Category Archives: Wide Receivers

College Football: Week 3 North Carolina at Wake Forest

North Carolina Tar Heels (2-0) vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-0)

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NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS | ATLANTIC COASTAL CONFERENCE

Coach: Mack Brown

North Carolina Players to watch

Senior LT Charlie Heck (6-8/310)

Heck started all 11 games at right tackle, blocking for an offense that averaged 442.1 yards per game (31st NCAA), including 193.0 rushing yards per contest. A tenacious left tackle, Heck led an offensive line that allowed just 0.91 sacks per game (10 sacks/7th NCAA/2nd ACC).

Senior TE Carl Tucker (6-2/255)

Tucker is entering his senior year with the Tar Heels, coming off a junior season in which he caught 16 receptions for 265 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games. He started 6 games in his junior season, providing a big target for UNC quarterbacks.

Senior NG Aaron Crawford (6-1/315)

In 2018, during spring ball, Crawford tore his PCL and sprained his MCL as he tried to shed a block against a teammate. He returns with high expectations this season. In 2017, Crawford, started all 12 games as a redshirt sophomore. He recorded 29 tackles, three sacks, five tackles for loss and recovered a fumble.

Senior CB Cam’ron Kelly (6-1/215)

The NCAA declared the Auburn transfer eligible in 2019 – great news for the Demon Deacons. UNC DB Coach Dre Bly said of Kelly, “He’s smart being an offensive player, so he can see a lot of things on the field. He’s very versatile as a player. The minute he gets cleared to play, I can see him … having a role … on this team.”

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WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS | ATLANTIC COASTAL CONFERENCE

Coach: Dave Clawson

Wake Forest Players to watch:

Junior QB Jamie Newman (6-4/235)

The Wake Forest quarterback finished the 2018 season with more than 1,000 yards passing in just four games. This season, he seems to be picking up where he left off; through two games, Newman has completed 55 of his 74 passing attempts for 713 yards, with six touchdowns and no INTs: that’s seventh in the country through Week 2.

***Sophomore WR Sage Surratt (6-3/220)

Surratt will be an All-Purpose threat, receiving punts and catching deep balls from Newman. Surratt is N.C. state’s career H.S. record holder in receptions (366), yards (5,926) and touchdown receptions (80). He was voted N.C.’s AP Offensive Player of the Year after catching 129 passes for 2,104 yards, both state records, and scoring 28 touchdowns in the fall.

Junior ROV Luke Masterson (6-2/220)

Masterson played 110 snaps the first five games last season and 472 the last eight mostly because of an injury to Jessie Bates, now with the Cincinnati Bengals. Masterson had 42 stops and four pass break-ups for a defense that recorded 106 tackles for losses.

Senior CB Essang Bassey (5-10/185)

Bassey, the senior cornerback and team captain, has already consistently been one of the Deacons’ best defensive players for the past two seasons. In that stretch, he has four interceptions and 31 pass break-ups. He was a second-team All-ACC pick last year. He landed on the preseason watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player) and the Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back).

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BB&T Field – Field Turf
Sept 13 | Winston-Salem, NC

College Football: Week 2 LSU at Texas

#6 Louisiana State University (1-0) vs #9 Texas Longhorns (1-0)

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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Ed Orgeron

LSU Players to watch

Freshman CB Derek Stingley (6-1/195)

Stingley was the top rated CB in the country in 2018.
Photo: The Advocate | AP Photo File

The former Dunham High School star from Baton Rouge gives LSU a big weapon returning punts. Head Coach Ed Oregon said that Stingley looked like the best cornerback on the team. That says a lot, when CB Kristian Fulton turned down the NFL to return to play his senior season. LSU has one of the best defensive backfields in the country.

Senior QB Joe Burrow (6-4/216)

Burrow remind me a lot of former Alabama QB AJ McCarron. His primary job isn’t to win the game; his primary job is to be fundamentally sound, don’t turn the ball over, and get the ball into the hands of his playmakers. He’s the quintessential game manager.

**Sophomore OLB/DE K’lavon Chaisson (6-4/238)

Eleven months ago, Chaisson tore his left ACL in the season opener against Miami. The electric pass rusher is back and in full form. Physically, he’s ripped. Chaisson has his eye on the school’s single-season sack record (12). “Him rushing off the edge,” safety Grant Delpit said, “we know we’ve got guaranteed pressure on that side.”

*Junior SS Grant Delpit (6-3/203)

Delpit was a finalist for the Nagurski Award as the top defender in college football in 2018; and claimed the 2018 Jack Tatum Award from the Columbus Ohio Touchdown Club as the top defensive back in college football. A tremendous all around safety that can make plays all over the field, Delpit would have been a first round draft pick had he been eligible. He was a first team All-American and a Thorpe finalist.

