Goodwin leads a deep receiving corps

August, 17, 2009
8/17/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

SEATTLE -- First off, for those of you who believe Washington is out of juice, you should have seen the guest of honor sitting behind me at lunch in the athletic dining hall.

Steve Balmer. He's ranked No. 29 in this poll.

The Huskies will be in full-pads tonight  so it will be good to see some hitting.

As for the story...

Chatted with receiver D'Andre Goodwin and asked him about how things felt last season during preseason practices. I wondered if he had a premonition of 0-12.

"We didn't come out here with bad attitudes thinking we weren't going to be a good team," he said. "This summer, though, I noticed how much harder we could have been working. I'm more confident now."

What's the biggest difference?

"Everything we do is coached up -- small details," he said.

As an example, he said that when a running back or receivers starts flapping the ball around away from his body, he runs a lap.

Unless you are a Husky fan, you may not have heard of Goodwin, but the junior is the leading returning receiver in the conference, at least in terms of receptions per game (5.0).

"I'd rather play for a good team than get publicity," he said.

Goodwin leads a receiving corps that may sneak up on some folks. The Huskies run a solid six deep at the position, and that doesn't include impressive freshman James Johnson.

A big issue with the Huskies is quarterback Jake Locker's accuracy. He looked good to me during the morning practice, and the overwhelming consensus is he's improved in that area.

If the Huskies offensive line can protect him, Locker has the tools at receiver to move the ball through the air.

Of course, no one will buy such an assertion until it happens in a game. Goodwin likes it that he and his receiver-mates are operating under the radar.

"I feel like they don't know about us and that's a good thing," he said. "I don't think a lot of people know how hard we are working and preparing."

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