"I’m in such a great place," the 6-foot-5 receiver says in his first interview in two years.

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There were moments of doubt, sure. But Brayden Lenius held strong to the notion that he would get back on to the field for the Huskies, that he would reemerge better, stronger.

He insists he has.

“I worked so hard to get here, so there (was) no reason to give up, at all,” Washington’s 6-foot-5 junior receiver said Wednesday in his first interview since 2015.

“I’m in such a beautiful place with this football team, at this university. Even though I was at the lowest of lows and there were thoughts of, ‘Oh, I want to give up,’ there was no way I was giving up. I was going to fight.”

Lenius played in all 14 games for the Huskies as a 17-year-old true freshman in 2014. He was a part-time starter in 2015.

He was, in effect, persona non grata for the Huskies in 2016. Bothered by knee injuries, he missed all of spring ball last year. He was then suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season for an unspecified violation of team rules, and ultimately he wound up redshirting.

A humbling year, certainly.

Lenius said weekly meetings with coach Chris Petersen last year helped him turn things around on and off the field.

“I’m in such a great place,” he said. “I know Coach Pete believes in me. We’d have weekly meetings and he would keep saying, ‘I believe in you. Just keep working, keep working.’ …

“I knew I would come to this day. I always kept faith.”

In the Huskies’ season-opening victory at Rutgers last week, there was Lenius on the field as part of UW’s regular receiver rotation. He is also on the kickoff coverage unit.

“I’ve got a ton of respect for him (after) taking more or less the year off,” UW offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith said. “He continued to battle and improve. You’re going to continue to see him more.”

Lenius had one catch for 15 yards against Rutgers. He was more nervous for Friday’s game than he was for his first game as a freshman.

“I’m just happy to be back,” he said. “I missed the team last year. I was working hard and made up for my mistakes and moved on and I became a better man. I’m so happy to be back with these boys. …

“Since last year, it’s 100 percent different. My knees are 100 percent. Obviously, there’s still a little pain, but I feel like a whole different person.”

Lenius, still just 20 years old, had another sitdown meeting with Petersen recently.

“This,” Petersen told him, “is where you’re supposed to be, and I’m proud of you and happy for you.”

Said Lenius: “He knew I was going to come out of it, and that’s why he believed in me and stuck with me. I’m in a good place now.”