Rome is coming back; Odunze Back to Washington for 2023
This year in Washington, all potential draftees remaining eligible have announced their return in 2023. The only player in UW’s game against Texas who has yet to make a decision was WR Rome Odunze. Well, the wait is over as Odunze took to Twitter to announce that he too will be back for next season instead of taking part in The NFL draft.
It was clear in the preseason that Odunze could have a breakout year. He caught 41 balls for 415 yards and 4 TDs as a sophomore in 2021, but many of those came on small bubble screens where he was forced to break tackles to gain any yardage. With his combination of size and athleticism, as well as a competent offensive system/play, it seemed like the sky might be the limit for Odunze.
It happened in 2022, with Cullen DeBoer playing offense with Michael Penix Jr. at quarterback. Starting Pac-12 play, Odunze has gone on a tear with 8+ catches for 100+ receiving yards in 4 straight games. Although Odunze missed the Portland State game, he still topped 1,000 yards on the season, finishing with 75 catches for 1,145 yards and 7 TDs. It was enough to earn him 1st team all-Pac-12 honors a year later. Expect Odunze to receive plenty of preseason All-America buzz over the next few months.
Washington is now expected to return virtually its entire receiving corps from last year. We’ll see if further passing records are possible, but currently the only players to catch a pass that wasn’t returned are RB Wayne Taulapapa (24 for 225 yards) and WR Lognato Alexander (1 for 9 yards). The Huskies also add transfers WR Jeremy Bernard and TE Josh Cuevas, along with true freshmen WR Taeshon Lyons (not yet officially signed), Rasheed Williams and Keith Reynolds.
Welcome to Rome and it will be great to see you for another year in a Husky uniform!
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