UW Huskies Building Blocks
The most overused term in sports today, particularly in basketball, seems to be “The Big Three.” Boston, Miami, OKC, Los Angeles (Sorry Pau-there’s no big 4), all have a “Big Three.”
But University of Washington football’s offense hinges around a Big Three of our own.
Let’s look at each of them more closely, as a current player, building block to the team, and pro prospect.
Price was born in Compton and played high school football at Saint John Bosco High School.
He was a high school star and put up great numbers, but was overlooked nationally, partly because he played in the same conference as some guy named Matt Barkley. An unexceptional three star prospect on Rivals and 75 on ESPN, he nevertheless got offers from a couple places and signed with UW.
Coming out of high school, his versatility as dual-threat QB was his main strength, with size and accuracy concerns.
Price went from being “that guy we’re starting now that Locker is gone” too “Wow, Keith Price is a stud!” Last year, Price exploded for 2,625 yards and 29 touchdowns to lead UW to a 7-6 overall record and a shootout loss in the Alamo Bowel. Price’s performances landed him on several Heisman watch lists.
He hasn’t played badly this year, but will need to be at his very best if the Huskies can hope to contend against Oregon, USC, and the other powerhouses of the Pac-12.
A redshirt junior, Price could turn pro after this year. NFL scouting reports are mixed. His dual-threat status, general athleticism, and play-making ability are all in demand in the NFL. But his size (only 6’1, 174 pounds) and inaccuracy at times are red flags.
It’s too early to tell if he’ll stay or go.
This season will impact that lot.
A local product, ASJ attended and starred at Gig Harbor High School.
All-everything in high school, Seferian-Jenkins was either the number one or number two tight end in the country, depending on which recruiting website you ask, and a high-profile prospect.
Landing him was a HUGE coup for the Huskies. There were rumblings he would play tackle in college because of his size (6’6, 250), but it hasn’t happened yet.
His size, athletic ability, and great hands (he also played basketball) were his main assets, with blocking and catching form some minor negatives.
ASJ landed on campus and promptly exploded for one of the greatest tight end seasons in University of Washington history, in every statistical category.
He also posted one of the best seasons of any UW freshman, ever. 538 receiving yards, 41 receptions, and 6 touchdowns earned him honorable mention All Pac-12 and license as one of Keith Price’s favorite targets.
So far this year, he has kept up the highlight reel play, even leading the team with six receptions for 51 yards in the otherwise gloomy LSU game.
He will be a key piece of the team this season. He also walked onto the basketball team last year, but it remains to be seen if that will happen again.
A sophomore, ASJ is still another season after this one from being draft-eligible.
But as being listed on the preseason list for the Mackey Award (given to college football’s best tight end) shows, he may well be the best tight end in the nation. NFL scouts are already drooling, and a high first-round pick is not impossible.
Playing tackle is no longer a part of the conversation. He will play on sunday, and will most likely leave UW after his junior year. Until then, he will be a fundamental part of the offense.
Another outstanding local player, Kasen Williams starred at powerhouse Skyline High School. Even a more high-profile recruit than Seferian-Jenkins, Williams was named the Parade All-American National Player of the Year.
One of the best athletes Washington State has seen in years, Williams was an outstanding basketball player and track athlete as well.
He won every conceivable accolade in high school and was another massively important commit for UW. His size, athleticism, and body control were pluses, with his pure speed a minor weak spot.
Playing well both as a punt returner and a wide receiver last year, Williams will be looked to to lead the Huskies depleted receiving core this year. So far, he has played strongly against San Diego State and Portland State, but struggled against the athletic defense of LSU.
Graduation and injuries to other recievers have left Williams as the unquestioned number one wide out.
A sophomore like ASJ, Williams has generated the same NFL rumblings. He has great size for an NFL wide receiver at 6’2 and 197 pounds. In two years, he may well be one of the best wide receivers in college football.
He still needs to improve his speed, but don’t be surprised to see him in an NFL jersey in a few years.
His draft potential will likely influence how long he will stick around UW for, but until he leaves, he’s Price’s other favorite target.
Those are our Big Three, and depending on who stays and goes, the keys to the team for the next few years.
Price may or may not be around next year, but even if he leaves, Williams and Seferian-Jenkins are an outstanding receiving tandem.
The future looks bright for the Dawgs.