Arizona has not finished the 2010 season but it is not too early to look ahead to 2011. A lot is still to be determined thanks to position battles, possible departures and recruiting, but we can get a basic idea of how things will look next season. Today we move onto the wide receivers.
OVERVIEW: The Wildcats were great at wide receiver this year, but should be even better next year. The Wildcats have four players redshirting who look as if they can compete next year for key roles. Even if they lose Juron Criner, the wideouts should be the deepest unit on the club.
SAY GOODBYE TO: Travis Cobb. Cobb is the only senior who sees significant playing time. He was never able
SAY HELLO TO: David Richards. The Palmdale (Calif.) product is not the highest rated player, but he fits the mold of the tall, athletic, skilled receivers the Wildcats have had success with the past few seasons.
GET TO KNOW: Dan Buckner, Tyler Slavin, Austin Hill and Garic Wharton. All four of these players could have an impact right away. Slavin and Hill redshirted but were suited up each game and could have seen the field if the Cats had less depth. Buckner, the transfer from Texas, appears to be the kind of impact athlete the Cats have lacked, while Wharton is probably the fastest player on the team.
QUESTIONS: Will Criner be back or turn pro? What will Bug Wright’s role be after being suspended? Can Terrence Miller continue to improve? How will the four redshirts fit in? Is Buckner as good as advertised? Are there enough balls to go around?