Pac-12’s Sleeping Giant

 

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Alabama emerged from the college football rumble of 2015 with one mere blemish on its record; this is a team renowned for its depth and seemingly innumerable talent on all sides of the ball. While Alabama seems to pilfer the best talent from every state there are hundreds of other premier colleges producing professional talent, the focus here will be on a few programs that in recent memory have become under the radar football factories: Part one will feature the University of Washington then the likes of , Pitt , Virginia, and lastly West Virginia .

Washington has been on a break neck pace recruiting and developing players most notably on the defensive side of the ball but what first caught my attention were the quality offensive skill positions of the 2011-2013 team. Lead by Quarterbacks Keith Price and Jake Locker (former first round pick) this was an offense with a superfluous amount of talent. Guys like Austin Seferian- Jenkins, and Bishop Sankey, headlined the loaded Washington roster but beyond that stellar group lied several budding, elite defenders; Two elite corners in Desmond Trufant and Marcus Peters, throw in two versatile SS/LB hybrids in Shaq Thompson and Travis Feeney , a stud NT in Danny Shelton and the 2014 ncaa sack leader Hau’oli Kikaha.
With all of this talent there were bound to be players that were overshadowed Damore’ea stringfellow is an emerging receiver who transferred to Ole Miss but he wasn’t the biggest player overshadowed there was another receiver better known as Kasen Williams;he had the look and pedigree of an NFL athlete he cleared a 6’10 high jump coming out of high school ,was the number 7 ranked wide receiver in the country, and number 1 wide receiver in the state of Washington. His 2012 campaign was his best season his play shown here  vs Stanford and Utah really showcase a rare skill set. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82BSEkIcd_o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klPDAp4eQgg

Kasen checks off every box as far as physicality goes, he’s 6’2 220 with strong hands, shows consistent ability to box out defenders at the catch point, a willingness to attack blockers, and he’s nimble enough to make defenders miss but he’s not afraid to run through them as well. In 2013 a major leg injury changed the course of his career and he ended up undrafted but he has a chance to emerge for the Seahawks in 2016.

Tantamount to the fighting spirit Kasen Williams has displayed returning from injury ;Washington continues to battle in the Pac -12 with recent upsets of USC , Oregon St and Arizona. these moments show glimpses of the increasing pedigree of Huskie football which has a promising outlook for its 2016 campaign. Washington is returning pff’s best pac-12 edge defender Joe Mathis, they have an ascending secondary with three draftable guys in Cornerback Sydney Jones, hybrid corner safety Kevin King , and safety Budda Baker this is a group that was able to finish the season with more takeaways than touchdowns allowed,  they should look to build on that success with  a tandem of some of the best freshman players in the country last year in qb Jake Browning and running back Myles gaskin at the helm on offense.

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