By Bill Swartz
SEATTLE -- With injuries to front-line receivers and Colorado focused on Dante Pettis, the Washington Husky offense needed another pass receiver to emerge last Saturday night. Quinten Pounds did just that with a leaping 43-yard touchdown catch in between a pair of Buffaloes defenders.
It was a momentum-swinging play that revved up the Dawgs in their 37-10 Pac 12 opening victory in Boulder, Colorado.
Pounds is a red shirt-sophomore from Cypress, California, where he was a champion high school high jumper, a skill which aided his spectacular grab.
"Pretty much when you jump over the bar you get as high as you can, so when I go for the ball I go as high as I can and hopefully get it," explained Pounds.
Jumping and running was not something Quinten did very much in the fall of 2015 after suffering a torn ACL in the third game of the season. The injury and ensuing recovery tested Pounds' resolve.
"It was very difficult, I was very low at times. My teammates were trying to pick me up almost every day saying you can do it. They said it's going to get better, and you'll be back sooner than you think."
Quinten credits Dante Pettis, Jake Browning and coach Chris Petersen with giving him the constant encouragement.
Now, Pounds can become part of an emotional support network for teammate Chico McClatcher, who suffered a season-ending broken ankle in the Colorado game. Helping others is in Quinten Pounds' nature and maybe his future after college.
"As of right now I want to be a firefighter. It seems like something to help the world, and I just want to help anybody I possibly can."
On the football field the 5-11, 175 pounder can aid the Washington Huskies with more dynamic catches and unselfish run-blocking. With Pounds a bigger threat outside, Aaron Fuller, Brayden Lenius and freshman Salvon Ahmed are all candidates to fill the slot receiver role of McClatcher.
No. 6 Washington plays at Oregon State this Saturday. It's a 5 p.m. game time and radio coverage starts at noon with KOMO kickoff hosted by Gaard Swanson on am 1000/ 97.7 fm.
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