UW Huskies 2021 offensive primer: huge receiver, tight finish and offensive line


You already know the names.

Cade Otton. Puka Nacua. Terrell Bynum. Rome Odunze. Jaxson Kirkland. Luke Wattenberg. The checklist goes on and on.

Washington returns the overwhelming majority of its offense in 2021 — together with starters at huge receiver, tight finish and on the offensive line. For probably the most half, inexperience shouldn’t be a problem.

Nonetheless, within the first season in John Donovan’s pro-style system, Washington ranked fifth within the Pac-12 in scoring offense (30.3 factors per recreation), ninth in complete offense (402.8 yards per recreation) and 11th in pink zone landing proportion (55.56%).

The purpose will probably be improved manufacturing from UW’s principally acquainted personnel.

As our 2021 place primer sequence continues, right here’s a take a look at the Huskies’ huge receivers, tight ends and offensive linemen.


Who’s again

Terrell Bynum, rs.-jr, 6-1, 190

Puka Nacua, so., 6-1, 210

Rome Odunze, fr., 6-3, 205

Jalen McMillan, fr., 6-1, 185

Marquis Spiker, rs.-so., 6-3, 200

Austin Osborne, rs.-so., 6-2, 200

Sawyer Racanelli, fr., 6-2, 210

Who’s out

Ty Jones

Jordan Chin

Who’s new

Jabez Tinae, fr., 6-1, 205

Outlook: Washington’s huge receiver manufacturing underwhelmed in a four-game pattern measurement final fall, because the group’s leaders in catches and receiving yards — Puka Nacua and Terrell Bynum — solely performed three.

Nonetheless, there may be expertise right here for offensive coordinator John Donovan and huge receivers coach Junior Adams to try to maximise. Nacua is an explosive 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior who has solely begun to showcase his important expertise. Bynum has confirmed priceless as a possession receiver and possibility on reverses and end-arounds. Rome Odunze and Jalen McMillan — a pair of four-star prospects — every earned reps as true freshmen this fall and can probably see their roles develop of their second seasons in Seattle.

There are query marks, too. Can former four-star recruits Marquis Spiker and Austin Osborne, who’ve did not make an affect in three seasons on Montlake, lastly change into constant contributors? Can second-year freshman Sawyer Racanelli or incoming freshman (and quarterback Sam Huard’s prep teammate at Kennedy Catholic) Jabez Tinae discover their method onto the sphere? After Ty Jones (Fresno State) and Jordan Chin (Sacramento State) every discovered new properties this offseason, are there additional switch portal additions or departures nonetheless to come back?

In Donovan’s second season, UW’s offensive coordinator should show his scheme can make the most of huge receivers as greater than a decoy or a glorified change of tempo. It seems he’ll have the gamers to make such a press release.


Who’s again

Cade Otton, jr., 6-5, 240

Jack Westover, rs.-so., 6-3, 245

Devin Culp, rs.-so., 6-3, 245

Mark Redman, fr., 6-6, 245

Mason West, fr., 6-4, 225

Who’s out

Jack Yary

Who’s new

Quentin Moore, so., 6-5, 245

Caden Jumper, fr., 6-3, 250

Outlook: It’s doable Cade Otton might be the perfect tight finish within the nation in 2021. As a real junior final fall, the first-team All-Pac-12 performer led the Huskies in catches (18), receiving yards (258) and receiving touchdowns (3), whereas additionally incomes acclaim as a bruising run-blocker. A 6-5, 240-pound expertise from Tumwater, Otton might have declared for the 2021 NFL Draft however opted as a substitute to return for one more run.

Westover, who earned a scholarship final offseason, considers himself a decent finish however performs extra of a halfback function for the Huskies — contributing one catch and 5 carries for 22 yards final season.

However don’t count on to see simply these two within the tight finish rotation. UW head coach Jimmy Lake mentioned final month that “we’re going to be in two-tight finish units, one-tight finish units, three-tight finish units, four-tight finish units, three-receiver units, four-receiver units. It’s going to be very, very a number of, which you guys have seen. You guys have solely seen the start of it.”

Quentin Moore — the highest junior school tight finish within the nation, who signed with home-state Washington final month — might current one other dynamic receiving possibility for the Huskies’ beginning quarterback (whoever he’s). Redshirt sophomore Devin Culp and freshman Mark Redman every earned taking part in time as properly final season and can probably be counted on in some function going ahead.

Lake favored to say final season that heavyweights aren’t allowed to battle lightweights for a purpose, and he has no scarcity of heavyweights on the tight finish place.


Who’s again

Left deal with

Jaxson Kirkland, rs.-jr., 6-7, 295

Troy Fautanu, rs.-fr., 6-4, 315

Roger Rosengarten, fr., 6-6, 280

Samuel Peacock, fr., 6-6, 270

Left guard

Ulumoo “M.J.” Ale, rs.-so., 6-6, 355

Gaard Memmelaar, fr., 6-4, 295


Luke Wattenberg, rs.-sr., 6-5, 300

Matteo Mele, rs.-so, 6-5, 300

Myles Murao, fr., 6-3, 330

Proper guard

Henry Bainivalu, rs.-jr., 6-6, 335

Nate Kalepo, rs.-fr., 6-6, 330

Geirean Hatchett, fr., 6-4, 295

Proper deal with

Victor Curne, rs.-so., 6-3, 330

Corey Luciano, rs.-jr., 6-4, 295

Julius Buelow, rs.-fr., 6-8, 325

Who’s out

Cole Norgaard

Who’s new

Owen Prentice, fr., 6-3, 290

Robert Wyrsch, fr., 6-7, 285

Outlook: UW has been afforded full continuity on the offensive line. All 5 starters — left deal with Jaxson Kirkland, left guard Ulumoo “M.J.” Ale, middle Luke Wattenberg, proper guard Henry Bainivalu and proper deal with Victor Curne — will probably be again in 2021. Kirkland, a first-team All-Pac-12 choice in his first season after shifting from proper guard to left deal with, opted to return slightly than declare for the NFL Draft. Wattenberg can be again as a sixth-year senior to offer a gradual presence at middle.

And but, UW has developed some priceless depth as properly. Left deal with Troy Fautanu and proper deal with Corey Luciano each performed in all 4 video games final season, and redshirt sophomore middle Matteo Mele made a begin at Arizona when Nick Harris was injured in 2019.

However that offensive line additionally produced inconsistent outcomes. The Huskies’ 0.25 sacks allowed per recreation final season completed second nationally, however they ranked simply sixth within the Pac-12 in dashing offense (176.25 yards per recreation) and eighth in yards per carry (4.52). They managed a mean of 102.5 dashing yards and three.42 yards per carry of their final two video games.

In different phrases, 5 returning starters nonetheless must make some important strides.

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