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TEXAS LONGHORNS | BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Tom Herman

Texas Players to watch:

Junior QB Sam Ehlinger (6-3/230)

Ehlinger set a Big 12 record with 308 passes without an Int.
Photo: The Advocate | AP Photo File

Ehlinger has more than proven himself as a passer in college, too — his 3,292 passing yards last season rank fifth in school history and he’ll likely move into third place for most career passing yards later this season. Ehlinger has played in 23 games with 20 starts and 36 career touchdown throws.

Senior WR Collin Johnson (6-6/220)

Johnson surprised people by returning to school for his senior season. At 6-6, Johnson is a big target with a wide catch radius. Johnson has played in 38 games with 22 starts. He was one of five Longhorns elected by their teammates as a captain for the 2019 season. He enters his senior season with 150 receptions (ninth-most in school history) for 2,065 yards (10th-most in school history) and 12 touchdowns.

Senior OC Zach Shackelford (6-4/305)

As a junior, Shackelford played in 11 games with 10 starts. He was named first team All-Big 12 by the AP and second team by the coaches. Shackelford anchors one of the better offensive lines in the country. He is a leading candidate for the 2019 Rimington Award.

***Sophomore SS Caden Sterns (6-1/210)

Sterns earned All-Big 12 honors last year and led the team with 4 ints. Just entering his sophomore season, Sterns has already been named to the Jim Thorpe Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists in the 2019 preseason.

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Darrell K Royal- Texas Memorial Stadium – Field Turf
Sept 7 | Austin, Texas

Wide Receivers: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked WRs

The wide receiver class has plenty of speed. D.K. Metcalf ran a 4.33; Parris Campbell ran a 4.31; Emanuel Hall ran a 4.39; and Mecole Hardman and Terry McLauren also ran in the 4.3’s. Marquise Brown, who is recovering from an injury, didn’t run – but is said to run a sub 4.3.

This class is solid and deep alway the down, at every level. If you want speed, but don’t want to spend a top pick, try Jeff Smith of Boston College – Smith ran a 4.34 at his Pro Day. David Sills was a touchdown machine in West Virginia and will be a great mid-to-late-round pick up. Overall, a lot to like about this class.

If his medical checks out, Metcalf could be the first WR taken in the draft. He’s big, raw, athletic and has all the measurables teams fall in love with.
Photo: Matt Bush/USA TODAY Sports

1. D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi, 6-3/228

Metcalf is a monster. He ran a blazing 4.33 at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 1.53 split. Just line him up and send him deep. The speed alone will keep any defense honest. Along with the speed, he’s big and physical. He’s a bit raw, but just that much more to work with.

2. Parris Campbell, Ohio State, 6-0/205

Campbell ran a 4.31 at the combine, pushing him up the boards. When you look at the success Carolina is having with Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel, Campbell’s going to go in the first round.

3. A.J. Brown, Mississippi, 6-0/226

Brown is Mississippi’s all-time leader in receiving yards. He can line up anywhere on the field. Reliable hands and knows how to create separation from defenders. May be the most polished receiver in this class.

4. Marquise Brown, Oklahoma, 5-9/166

Didn’t work out at the combine, so we are waiting to see his 40 time. Word is he’ll be the fastest guy coming out. The fastest time at the combine was a 4.29, so if Brown breaks that someone will grab him in the first two rounds. I don’t recall a receiver this highly rated, and this small, since Todd Pinkston in 2000. Pinkston was 6-3/167 and went in the second round.

5. Emanuel Hall, Missouri, 6-2/201

Rare athlete with track background. Has speed and quickness to make his a doubly dangerous. Can leap high for the jump ball. Injuries have been a concern during his career.

6. Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, 5-11/214

During the Senior Bowl, Samuel really raised his draft status. Several scouts said that Samuel was playing at the higher level than everyone else. He can also double as a return man.

7. N’Keal Harry, Arizona State, 6-2/228

Harry looks the part. He’s tall. He’s fast. Physically, he’s chiseled. Has strong hands to grab the contested balls. Like Metcalf, he’s still raw and has a lot of potential to build upon. Was a good return man at ASU.

8. Miles Boykin, Notre Dame, 6-4/220

Big-bodied receiver with rare size and strength. Good hands and willing to fight for the ball. Came out early, so with good coaching he’ll just get better and better.

9. Hakeem Butler, Iowa State, 6-5/227

Bulter has averaged 19.5 yards per catch over his three-year career at Iowa State. Uses his height and size to box out like a basketball player. Very good and going up and winning the contested ball.

