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Rome Odunze, WR

Washington's best wide receiver this season, and arguably the best in the Power Five, is redshirt junior star Rome Odunze. Odunze led the PAC-12 in receiving yards, with over 1,400 on 81 catches and with 14 total touchdowns this season.

The uber-talented 6-foot-3 and 200-pound receiver for the Huskies finished second in the Biletnikoff Award voting behind the Ohio State Buckeyes star wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.

But there is a good argument to be made that Odunze deserved the Biletnikoff Award more than Harrison. Odunze had over 200 more receiving yards than Harrison, more 100-yard receiving games (nine), and had half the number of drops (three fewer than Harrison).

Nonetheless, Odunze among the most valuable players on any PAC-12 team this season. He's the leading receiver on the nation's top passing offense for the Huskies.

Odunze was the other half of Washington's duo of highly touted blue-chip wide receiver commits in the Huskies 2020 signing class. McMillan and Odunze were two of the higher-rated signees in Washington's 2020 class that ranked 18th nationally in the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings.

As you would expect with a highly touted 6-foot-3 blue-chip wide receiver recruit who hailed from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, NV, Odunze was a sought-after prospect by many of the nation's top college programs. Odunze held offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, the Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas, and many others.

Odunze was recruited by Sarkisian and special teams coordinator Jeff Banks when they were on staff with Alabama. Sarkisian and Banks wanted both McMillan and Odunze in the 2020 class. But this talented duo of blue-chip wide receiver recruits ultimately opted to stay closer to home and sign with Washington.

Signing Odunze turned out to be one of the best moves by the Huskies on the recruiting trail in the last couple of decades. Odunze has emerged as a First-Team AP-All American this season. He is just the second Washington wide receiver in program history to register over 3,000 receiving yards.

And Odunze is the only Washington receiver ever to register over 3,000 career receiving yards and at least 25 total touchdowns.