The former Federal Way High star should be eligible for a medical redshirt season.
Washington junior wide receiver Chico McClatcher will miss the remainder of the season with a broken ankle, UW coach Chris Petersen announced Monday.
McClatcher, the starting slot receiver, was blocking on a run play late in the third quarter of the Huskies’ victory at Colorado on Saturday when a Colorado defender rolled awkwardly over his left leg.
A former Federal Way High star, McClatcher turns 21 today.
One of the most well-liked players in the locker room, he is UW’s second-leading receiver this season, with 10 catches for 128 yards.
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“I think they are looking at consulting with the doctors today. We think there’s going to be surgery and all that,” Petersen said.
McClatcher played in every game for the Huskies as a true freshman in 2015, scoring four total touchdowns that season. In 2016, he was third on the team with 34 receptions for 574 yards and five touchdowns.
He sat out of UW’s victory over Fresno State on Sept. 16 with a separate injury, meaning he has appeared in three games this season. Petersen said there’s “a really good” chance that McClatcher will be eligible for a medical redshirt season. NCAA rules allow for a medical redshirt if a player has not participated more than three games or 30 percent of his team’s games.
“Just did the math and he’s right there,” Petersen said.
“I just feel really bad — we all do — for Chico. That’s hard,” Petersen said. “Guys are playing well, and have worked so hard — but that’s part of football.
“They’ve just got to stay positive. One of the No. 1 things in getting a guy back as fast as you can is their mental approach to it. Our trainers and doctors would always say that. Those guys being more upbeat, it is so hard when you get slugged in the gut like that. And so we just really think about those kids who are going to be out. But after that, it is next man up. That is part of the philosophy. That is football. That is how it goes. Nobody feels sorry for us at all outside of this building. We really feel for Chico, but everybody else is throwing a party when they see Chico isn’t going to be out there. So the next guy better step up, and that is going to come from multiple guys.”
The Huskies have also been without starting sophomore receiver Andre Baccellia the past two games. Without him, UW has gone largely with a by-committee approach at the position. Behind No. 1 receiver Dante Pettis, the Huskies ave sophomore Quinten Pounds, junior Brayden Lenius, sophomore Aaron Fuller and redshirt freshman Jordan Chin.
Freshman tight end Hunter Bryant has also emerged as a viable threat in the passing game, and freshman running back Salvon Ahmed could be an option at slot receiver too.