Washington announced Thursday that wide receiver James Johnson is “retiring” from Husky football because of injury.
Johnson redshirted last season in what was supposed to be his senior — and breakout — year because of wrist surgery. He was back at full speed this spring before re-injuring the wrist. Johnson did not play in the spring game. He’s now done.
Johnson became the first true freshman receiver in Huskies history to score touchdowns in each of his first two games. He played 30 games and caught 68 passes for 791 yards and seven touchdowns.
Washington will be able to counter his departure with a touted class of three incoming receivers. DiAndre Campbell is also expected to pick up more receptions in order to help what was primarily a two-headed passing attack last season, involving Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams.
Of that group, only Wilson seemed to have a future with the team. But, he would also have to wait while Bishop Sankey dominated carries and was supplemented by Jessie Callier and perhaps even Deontae Cooper, if each can remain healthy this fall. It has been reported that Wilson will transfer to San Jose State and play for former Washington wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty, who is the offensive coordinator there.
Theses departures should get Washington right around the limit of 85-player scholarship limit.