with 5,178 yards and 72 touchdowns and has gone down in the record books as one of the best ever. Brun's has the second most yards ever in the nation for 11-man football and the third most touchdowns. He might not be the biggest or fastest...I take that back, he isn't the biggest or fastest, but he runs perfect routs and catches anything near him. He could provide this unit with something they haven't had in years, consistency. Don't be surprised if Bruns works himself into an early role and don't be surprised if that role becomes an important one in the future. Every quarterback needs a third down target they depend on and Bruns fits that bill perfectly.

Jordan Polk, True Freshman

5-foot-8, 170-pounds, Lincoln High School (Portland, OR)

2007 High School Stats: 72 receptions, 1,209 yards, 19 touchdowns.

Bio: Jordan Polk was the most prolific receiver in Oregon last season, leading the state in touchdowns and earning All-State honors in the process. He has blazing speed running the 40 yards dash in a legit 4.4 seconds and the 100-meter dash in 10.8 seconds. Thats an incredible speed for a player his size. He might be more agile and quick then fast and could help in the return game before he sees the field as a wide out. He will probably redshirt as a freshman unless he makes a big impression in the return game.

Charles Hawkins, Redshirt Senior, Former Walk On

6-foot-2, 185-pounds, Walter Payton Prep / Graceland Univ.

Stats: NA

Bio: Charles Hawkins, a former walk on and 2006 transfer from Graceland University has earned a scholarship and a name for himself among teammates and media members. Hawkins makes big play after big play in practice, but his physical limitations have kept him off the field for most of his career. That could change this season as he knows the system and has continued to impress during practice. Last spring he nearly had a fan club with the amazing plays he had and if nothing else is a great story. Personally i would love to see him get his first college catch this season. If he gets into games, you can bet he will make it happen.

Tony Chidiac, Redshirt Sophomore, Walk On

5-foot-11, 190-pounds, Skyline High School (Sammamish, WA)

2005 High School Stats: 65 receptions, 942 yards, 11 touchdowns

Bio: Tony Chidiac is a local product out of Skyline High School in Sammamish, WA. He walked onto the team back in 2006 and has been a contributor on the service team ever since. In high school Chidiac helped lead Kyline to the 4A state title by hauling in 65 receptions for 942 yards and 11 touchdowns. His role will be limited, but he should help mentor and teach some of the younger receivers.

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