Adam Jude of the Seattle Times is reporting that Junior Adams has been offered the position of wide receivers coach and that the deal is likely to be finalized. Footballscoop.com first reported the news and Bruce Feldman of The Athletic has also reported it.
EDIT 1/17 9:14a: Coach Petersen has made the hiring official
Adams is set to replace Matt Lubick who moved on from the coaching profession a few weeks ago. This will be the 4th WR coach the Huskies have had in the last 6 seasons.
While Adams never coached directly under Chris Petersen, it is fair to say that he is still a part of the broader Petersen coaching family. He started his college ball at Oregon State before finishing it at Montana State. Adams ended up at Eastern Washington under Beau Baldwin where he coached the WRs for 5 seasons from 2009-2013.
He then spent 2 seasons at Boise State taking over as the WR coach under Bryan Harsin after Coach Petersen took much of the staff with him to Washington. Adams left Boise for Western Kentucky where he added Offensive Coordinator to his credentials but Mike Sanford and his staff were let go after just 2 seasons in November.
Adams rebounded and took a job at Appalachian State as an offensive assistant just 10 days ago before apparently being lured to Washington.
For those hoping for a home run superstar hire to cause Kyle Ford or Puka Nacua to sprint to the phone to change their commitments to Washington...this isn’t it. That doesn’t mean that it’s a bad hire. Petersen has generally upgraded whenever he’s felt the need to make a coaching change. But the biggest positive in Adams’ resume is that he helped recruit Cooper Kupp to EWU and was there while they had a prolific passing game. It’s unclear how much of that can be attributed to Adams’ coaching of the WRs.
The Hilltoppers ranked 110th in FBS in total yards this season after finishing 60th a season ago. They were however a much more proficient passing offense during Adams’ time finishing 87th in total passing yards this year but 6th in 2017.
While there are obvious recruiting concerns at the WR position considering how many of UW’s targets ended up going elsewhere, development will be the biggest part of Adams’ job. Washington’s 2018 WR class of Marquis Spiker, Austin Osborne, and Trey Lowe was held aloft as one of the best in the country and all of them have serious talent. If Washington can get the trio to play up to their potential over the next few years then it’ll show recruits that Seattle’s a place where they can have success and UW won’t have to sell recruits on “if”. But given the failures of the UW passing game in the second half of this past year it’s clear that Washington really needs this hire to pan out.
Adams will need to get to work right away as UW target and current USC commit Puka Nacua is expected to take an official visit to Montlake in a little over a week. Flipping his signature would be a very nice way to start off Adams’ tenure on the right foot. Welcome Junior to the Husky family!