Kalen DeBoer hopes to have Jalen McMillan back in action for Washington’s first conference road contest.

The No. 7 Huskies improved to 4-0 with a 59-32 win over Cal in Week 4 despite the absence of McMillan. The star wide receiver was injured in the first half of the Week 3 blowout win over Michigan State and missed all of the Pac-12 opener against the Bears.

In his Arizona week press conference, DeBoer was asked about the latest on McMillan.

“Yeah, he’s working really hard through it,” DeBoer told reporters. “He did some things (Sunday). I feel very optimistic. He’s working as hard as he can to get ready for this weekend.”

McMillan is part of a Washington trio of receivers averaging triple-digit production. In 3 appearances, McMillan has 20 catches for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns. He had 4 receptions for 96 yards before exiting the Michigan State game.

Rome Odunze leads UW receivers in all the major categories with 27 receptions (6.8 per game) for 544 yards (136/game) and 4 TDs. Ja’Lynn Polk has stepped up in McMillan’s absence. Against Cal, Polk posted a career-high 8 catches for 127 yards and 2 scores. He’s averaging 5.3 catches per game for 103.7 yards.