10. Mecole Hardman, Georgia, 5-10/187

Hardman will make a good third receiver to start his career. With 4.33 speed and excellent return skills, look for Hardman to come off the board early. Still a bit raw, so plenty of upside.

11. Terry McLauren, Ohio State, 6-0/208

McLauren has used the post-season to move up draft board with steady and impressive performances. He wrapped up a solid week at the Senior Bowl with an impressive game. His 4.35 will certainly entice teams too.

12. Riley Ridley, Georgia, 6-1/199

Younger brother of Calvin Ridley. Excels are reading coverages and exploiting them. Considered the draft’s best route runner. He’s not going to “wow” you, but he’ll make the kind of catches that keep the chains moving. Doesn’t get the separation you’d like to see, and not fast.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Anthony Johnson, Buffalo, 6-2/209
  2. Andy Isabella, UMass, 5-9/188
  3. Daruis Slayton, Auburn, 6-1/190
  4. Morgan Stanley, Nebraska, 6-1/201
  5. Diontae Johnson, Toledo, 5-10/183
  6. Dillon Mitchell, Oregon, 6-1/197
  7. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford 6-2/225
  8. Kelvin Harmon, NC State, 6-2/221
  9. Johnny Dixon, Ohio State, 5-10/201
  10. Ashton Dulin, Malone, 6-1/215
  11. Jalen Hurd, Baylor, 6-5/226
  12. Keelan Doss, UC Davis, 6-2/211
  13. Gary Jennings, West Virginia, 6-1/214
  14. Andre Lindsey, Sacramento State, 6-1/192
  15. David Sills, West Virginia, 6-3/211
  16. Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State, 6-5/227
  17. Jeff Smith, Boston College, 6-0/191
  18. Nick Easley, Iowa, 5-11/203
  19. Keesean Johnson, Fresno State, 6-1/201
  20. Terry Godwin, Georgia, 5-11/184
  21. DeMarkus Lodge, Mississippi, 6-2/202
  22. Jaylen Smith, Louisville, 6-2/219
  23. Alex Wesley, No. Colorado, 6-0/190
  24. Reggie White, Jr. Monmouth 6-3/210
  25. Hunter Renfro, Clemson, 5-10/184
  26. Emmanuel Butler, No. Iowa, 6-3/217
  27. Tyre Brady, Marshall, 6-3/211
  28. Preston Williams, Colorado State, 6-2/210
  29. DeAndre Tompkins, Penn State, 5-11/192
  30. Scott Miller, Bowling Green, 5-9/174

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Cure Bowl – Dec 15

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ CaJuns (7-6)  vs  Tulane Green Wave (6-6)

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LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE RAGIN’ CAJUNS  |  SUN BELT CONFERENCE

Coach:  Billy Napier

Louisiana-Lafayette Players to watch:

**Sophomore RB Trey Ragas  (5-11/227)

TREY RAGAS IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST GRADED RB IN NATION
Photo: Athlon

A native of New Orleans, Ragas led the Sun Belt Conference with 1,141 rushing yards in 2018, a majority of which have come after contact, and 8 touchdowns.  The 5-foot-11, 227-pound Ragas rushed for 813 yards and 9 touchdowns as a freshman in 2017.

*Junior WR Ja’Marcus Bradley  (6-1/195)

Bradley has pulled in 10 receiving touchdowns this year.  He has 38 receptions for 557 yards, that’s almost 15 yards per catch.  He was one of the most valuable players on the 2018 Ragin’ Cajuns team.

Senior Safety Corey Turner  (6-1/204)

Turner emerged this year as a clear leader in Louisiana’s secondary.  He’s an excellent communicator that brings a physical skill set to the game. 

*Junior DE Bennie Higgins  (6-0/266)

At left end Bennie Higgins is 266 lbs edge-rusher who is tasked with playing a two-way go in the pass rush.  It’s his job to manipulate passing lanes to force QB into hesitation.  The defense is designed to spill the run from the middle to the edges — where Higgins wraps them up.

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TULANE GREEN WAVE  |  AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Coach:  Willie Fritz

Tulane Green  Wave Players to  Watch:

**Sophomore DE Patrick Johnson (6-2/256)

  Tulane’s Patrick Johnson celebrates after creating havoc off the edge.     
Photo: Tulane Athletics

Johnson has had breakout sophomore campaign where he finished with 10.0 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss and 46 tackles. His 10.0 sacks are tied for ninth nationally and are the most among all sophomores nationally. 

Senior WLB Zachery Harris  (6-0/225)

Harris, a New Orleans native, totaled a single-season career-best 87 tackles. His 87 tackles also led the team and ranked 10th in the AAC. His 10.5 tackles for loss ranked second on the squad. Harris totaled 10 or more tackles in three games this season and had 5 tackles for loss.

