Add another name to 12th-ranked Washington’s football casualty list: Freshman TE Hunter Bryant, the team’s second-leading receiver with 21 catches, is likely out for at least the season’s final four regular-season games with a knee injury.
Coach Chris Petersen wasn’t specific Monday about the injury or the recovery timeline other than to say it was a “significant period.” The Huskies’ final scheduled game is the Apple Cup Nov. 25.
He was injured in the Huskies’ 44-23 win over UCLA Saturday when he made a catch and dove for the goal line. He was struck on the left leg as his foot was planted.
Bryant last week was named by Pro Football Focus as the nation’s No. 1 overall freshman. The 6-2, 240-pounder from Eastside Catholic High School had his first start against Fresno State. He has 331 yards in receptions and a touchdown.
The Huskies already have lost two offensive starters to injury: LT Trey Adams (knee) and WR Chico McClatcher (ankle).
The Huskies have two other primary tight ends, Will Dissly and Drew Sample, primarily blockers who together have 16 catches and 226 yards. Another tight end, senior David Ajamu, was lost in August to a broken ankle.
The Huskies (7-1, 4-1) opened as 26.5-point favorites over Oregon (5-4, 2-4), which beat Utah 41-20 to end a three-game losing streak, for the 7 p.m. Saturday game at Husky Stadium (FS1).