Top 5 WRs in Husky History
The series continues with the top five wide receivers in Washington Huskies history. In case you missed the top five QBs or top five RBs, they are still available for your viewing pleasure. When considering the top receivers, the G.O.A.T. is pretty easy to figure out. The order for the next three becomes increasingly difficult and the inclusion of the final member is challenging as well. Ultimately receivers are dependent on the era in which they play (which precludes anyone from earlier than 1970 to really be considered), the quarterback who throws to them and their talent level. Interestingly enough, none of these players went on to great NFL careers (two of them were serviceable for awhile). Nevertheless it is fair to say that all five were a blast to watch in purple and gold.
5. Paul Skansi (1979-82)
My most vivid memory of Paul Skansi comes from his days as a Seahawk when he caught a desperate 25 yard touchdown pass from Dave Kreig to beat the Kansas City Chiefs (on the same day Derrick Thomas had seven sacks). For those a bit older than myself, the Skansi college era was nearly as impressive. Skansi completed his UW career with 1,992 yards (5th all-time) on 161 catches (3rd all-time) and 15 touchdowns (8th all-time). When he graduated after his four-year career, Skansi was the UW’s all-time leading receiver. He won the MVP of the 1979 Sun Bowl after catching the game winning touchdown.
4. Jerome Pathon (1995-97)
The 1997 season for Jerome Pathon stands as one of the greatest individual statistical years in Husky history for any position. Pathon finished the campaign fourth in the nation in receiving yards with 1245 (1st in the Pac-10). *Note: a guy named Randy Moss finished 1st nationally that season. His 69 catches were good enough for third in the Pac-10 that season and in the top 20 nationally as well. For his career Pathon finished with the fourth most receiving yards for a Husky ever with 2,275 and his 63.2 yards per game for a career place him 3rd in Husky lore. Lastly, his 17 career touchdowns are good enough for fourth on the all-time Dawg list.
3. Jermaine Kearse (2008-11)
With three straight seasons leading the Dawgs in receiving yards, Jermaine Kearse ended up second all-time in career yardage with 2,871. Kearse also is second all-time with 181 career catches and posted one of the only seven 1,000 yard seasons in Husky history (with 1,005 in 2010). Kearse had an ability to make the tough catch and the spectacular long reception as well including a ridiculous Alamo Bowl performance (that no one will remember due to guys named Price and RGIII).
2. Mario Bailey (1988-91)
The Huskies all-time leader in receiving touchdowns with 30, Bailey was the top target on the remarkable 1991 championship team. With 62 catches (12th in the nation) for 1037 yards (7th in the country) and 17 touchdowns (3rd in the nation), Bailey’s 1991 season was arguably better than Desmond Howard who won the Heisman trophy (62 catches, 985 yards, 19 touchdowns). His 141 career catches are fourth all-time at UW and his 2,306 yards are third all-time. And then there is this.
1. Reggie Williams (2001-03)
There are seven 1,000 yard seasons in Washington Husky history and Reggie Williams has three of them. Yes, three of them. He has 243 catches which is 63 more catches than any other Husky. His 3,598 career yards are about one season more than Kearse in second place (727 yards). Williams’ 2002 season of 94 catches and 1454 yards placed him in the upper top six in both categories. He is first and second in receptions/game for a season. He is first, fourth and sixth in yards per game for a season. And he averaged 97.2 yards/game for his career which is 33.1 yards more than the second place finisher in Husky history (Brian Slater). Need anymore proof?