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Apple Cup 2011: Kasen's catching on

For today's paper, I wrote about wide receiver Kasen Williams. The ballyhooed recruit, who we watched explode onto the local scene at Skyline, has had a solid freshmen season. Of course, a lot of people expected more because of his mercurial talent. But even for someone as big, strong, fast and athletic as Kasen, there is an adjustment to playing at the college level.

From my story ...

Williams has caught 28 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns.

“It has taken time, like it does for some freshmen,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. “It’s taken longer to get comfortable.”

Plenty of receivers would take those numbers. But for Williams? Many people expected those stats to be doubled.

It seems unfair considering that Williams is playing his first season of college football. But such is the life for a player who stormed onto the Washington high school football scene as a freshman and became one of the most explosive and electrifying playmakers in state history.

But Williams seems satisfied with his first college season. Sure, he would have liked to catch more passes, score more touchdowns and be a bigger presence, but he learned something when it came to playing football at the Pacific-12 Conference level – being successful doesn’t just happen overnight, even for someone as talented as him.

“The quickness of the game is one aspect that’s taken me a while to adjust to,” he said. “The level is higher. The little things you get away with in high school are things you can’t get away with here.”

The little things he got away with at fall practice, where he dominated at times, didn’t carry over into games.

“They are watching film on me, just like I’m watching film on them,” he said. “They pick up everything.”[HTML2]