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2011 BCS Champ. Position Breakdown - WRs
Auburn WR Darvin Adams
Auburn WR Darvin Adams
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Posted Jan 7, 2011


The position-by-position breakdown of the 2011 BCS Championship - Receivers


2011 BCS Champ. Breakdown

Auburn vs. Oregon - Receivers

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CFN 2011 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN

- Quarterbacks | Running Backs
- Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches

By Pete Fiutak

Auburn: The job for the Auburn receivers is simple; block downfield, hit the home run when teams cheat up against the run, and keep working to get open, because Cam Newton can buy himself ten days to throw. 6-3, 185-pound junior Darvin Adams has become one of the nation’s premier home run hitters averaging 16.6 yards per catch in 2009 before Newton was under center, and dominating this year averaging 19 yards per grab highlighted by a seven-catch, 217-yard, two touchdown day against Alabama. 6-1, 211-pound senior Terrell Zachary set the Alabama high school receiving record and was a huge recruit for the program, but he missed all of 2007 with academic issues, was a non-factor in 2008, and came up with a decent 2009. This year he has grown into a great running mate for Adams catching 38 passes for 585 yards and four scores.

Former quarterback Kodi Burns and Philip Lutzenkirchen, one of the nation’s top tight end recruits in 2009, have each come up with big moments, but it’s sophomore Emory Blake, a lightly-recruited 6-1, 192-pounder, who has flourished as the No. 3 target catching seven touchdown passes on the year with three in the final four games.

Oregon: 6-1, 184-pound senior Jeff Maehl might not seem like an unstoppable playmaker, but he’s always open. The veteran is the No. 1 target in the passing game, and he has come up with an uncanny knack of coming up with the dagger catch at just the right time, breaking the will of defenses when they’ve held the Duck ground game on two plays to force a third-and-long. He’s not going to win many battles when locked onto by a good corner, but he’s great at finding the holes and is quick enough to break open in the seam. With enough speed to be a decent home run hitter, and a scorer’s mentality, making the big catches around the goal line, he makes the passing game work.

Maehl leads the team with 68 catches, while he No. 2 man, senior Drew Davis, has come up with an effective 36 with his three scores coming in key moments in wins over USC, Arizona, and Oregon State. Even after suffering a bad knee injury earlier in his career, he’s an ideal physical specimen as a perimeter blocker and is among the strongest and fastest of the team’s wide receivers. 6-4, 241-pound junior tight end David Paulson earned First Team All-Pac 10 honors catching 21 passes for 370 yards and four scores while serving as a terrific perimeter blocker.

ADVANTAGE: Even. Maehl and Adams are dead-even No. 1 targets, although in very different ways. Each has the ability to change the game with one big play, and each will be the focal point of the respective passing games. Paulson is good, but eventually Lutzenkirchen will be the far more productive of the two tight ends and could blow up if he’s part of the gameplan.

CFN 2011 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN

- Quarterbacks | Running Backs
- Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches