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UW Huskies spring football preview: Dante Pettis takes over as No. 1 target for young wide receiving corps

A primer on UW’s wide receivers and tight ends entering spring practices next week.

To count down the start of the Huskies’ spring football on March 27, we’ll offer a primer of each position unit, assessing what happened in 2016 and expectations for 2017.

Today: Wide receivers and tight ends

Projected depth chart:

Wide receiver:

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Outside
Dante Pettis, sr., 6-1, 192
Andre Baccellia, so., 5-10, 173
K.J. Young, sr., 6-0, 188
John Gardner, jr., 6-3, 187*
Josh Rasmussen, so., 5-11, 182*

Outside
Quinten Pounds, so., 5-11, 183
Brayden Lenius, jr., 6-5, 234
Ty Jones, fr., 6-4, 206
Forrest Dunivin, sr., 6-4, 200*
Nik Little, sr., 6-5, 207
Paul Wells, so., 5-9, 170*

Slot
Chico McClatcher, jr., 5-7, 179
Aaron Fuller, so.,
Max Richmond, jr., 5-9, 181*
Jordan Chin, rs-fr., 6-0, 165

2016 review: It would be difficult to overstate the influence John Ross III had on the Huskies’ offensive breakthrough last season. His presence — and, specifically, his speed — was something defenses had to account for on every snap, making things just a little bit easier for Jake Browning and the rest of the offense. Ross put together one of the greatest seasons by a UW receiver ever — 81 catches, 1,150 yards, 17 touchdowns — and appears to be a sure-fire first-round NFL draft pick next week. Ross’ All-America season overshadowed the (long) strides Dante Pettis made as a junior. Going into 2016, there were questions about Pettis’ ability to make tough catches and to be a committed blocker downfield; he answered just about every question, and should step in nicely as Browning’s new No. 1 target. Pettis is one of the best all-around athletes on the team — this weekend, in his first track meet since high school, he posted a mark of 23 feet, 10-1/4 inches for the UW track team in their outdoor season opener at USC; that mark was best on the team and sixth at the meet — and figures to take over as…

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