April 16, 2009
The Husky receiving corps has potential to be one of the deepest and most talented positions on the squad. The group is comprised of mostly underclassmen that are still learning the ropes and hoping to breakout. Two such players are freshman Anthony Boyles and sophomore-to-be Jermaine Kearse.
Kearse played in all 12 games in 2008 and led the team in receiving touchdowns and was second in receiving yards with 309. Kearse is having an impressive spring, already showing that he is picking up the new offense and building rapport with Husky quarterback Jake Locker on long passing plays and short timing routes.
Boyles came to Washington as a highly-touted recruit out of Southern California in January 2008. After redshirting the 2009 season, Boyles entered the spring looking to learn the new offense and work his way up the depth chart. At 6-foot-3, Boyles is one of the Huskies tallest receivers and could be a major weapon in Coach Sarkisian offense over his career.
GoHuskies.com spoke with Kearse and Boyles after a recent practice to talk about Spring Football.
Gohuskies.com: How do you feel about your performance so far in practice?
Kearse: I feel pretty good. I have to fight mentally through the heat; it got hot in the pads. We got through it and I'm feeling good about my practice and performance.
GH.com: Does some of this spring heat get you ready for the hotter summer practices?
Kearse: It will definitely get us ready for that. Hopefully it will stay like this though because I don't really like to practice in the rain. It's going to help us get better. It's going to help us fight mentally through the struggles of the weather and to fight through the heat of practicing while still going hard.
GH.com: How do you think you are adjusting to the new coaching staff and offense?
Kearse: I think I'm doing pretty well. I'm learning the offense well. The coaching staff is great. I like working with them. I think I'm working well with them and I'm feeling pretty good.
GH.com: Your name has been mentioned consistently as one of the top performers at wide receiver in camp. What kind of motivation does that give you on a daily basis?
Kearse: I just try to be the player of the practice, every practice. That's my goal every practice, to be the player of the practice. That's what I work for.
GH.com: What does it mean to you being a Husky after growing up in the area?
Kearse: It means a lot to me. The program has a lot of tradition here, a lot of winning tradition. We go through past Huskies almost every practice and talk about the legacies they left. We are trying to come back and restore that legacy.
Gohuskies.com: What do you think about practicing now with the heat picking up?
Boyles: It's very hot and intense. It's really fast.
GH.com: Is there a change in the feel surrounding the program that you have noticed?
Boyles: Yeah, it's a big change. It starts in the weight room and spills out there on the football field -- you want to play. The coaches are great.
GH.com: What's the main thing that you are looking forward to for next year?
Boyles: I'm looking forward to just getting better day-by-day and getting stronger and faster. I just need to focus on the plays and know what I need to do and after that -- just take it from there.
GH.com: What do you think about having fans at practice?
Boyles: It's makes you want to work even harder in front of the fans and get more excited for each practice.