Preview 2010 - MAC Receiver Rankings
Toledo WR Eric Page
Preview 2010 - Ranking the Top 12 MAC Wide Receivers
Preview 2010 - MAC
- MAC Skill Position Rankings
1. Eric Page, Soph. Toledo
The receiving corps was considered to be one of the team's biggest strengths going into last year so it was going to take something special to crack the starting lineup. As a true freshman, Page not only got in the mix, but he became a star leading the nation in receptions by a freshman with a team-leading 82 catches for 1,159 yards and seven touchdowns. Only 5-10 and 165 pounds, he's not a big target and he's not all that fast, but he's very smart, is a great route runner, and never, ever makes mistakes. Catching everything that comes his way, he made 12 grabs against Purdue, 11 against Ball State, and ten against Northern Illinois, but he only scored once in the final six games.
2. LaVon Brazill, Sr. Ohio
5-11, 188-pound Brazill might not have big-time size, but he plays big and he plays fast finishing second on the team with 53 catches for 702 yards and six touchdowns. More than just a dangerous target, he's one of the nation's top punt returners averaging 13.5 yards per try. Great in the open field, the idea is to get him the ball on the move at the Z position and let him roam. For his size, he's also a physical blocker.
3. Terrence McCrae, Sr. Ohio
6-4, 198-pound Terrence McCrae might not have been the team's best receiver with Taylor Price taking on the biggest role, but was the team's most deadly option around the goal line with a team-leading nine touchdown catches. Not just a specialist, he caught 35 passes for 545 yards as the team's third leading receiver, and now he'll get a bigger chance to shine at outside X position.
4. Robert Arnheim, Jr. Western Michigan
WMU needed a new No. 1 target to replace Jamarko Simmons, and Arnheim came through with a team-leading 59 catches for 701 yards and three touchdowns. The former star quarterback prospect moved over to receiver early in 2008 and he was a natural. Not a blazer, he uses his 6-2, 198-pound size, good route-running ability, and smarts to find ways to get open. While he came up with two 100-yard games last year, his worth is more as a go-to midrange target at the T position.
5. Tyshon Goode, Soph. Kent State
As a true freshman, Goode was the answer for the team's receiving issues. The 6-1, 182-pound split end led the team with 53 catches for 755 yards and five touchdowns highlighted by a three-game late season stretch against Ohio, Western Michigan and Akron catching 28 passes for 435 yards and four scores. The two-time New York all-state running back was a great recruit, and he'll continue to show why as the No. 1 target at split end.
6. Armand Robinson, Sr. Miami Univ.
Working at the H is Robinson, last year's leading receiver. A 6-1, 200-pound shocker, he went from being a decent spot starter to a 67-catch, 788-yard, four score producer. While he's not a blazer, he was able to make things happen on the move and had a few unstoppable games catching ten passes against both Cincinnati and Temple and nine passes against Western Michigan and Kent State. He'll be the team's most reliable target.
7. Kito Poblah, Sr. Central Michigan
With Bryan Anderson and Antonio Brown gone, Poblah is the only returning starter and he'll be the No. 1 target right away after finishing third on the team with 53 catches for 681 yards and four touchdowns. While he came up with a big five-catch, 126-yard, one touchdown day against Eastern Michigan, he was mostly used as a steady third target. Able to play inside or out, the 6-2, 203-pounder has good size and nice deep speed to do a little bit of everything.
8. Jordan White, Sr. Western Michigan
White is growing into a star despite having problems with a broken leg. The 6-0, 208-pound senior finished second on the team with 53 catches for 681 yards and four touchdowns with 21 grabs for 261 yards and a score in the final two games. A talented inside receiver, staying healthy is a must and he'll have to keep being a big yard-after-the-catch playmaker.
9. Chris Givens, Jr. Miami Univ.
Givens is the team's most dangerous target, and now he'll get to show it after missing most of last year with a shoulder injury. At 6-2 and 211 pounds he has good size to go along with great deep speed and tremendous leaping ability, which he was able to show off over his first two years. He only made 11 catches for 98 yards last season after making 35 two years ago, and now he should be the team's blow-up playmaker.
10. Briggs Orsbon, Jr. Ball State
Orsbon stepped up and surprised as a true freshman making 68 catches for 813 yards and five scores, but the problems with the quarterbacks trickled down to the receiving corps. He didn't have as strong a sophomore season, but considering the nightmare, a team-leading 51 catches for 461 yards and one touchdown might have been even more impressive. However, 20 of his grabs came in a two game span against Toledo and Temple, and he was nowhere to be found at times when Kelly Page got hurt. He's only 6-0 and 189 pounds, but he's a tough target who isn't afraid to make the tough catch. A true No. 1 target, he could blossom now that there are other receivers who can step up and produce.
11. Juan Nunez, Sr. Western Michigan
Nunez is WMU's home-run hitter at the outside X position averaging 13.6 yards per grab and a team-leading six scores making 32 catches for 435 yards before getting hurt. The former high school sprinter is a whispy 6-0 and 181 pounds and has to show he can stay healthy after having issues with his knee injury. If and when he's right, he has All-MAC and game-changing potential.
12. Landon Cox, Sr. Northern Illinois
Very quietly, Cox came up with a nice year leading the team with 45 catches for 535 yards and four touchdowns. Steady throughout, he blew up with 11 catches for 132 yards against Ohio, and now he'll be the top target again at the team's V position working on both the inside and out. At 6-3 and 213 pounds, he has the size and he has the experience to grow into an All-MAC performer if the quarterback play is steady.