One of the big headlines of the off-season was the departure of senior wide receiver Delashaun Dean. Dean was a solid pass catcher, but failed to live up to his potential. The Cats have plenty of potential, but do they have players who can put it together?
- Juron Criner 6-4, 210, JR (48-582 12.9 9 TD)
- Travis Cobb 6-0, 180, SR (1-15 15.0)
- Gino Crump 6-2, 210, JR*
- Richard Morrison 6-0, 180, FR*
- Dexter Ransom 6-4, 217, JR
- Tyler Slavin 6-2, 190, FR
- Austin Hill 6-3, 200, FR
- Kyle Day 5-11, 180, SR*
- Bug Wright 5-9, 175, JR* (23-234 10.2 1 TD)
- David Douglas 6-1, 198, JR (31-320 10.3 2 TD)
- David Roberts 6-0, 190, JR* (43-410 9.5 1 TD)
- Terrence Miller 6-4, 225, SO (2-26 13.0)
- Devin Veal 5-11, 188, JR*
- Garic Wharton 5-11, 168, FR
- Mike Descisciolo 5-8, 175, SO
- Tommy Papillon 6-4, 200, SO
- Dan Buckner 6-4, 208, JR (Must sit out due to transfer rules)
- A.J. Simmons 6-3, 255, SR* (13-57 4.4 0 TD)
- Jack Baucus 6-6, 255, FR*
I think the Cats are talented, deep, but do not possess any big-play guys with the exception of Juron Criner. While Wright, Douglas and Roberts had big moments a year ago, they really have not shown they are game breakers and of the group, only Wright really has the opportunity to develop into one.
While Cobb, Ransom and Miller look great on paper, they have a lot to prove and it is hard to project what they can bring to the offense at this stage.
The loss of Dean hurts from a talent standpoint, but he could also be a real distraction and at lest one person close to the team says his dismissal may benefit the Cats in practice situations where he could become the center of attention.
Did You Know?
- Criner had just 11 catches through the first five games, but had 12 against Stanford and 34 the final eight games, but never had more than six in any other game.
- Criner had six catches of 25 yards or more, including a 71 yarder.
- Miller, a sophomore, just turned 18 in January.
- Incoming freshmen Tyler Slavin and Austin Hill were high school teammates, while Travis Cobb and Dexter Ransom were teammates at Blinn College.
- Don’t expect Ransom to put up big numbers. No JC receiver has been a contributor in his first year since the 90’s.
- Cobb may have been a non-factor at wide-out, but set a school record for kickoff return yards.
- The Wildcats have five receivers listed at 6-4.
- The team has two four-year transfers in Crump and Buckner, though Buckner has to still sit out a season after leaving Texas.
- The Cats have five new scholarship receivers. They signed three freshman receivers and one JC player, plus allowed Buckner to transfer into the program.