Quinten Pounds comes through for Huskies’ suddenly thin receiving corps

Chico McClatcher’s injury means UW’s young depth at wide receiver will be tested.

Washington’s wide receiver corps took a major hit Saturday night when standout slot receiver Chico McClatcher suffered a gruesome leg injury in the third quarter of UW’s 37-10 victory at Colorado.

The former Federal Way High star is expected to miss significant time.

The No. 6 Huskies (4-0) were already playing without sophomore starter Andre Baccellia, who has been sidelined the past two games with an unknown injury. He could return for the Huskies’ trip to Corvallis for Saturday’s 5 p.m. kickoff against Oregon State.

Wide receiver appeared to be a position of strength for UW coming into the season. Without McClatcher and Baccellia, the Huskies suddenly have questions at the position.

Chris Petersen talked last week about not wanting the offense to become “The Dante Pettis Show” on the perimeter. Now the Huskies’ young depth will really be tested.

Quinten Pounds figures to get more opportunities after his sensational touchdown catch early in the third quarter Saturday. Running a post route in the middle of the field, Pounds was on the run when he leaped in the end zone, beat two Colorado defenders in the air and came down with the juggling catch to give UW a 17-7 lead after the first drive of the second half.


“I didn’t realize who was really covering me,” said Pounds, a sophomore from Cypress, Calif. “All I saw was the ball. That was a pretty big play. It got the sideline going. It was a spark.”

It was Pounds’ only catch of the day, but no doubt the best play of his young UW career. It helped the Huskies outscore Colorado 27-3 in the second half.

“The guy made an unbelievable catch on that post route. I still don’t know how he caught it,” Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. “He had two guys all over him. It was a heck of a catch. They just made some more plays than we did, and we screwed some things up.”

Jake Browning has spread the ball around this season, as 13 different players have caught a pass this season. (That doesn’t include redshirt freshman Jordan Chin, who made his first start against Fresno State but is still looking for his first career reception.)

Behind standout senior Pettis, the Huskies have…

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