Arizona has the depth to manage potential loss of WR Delashaun Deanby Anthony Gimino on Jun. 22, 2010, under Sports
Arizona coach Mike Stoops, during spring ball, said that his group of quarterbacks was “probably the strongest position on the field.”
He said the wide receiver position was the “next position I feel really good about.”
The Wildcats ended spring ball with excellent depth at receiver, with a mix of height, speed, experience and promising youngsters.
And, now, they will have to get by with less height and experience.
Senior receiver Delashaun Dean, in the wake of being indefinitely suspended following a weekend charge of misconduct involving weapons, plans to transfer, according to WildcatSportsReport.com, a partner in the TucsonCitizen.com Sports Network.
Dean is looking to transfer to West Texas A&M or Abilene Christian — both Division II schools where he would be immediately eligible — according to Chris Bonney of WildcatSportsReport.com.
Dean, 6-foot-4, had 42 catches last season, and his 131 career receptions rank eighth on UA’s all-time list.
Arizona has another 6-4 receiver — junior Juron Criner — at the other outside receiver position. Criner, who had 45 catches, including nine for touchdowns last season, looked great in the spring and should be one of the top receivers in the Pac-10.
It would have been nice to have the reliable Dean on the other side, but now the Wildcats will have to dip into their depth.
The backup to Dean on the post-spring depth chart is senior Travis Cobb, who didn’t make an impact in the passing game last season but his speed on kick returns hints at potential on offense. Junior Gino Crump, a former walk-on from West Virginia, was a revelation in the spring, emerging as the backup to Criner.
In fall camp, there could be shuffling of personnel between the outside receiver spots — the “X” position where Criner is, and the “Z” position.
Dean’s likely transfer further opens the door for junior college transfer Dexter Ransom, a former teammate of Cobb’s at Blinn College in Texas. Ransom, 6-4, was one of the headliners in Arizona’s 2010 class.
Other possibilities are incoming true freshmen Tyler Slavin and Austin Hill.
At the inside receiver positions, Arizona returns Dave Roberts, David Douglas and Bug Wright. They will be joined by Richard Morrison, a redshirt freshman who had a good spring after being converted from quarterback.
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