The Washington Huskies are off to a 4-1 start on the season led by their passing attack.
Keith Price has done a wonderful job of spreading the ball around the field to all his weapons. Well there is one reason in particular who is also a team captain that is having another solid season for the Huskies.
That receiver is Jermaine Kearse who is passing some legends and about to pass some more Husky legends as well.
Kearse, who is a two-time second-team all Pac-10 receiver is having a productive senior season this year. Kearse who was Jake Locker’s favorite receiver thrived the last two seasons. In 2009 as a sophomore Kearse had 50 receptions for 866 yards (17.3 YPC) with eight touchdowns. Last year was a breakout season for Kearse who had 63 receptions for 1,005 (16.0 YPC) with 12 touchdowns.
This year through five games Kearse has 18 receptions for 200 yards (11.1 YPC) with five touchdowns while breaking in a new quarterback.
He was hurt during the first two weeks and has came back to his usual pace over the past three games with 15 receptions for 162 yards with three touchdowns.
Kearse is quickly approaching some records for the Huskies which will put him in the discussion for all-time receiver. Kearse against Utah with his 70 yards receiving put him at 2,374 yards moving him past all-american wide receiver Mario Bailey for second all-time. He trails only all-american wide receiver Reggie Williams.
Kearse is currently third all-time with 151 receptions and trails Paul Skansi who has 161 for second place. Williams is also first in receptions as well and won’t be touched. Kearse does have 27 career touchdown receptions which is good for second place and trails only Bailey who has 30.
Kearse when he graduates will be second all-time in receiving yards, receptions and most likely the all-time leader in touchdowns. Kearse also has his memorable moments. As a sophomore Kearse had the reception to put the Huskies in position to kick the game winning field goal against the #3 USC Trojans in 2009.
As a junior Kearse had four touchdown receptions (school record) including the game winning score to defeat the Oregon State Beavers. Kearse also had the big long reception which set up the game winning score against California to keep the bowl dream alive. Also who could forget Kearse’s two touchdown performance including the game winning score against the Cougars in the apple cup?
In conclusion, UW have plenty of stars on this team and Kearse is definitely one of them. Price likes to spread the ball around but when the Huskies need a big play in the passing game they call on Kearse.
Kearse might not be on the same level as Williams or Bailey but his numbers are. Kearse has been a big part of the rebirth of Huskies football and he has seven more games hopefully eight more games to shine.
Kearse has set the mark for other young receivers such as Kasen Williams to follow for the future. As a Huskies fan I’m sure glad Kearse is playing for my team than against my team.