Washington Huskies Player Profile: Jermaine Kearse

Mike McDonaldContributor IAugust 8, 2009

TUSCON - OCTOBER 4:  Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Washington Huskies grips the ball as he is tackled by Marquis Hundley #23 of the Arizona Wildcats on October 4, 2008 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Next to D’Andre Goodwin this season will be the 6’2’’ 201lb sophomore Jermaine Kearse. According to scout.com, Kearse ran a 4.55 40 yard dash at the combine.

Because Kearse is called Washington’s “deep threat,” and is regarded as “pretty physical with deceptive speed,” I am confident in saying that he is faster now.

Kearse was a true freshman last year and played in all 12 games and started against OU and Notre Dame. He was second on the team with 20 receptions and 301 yards with 15.1 yards per catch. He had the most receiving touchdowns on the team with two.

One that does not really know the Huskies would say that his stats are not impressive at all. However, keep in mind that Kearse was a true freshman last year and was catching passes from Ronnie Fouch for most of the season; a QB with talent but was not ready at all.

Kearse won the Travis Spring Most Outstanding Freshman (Offense) Award at the postseason awards banquet.

Kearse had a few respectable games against BYU and Stanford in 2008. Against BYU Kearse had two receptions for 54 yards and a TD and against Stanford he had six receptions and 52 yards and a TD. His longest reception was 62 yards this last season and he had two games with 60 yards or more.

Jermaine Kearse is going to be a great young receiver this year and if Jake Locker stays healthy we should see him put up over 600 receiving yards and at least six touchdowns.