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Originally published August 23, 2011 at 9:39 PM | Page modified August 23, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Huskies WR not hearing footsteps

If Devin Aguilar keeps to his current pace, he'll be among Washington's top 10 career receiving leaders when the season ends. When the Huskies took...

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If Devin Aguilar keeps to his current pace, he'll be among Washington's top 10 career receiving leaders when the season ends.

When the Huskies took the field for a scrimmage Saturday, however, Aguilar was with the No. 2 offense.

Part of the reason was a strained muscle that sidelined him for a couple of days last week.

But as Aguilar — a veteran of 17 starts with 90 career catches — enters his senior season, he also finds increasing competition to get on the field.

The initial first-unit receivers Saturday were Jermaine Kearse, sophomore Kevin Smith and true freshman Kasen Williams, the latter two youngsters whose progress could give the Huskies one of the best receiving corps in the Pac-12.

On the surface, it's the kind of scenario that some might think could lead to tension, a veteran potentially giving up time and touches to newcomers.

But Aguilar says he's taking it all in stride.

"It doesn't affect me at all," he said. "As a senior, I know my role and the coaches know what I can do. As far as the young guys, that just makes our corps even better. We have more options, more playmakers mixing in."

Aguilar has proved what he can do, serving as the possession receiver the last few years to complement the big plays of Kearse.

In fact, Aguilar had 18 catches in UW's first four games last season, scoring a key touchdown in the win at USC.

But he suffered a strained hip during a practice before the Arizona State game, which caused him to miss two games and limited him in two others, going a month without a catch.

When that happened, the UW receiving corps was somewhat hamstrung, with few proven weapons other than Kearse and the since-departed D'Andre Goodwin, especially with James Johnson battling an injury and Smith breaking a thumb against USC.

But this year, the Huskies would have more depth to weather an injury or two.

This could be UW's deepest receiving corps since the Reggie Williams-Charles Frederick-Paul Arnold days.

For Aguilar, this year is it, and he says he won't spend any of it worrying about playing time.

"We are all good together," he said. "We understand that this is probably the best corps that we have had in a long time, and if a guy is making their plays, you have to respect that. The only thing now is to transfer that to a game situation instead of playing each other the whole time. Then you see how the guys do and how they progress."

Note

• Coach Steve Sarkisian announced that receiver Marvin Hall of Los Angeles was denied by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Sarkisian said UW is appealing the ruling. UW last week learned that RB Kyle Lewis was also denied. Hall and Lewis are the only freshman recruits in the class not practicing with the Huskies. Also, JC transfer Antavius Sims has yet to be admitted into school.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com

Returning receivers
Freshman Kasen Williams joins returning receivers to make one of the deepest receiving corps in the Pac-12. Here are their 2010 numbers.
Name Games Rec Yards TDs Long Avg/Gm
Jermaine Kearse 13 63 1,005 12 66 77.3
Devin Aguilar 11 28 352 2 44 32.0
Kevin Smith 10 1 18 0 18 1.8

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