Washington receiver medically retires; Four others will transfer

Washington receiver medically retires; Four others will transfer

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ashington’s wide receiver depth has taken a hit — at least in terms of experience. The school announced on Thursday that senior wide receiver James Johnson is retiring from football because of injury.

After a promising start, James Johnson's (3) career never never took off.

After a promising start, James Johnson’s (3) career never never took off.

Johnson injured his wrist during fall camp last season and redshirted after he underwent surgery. He was back at full speed this spring before re-injuring his wrist.

The would-be fifth year senior missed the spring game, and now his career is done.

Johnson’s career got off to a promising start, but as it would turn out, it would be his best season with the Huskies.

In 2009, the Valley Center, Calif. native became the first true freshman receiver in UW history to score touchdowns in the first two games of his career. He finished the season with 39 receptions for 422 yards and three touchdowns.

Johnson caught just one pass the following year, but rebounded as a junior in 2011. He appeared in 11 games, starting four and finished the sea on with 28 catches for 366 yards and four TDs.

The Huskies signed a talented group of three wide receivers in the 2013 class that should help ease the loss. That group of newcomers is highlighted by consensus 4-star recruits Darrell Daniels (6-4, 205) and Damore’ea Stringfellow (6-2, 205).

In addition to Johnson, the school announced the departures of four other players. Redshirt freshman defensive back Darien Washington, and a trio of sophomores including receiver Jamaal Jones, running back Erich Wilson II and linebacker Evan Zeger have been granted their release.

It has been reported that Wilson will transfer to San Jose State and play for former Washington wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty, now the Spartans’ offensive coordinator.

Washington (5-10, 162) was a 3-star cornerback from Norwalk (Calif.) Orange Lutheran.

Jones (6-1, 188) redshirted in 2011 and played in two games in 2012 but did not register a statistic. He was a 3-star recruit out of Spanaway (Wash.) Graham-Kapowsin in the 2011 class.

After a redshirt season in 2011, Zeger (6-2, 223) saw action in three games last year. He was a 3-star recruit out of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.

Photo credit: John Froschauer / AP

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