Senior CB Donnie Lewis  (6-0/195)

As a senior in 2018, Lewis established himself as one of the league’s best cornerbacks. Lewis led the AAC and ranked third nationally in passes defended, averaging 1.7 per game. He also had a team-leading three interceptions and ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 54. 

Senior FS Roderic Teamer  (6-0/210)

Another New Orleans native, Teamer tied his single-season high for tackles with 67. He finished second on the team in tackles, had six pass breakups and one interception. He finished with 10 or more tackles twice and was named AAC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the East Carolina game.

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AutoNation Cure Bowl
Tulane 41, Louisiana 24

New Mexico Bowl – Dec 15

North Texas Mean Green (9-3)  vs  #23 Utah State Aggies (10-2)

NORTH TEXAS  |  CONFERENCE USA

Coach:  Seth Littrell

North Texas Players to watch: 

Senior LB E.J. Ejiya (6-3/230)

No. Texas Lineback E.J. Ejiya
Photo: No Texas Athletics

Ejiya ranks fourth nationally in tackles for loss with 23.0 and leads the Mean Green in sacks with 9.0, which ranks fourth in C-USA. His 113 total tackles are also fourth most in the conference. 

* Junior QB  Mason Fine (5-1/180)

Fine was name CUSA Offensive Player of the Year for the 2nd year in a row.  He was also a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards.  He was on watch lists for the Manning and Walter Camp Awards.  He was voted 2nd Team All-CUSA.

**Sophomore RB DeAndre Torrey  (5-7/186)

Torrey has been a touchdown machine for the Mean Green and ranks sixth in FBS in total touchdowns with 17. He is averaging 5.9 yards per carry, with 161 attempts for 942 yards and 14 rushing scores, while also providing a dynamic presence as a receiver out of the backfield. 

*Junior WR Rico Bussey, Jr. (6-2/208)

Bussey, Jr. leads the Mean Green in every major receiving category and is among the nation’s most productive receivers. 

Senior CB Kemon Hall (5-11/190)

Hall ranks third in FBS in passes defended (1.7 per game) and has posted five interceptions, two of which he has brought back for touchdowns

Senior CB  Nate Brooks  (6-0/192)

Brooks has 61 tackles, 3.0 of which are for loss, nine pass break-ups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry in 12 starts. Brooks has helped lead a ball-hawking group for North Texas, who have totaled 17 interceptions, which ranks fifth in FBS.

*Junior DE LaDarius Hamilton  (6-3/256)

Hamilton has been a force from his defensive end position for the Mean Green and is second on the team in sacks with 6.5 and 10.0 tackles for loss.

Senior PK Cole Hedlund  (5-10/166)

Hedlund was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award and is 19 of 22 on field goals, including a perfect 2 of 2 from 50-plus yards. 

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UTAH STATE AGGIES | MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

Interim Coach:  Frank Maile

Utah State Players to watch:

*Junior TE Dax Raymond  (6-5/245)

  Utah State TE Dax Raymond has accepted an invite the the Reese Senior Bowl.
Photo:  Salt Lake Tribune

Despite missing four games this year with a broken hand, Raymond earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors after catching 25 passes for 335 yards (13.4 ypc) and two touchdowns. For his career, he has caught 70 passes for 863 yards (12.3 ypc) and three TDs.

**Sophomore LB David Woodward (6-2/230)

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Woodward started all 11 games he played in — ranking first in the Mountain West and 10th in the nation with 124 tackles (11.3 pg). He is also fifth in the conference in tackles for loss with 12.5 (1.1 pg) and ninth in sacks with 5.0.

**Sophomore WR/RS Savon Scarver  (5-11/185)

Scarver has returned 21 kickoffs for 719 yards, including four returns of 50-or-more yards. His two kickoff returns for touchdowns (100 yards vs. New Mexico State and 96 yards at Wyoming) rank as the second-most in a single-season in school history, behind Kevin Robinson (three in 2007).

**Sophomore QB Jordan Love  (6-4/220)

Sophomore QB Jordan Love is 11th in the nation in points responsible for with 204 (17.0 pg); ninth in the nation in passing touchdowns with 28 (2.3 pg); 12th in the nation in passing efficiency (159.9); 21st in the nation in completion percentage (.658);18th in the nation in passing (267.3 ypg); 27th in the nation in completions (20.5 pg), and fifth in the MW and 28th in the nation in total offense (272.3 ypg).

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New Mexico Bowl Presented by Progressive
Utah State 52, North Texas 13