SEATTLE — A severe injury to a star player made Washington’ 41-17 victory over California on Saturday night feel like a loss.
Kasen Williams, a junior receiver from Skyline High School in Sammamish, suffered a broken bone in his left foot when he landed awkwardly trying to catch a pass during the second quarter Saturday.
Afterward, coach Steve Sarkisian said Williams will likely miss the rest of the season.
“We know there’s a break and a dislocation in his foot, so he’s going to be out quite some time,” Sarkisian said. “Obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with Kasen. He’s a great kid. He’s already home. I know the guys are all headed over there to see him”
Williams, the Parade All-America national player of the year as a senior at Skyline, caught 29 passes for 421 yards this season before his injury. He went up to try to catch a pass against Cal cornerback Kameron Jackson, and his left leg crumpled
awkwardly beneath him when he landed on the Husky Stadium turf.
Trainers helped Williams to the sideline and examined him there. His left foot was then placed in an air cast, and he was carted out of the stadium for further examination.
Williams was taken to Harborview Medical Center, but had already returned home by the time Sarkisian addressed reporters.
He has one year of eligibility remaining.
Sophomore receiver Jaydon Mickens said that on the sideline after the injury, Williams was “just like a competitor would be if he couldn’t play. He was just out of it. But we’re going to rally around him as a team and get him back going.”christiancaple@ thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/uwsports @ChristianCaple