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Ten 2013 spring receiver situations
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Massive changes are happening with the ASU offense with head coach Gus Malzahn off to Auburn and all-star quarterback Ryan Aplin done. The passing game also needs help at receiver with Josh Jarboe and Taylor Stockemer done, but J.D. McKissic is back after leading the way averaging close to eight catches per game. Carlos McCants isn't a bad prospect after catching nine passes for 187 yards and a score doing most of his work as a deep threat early in the season. Senior R.J. Fleming started in the bowl game and finished the year with nine grabs for 113 yards. All of them have to ease in the new starting quarterback and the coaching staff.
Along with quarterback Sean Renfree, the Blue Devils lose Desmond Scott, Corey Gattis and the 283 career catches for 3,749 yards and 21 touchdowns of Conner Vernon. Fortunately, David Cutcliffe's good passing game welcomes back Jamison Crowder, a smallish junior who tied Vernon for the team lead in receiving yards with 1,075 on 76 catches and eight scores. Also back is 6-6, 235-pound junior Isaac Blakeney after catching 32 passes, and tight end David Reeves is growing into a factor with 18 catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns.
The Jayhawk passing game was miserable last season for a variety of reasons. The quarterback play was bad, and the receivers didn't exactly help the cause. Kale Pick is gone after leading the way with a paltry 26 catches, and Daymond Patterson and his 21 grabs is gone, too. It's not just about returning receivers for likely starting quarterback Jake Heaps to throw to; it's about finding playmakers. The upside is high for Tre Parmalee to become a big factor on the inside, while Brandon Bourbon and Chris Omigie will get several chances. JUCO transfers Rodriguez Coleman and Mark Thomas were signed to play right away.
The Ragin' Cajuns led the Sun Belt in scoring helped by one of the nation's most efficient passing games. Terrance Broadway is an emerging star at quarterback, but he loses leading receiver Harry Peoples and dangerous outside target Javone Lawson. Darryl Surgent is the team's leading returning target catching 34 passes for 569 yards and three touchdowns at the inside Z position. It'll be up to 6-4 Jamal Robinson to be the new go-to deep threat at the X after averaging 25 yards a pop. Also returning is James Butler, who came back from a knee injury to contribute a little bit, but now he'll play a bigger role somewhere in the rotation.
The Rutgers passing game didn't exactly shine averaging just 208 yards per game and not making enough big plays, but it showed the ability to blow up in the big win over Arkansas. Brandon Coleman went off catching six passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns showing his potential to be the team's new star receiver, finishing with 43 catches for 718 yards and ten scores. He'll have to do even more with Mark Harrison not around to make big plays as the go-to target on the other side. Also gone is Tim Wright, the team's third leading receiver with 39 catches, but senior Quron Pratt is a veteran who can fill in without a problem after making 22 grabs. Tight end is also an issue with D.C. Jefferson and his 20 catches gone, and now it'll be up to 6-6 Tyler Kroft to become a steady option with a little bit of experience under his belt.
This is going to be a problem. The passing game should shine because of quarterback Chuckie Keeton, but are there the playmakers like the Aggie passing game had to work with like last year when Matt Austin and Chuck Jacobs were so productive? Some underutilized veterans need to quickly adjust and become consistent producers. Senior Travis Reynolds has been a short-range target, while 6-3, 195-pound athlete Travis Van Leeuwen has to turn into a deep threat who scares secondaries.
Ten 2013 spring receiver situations