The football career of Washington wide receiver James Johnson is over.
Johnson, a fifth-year senior, has to retire because of an ongoing injury issue with his wrist. Johnson redshirted last season after wrist surgery.
After sitting out, Johnson was full speed for much of spring practice. Though, at the end, he reinjured his wrist and did not participate in the spring game.
Johnson had also fallen back on the depth chart. At one point considered a likely starter, he was practicing more often with the second and third offensive units by the end of spring.
Johnson, in 2009, 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 has a trio of touted receivers coming into fall camp. Damore’ea Stringfellow, 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, John Ross (5-11, 180) and Darrell Daniels (6-4, 220) are all expected to compete for immediate playing time. Stringfellow is the most renowned of the group.
In addition to Johnson’s departure, the school announced receiver Jamaal Jones, defensive back Darien Washington, tailback Erich Wilson II and linebacker Evan Zeger have been granted their release.
Because of injuries, Wilson received a lot of work during spring practice. He was part of a logjam at running back behind starter Bishop Sankey.firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/uwsports @Todd_Dybas