Quarterbacks draw the most attention on a team, but they need to throw it to somebody else to win. For Washington football, Aaron Fuller catches the most passes.
Aaron Fuller currently is Washington football‘s number one receiver and also does double-duty as the punt returner. He is in his third year on the Huskies team. As a freshman in 2016, he showed promise catching 16 balls for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Last year he caught 26 passes for 291 yards and one touchdown which came in the final game, a loss to Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl.
This year he leads the Huskies in catches with 37 and yardage of 589. Among wide receivers, he is tied for second in touchdowns on the team with two. Ty Jones Washington’s outside speed receiver leads the group with five touchdowns.
As the team leader in receptions, the Huskies and quarterback Jake Browning depend on him when a big catch is needed. This past weekend, in UW’s overtime loss to the Oregon Ducks, Fuller was covered pretty well by the secondary. He only caught two passes for 15 yards.
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I am sure this coming Saturday he will make up for it at home against the Colorado Buffaloes. The loss to Oregon likely takes the Huskies out of the national championship series, but they are at the top of the Pac-12 North division, with a conference record of 3-1 and 5-2 overall. Stanford, Washington State, and Oregon are tied for second place with 2-1 conference records.
When it comes to returning punts, Fuller has a long way to go if he is going to catch up with his predecessor Dante Pettis, who broke the NCAA record for return touchdowns with nine. Actually, the junior doesn’t have a return for a score yet but with time. I’m sure we will see him take at least one to the house this year, hopefully in a big game. For 2018 he has 12 punt returns for 66 yards, an average of 5.5 yards per return.
Aaron Fuller and the rest of the Huskies will need to get back to winning and need Oregon to lose at least one more time for them to play in the Pac-12 championship game. This week the Ducks take on the Washington State Cougars in Pullman so the winner should stay on track with the Huskies long as they beat Colorado.
The lanky Texan reminds me of Doug Baldwin, the Seattle Seahawks receiver, who also plays the slot and makes big catches for his quarterback. That doesn’t mean Fuller will be the next Doug Baldwin but I wouldn’t count him out either. I believe Fuller is tough and gritty, so I look forward to seeing more of him.