Washington’s Elijah Molden takes his footwork as seriously as his father, Alex, did at Oregon before becoming a first-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in the 1996 NFL Draft. Molden is frequently tasked with the tough assignments in the litany of man coverage used by Washington current head coach and former defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake. The former West Lin High School (Ore.) product earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2019 after finishing with 79 tackles, four interceptions and 13 pass break-ups.
Today, we go inside our lenses with Washington senior wide receiver Aaron Fuller. Fuller -who caught five passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday versus Eastern Washington- continues to impress with his high-flying antics.
2 Fuller in the pregame
Fuller began his 2019 campaign with five receptions for 73 yards and two touchdowns versus Eastern Washington. His one-handed twisting catch while keeping one foot inbounds made most of the highlights around the country from Week 1. In 2018, Fuller caught a career-high 58 passes for 874 yards (15.1 YPR) and four touchdowns.
2 Fuller can catch the ball over his left shoulder
The team frequently put Fuller at the No. 2 slot receiver position to run fade patterns in 2018. His ability to adjust to the ball over either shoulder is one of the big reasons he's been employed on the concepts. As a prep level track and field athlete at Lucas Lovejoy HS (Tex.), Fuller ran 22.0 in the 200 meters and nearly went 22-feet in the long jump (21'10.5").
2 Fuller running with the ball on quick screen copy
The team uses him on a number of wide receiver screens to get the ball in his hands. On this one-step screen versus UCLA in 2018 Fuller made several Bruins miss on his way to a 19-yard gain. He has not, however, stood out as a punt returner while in school.
2 Fuller DROPS crossing route
Although Fuller dropped this crossing route in the fourth quarter of the UCLA contest in October 2018, he has shown relatively reliable hands throughout his career. On several crossing routes (see video from Colorado '18 below), he has flashed the skill to snatch the ball while running at high speeds.
2 Fuller High-flying Husky 2
Fuller (No. 2 pictured timing this 46-yard reception vs UCLA's Nate Meadors in 2018) exhibits requisite timing and body control to adjust to passes on the field. New Huskies quarterback Jacob Eason seems to have already found a comfort level giving Fuller chances on 50-50 passes.
Photography by: Corey Chavous, DraftNasty Magazine