The Washington Huskies (4-1,2-0) host the Colorado Buffaloes (1-5,0-2) this Saturday in a game at Husky Stadium.
The Huskies are led by their offense and in particular their passing attack. In this piece I’m going to focus on the Huskies leading receiver who is actually from Denver, Colorado.
I’m talking about senior wide receiver Devin Aguilar who was a four star recruit coming out of high school. Aguilar who played for two state champions and a runner up wasn’t offered a scholarship by then head coach Dan Hawkins. What has been the Buffaloes loss has been the Huskies gain.
Aguilar in his first season with the Huskies caught 20 passes for 246 yards (12.3 YPC) as he was one of nine true freshman to suit up that season. For the Huskies that year was a disaster as the Huskies went 0-12 and saw head coach Tyrone Willingham be fired.
Under new coach Steve Sarkisian Aguilar had a breakout sophomore season catching 42 passes for 593 yards (14.1 YPC) with five touchdowns in 10 games that year. Against Arizona State Aguilar caught seven passes for 154 yards with a touchdown in his first career 100+ receiving game.
During his junior season Aguilar was battling injuries as he only had 28 receptions for 352 yards (12.6 YPC) with two touchdowns as he missed five games playing in only eight games.
This year Aguilar has rebounded nicely leading the team in receiving yards. Aguilar has 15 receptions for 293 yards (19.5 YPC) with two touchdowns on the season.
Aguilar had a breakout game earlier in the season against Hawaii as he caught five passes for 131 yards with a touchdown.
Aguilar is usually the solid third down receiver who moves the chains. Although this year with Keith Price Aguilar has been the big play receiver as he is averaging close to 20 yards per reception. Aguilar also fields the Huskies punts the last few seasons as well.
Aguilar is one of those steady seniors that helps a program grow.
With a young quarterback having Aguilar and another senior in Jermaine Kearse has been nice.
In conclusion, Colorado made a huge mistake not offering Aguilar.
Aguilar is a receiver with good hands who can beat you deep as well. With the Buffaloes having a bad secondary look for Aguilar to exploit his hometown team as their fanbase will be moaning everytime Aguilar has a long reception.
I’m sure Sarkisian will try to find a way to give Aguilar a touchdown against his hometown team. The Washington Huskies program is moving forward and that is because of seniors like Aguilar.
Thankfully Colorado passed up on Aguilar and this Saturday they are really going to regret that decision.