Camp watch: receivers

In our third look at the big storylines of fall camp we take a look at the wide receivers and tight ends. The new offense relies on multiple receivers, but the Cats have few proven players.

88  Simmons, A.J. TE  -/-  6-3  250  RFr.  Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O'Dowd HS) 
29  Anderson, Aaron TE  -/-  6-2  220  Sr.  Tucson, Ariz. (Tucson HS) 
87  McCall, Brandyn TE  -/-  6-4  245  Sr.  Honlulu, Hawaii (Golden West JC) 
92   Richards, Matt TE  -/-  6-4  256  Sr.  Cupertino, Calif. (Saint Francis) 
48 Gronkowski, Rob TE  -/-  6-6  250  Fr.  Williamsville, N.Y. (Woodland Hills HS (Pa.)) 
86 Bell, Travis TE  -/-  6-6  235  Jr.  Castroville, Calif. (North Monterey County) 
9 Johnson, Anthony WR  -/-  6-2  210  Sr.  San Diego, Calif. (Horizon) 
4 Dennard, B.J. WR  -/-  5-11  194  Jr.  Phoenix, Ariz. (Brophy Prep) 
89 McCoy, Bobby WR  -/-  6-1  190  Jr.  Houston, Texas (Klein Forest) 
81 Roberts, David WR  -/-  6-0  175  Fr.  Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Rancho Cucamongs HS) 
18 Dean, Delashaun WR  -/-  6-4  190  RFr.  Fairfield, Calif. (Fairfield High) 
80 Veal, Devin WR  -/-  5-11  165  Fr.  Hereford, Ariz. (Buena HS) 
82 Day, Kyle WR  -/-  5-11  180  RFr.  Sahuarita, Ariz. (Sahuarita) 
10 Thomas, Mike WR  -/-  5-8  195  Jr.  DeSoto, Texas (Desoto) 
85 Rivera, Rod WR  -/-  5-11  175  So.  Mission Viejo, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic) 
11 Reese, Terrell WR  -/-  6-4  205  RFr.  Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson HS) 
84 Turner, Terrell WR  -/-  6-2  190  So.  Garland, Texas (Lakeview Centennial HS) 
Wright, William WR  -/-  5-9  170  Fr.  Fox, Okla. (Pauls Valley HS) 

Anthony Johnson, star?

Johnson was arguably the best offensive player in the spring scrimmages. He put up huge numbers from the Y2 position, essentially a small tight end or big slot receiver. His performance was so good that Sonny Dykes speculated that he may put up good enough numbers to be considered for All-Conference honors.

The true freshmen

Depending on who you talk to, all of the freshmen receivers are drawing rave reviews. One player raves about David Roberts and Devin Veal, while another will hype up William ‘Bug' Wright. If one of these guys can live up to the hype this season the Cats will be in good shape. More than one and things get downright interesting.

The three amigos

Last year Terrell Turner, Terrell Reese and Delashaun Dean all drew rave reviews a year ago at this time and made next to no impact. Reese and Dean would up getting redshirts, while Turner saw limited action. Turner had a great spring, while Dean and Reese showed very nice flashes. All three will have a great opportunity to play in the new offense, but won't be given a free pass to the field.

The Beast

While a variety of young receivers were getting praise, one player received universal praise. Freshman tight end has been described as everything from a "beast" to "the man". He's big, strong and has shown the speed and hands that made him a top-5 tight end recruit.

The tight end

While Gronkowski is drawing rave reviews, what about the rest of the tight ends? The spread is known as a scheme that relies more on receivers than tight ends, but BYU used the tight end effectively in their version of the spread. This will be a very interesting aspect of camp.

Moving around

Bobby McCoy has left the team to focus on track, while Mike Turner has moved from defensive back to wide receiver. When Turner came to Arizona the coaches felt he could play on either side of the ball. There are a few other players who could wind up at receiver if they don't make an impact on defense early on.

Things to watch for

*Can Anthony Johnson keep up the pace he showed in.

*Which young players will break into the rotation. Aside from Johnson and Mike Thomas, there are no proven players in the group.

*How does Mike Turner adjust to his position switch?

*How does Dean's knee look?

*Can B.J. Dennard resurrect his career?

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