Breaking Down: Receivers and Tight Ends

Looking at the Red Wolves by position. Today breaking down the receivers and the tight ends.

Position Starter Backup
WIDE RECEIVER (X) Julian Jones – 6'0 190 RSr Tres Houston – 6'2 183 RJr
WIDE RECEIVER (H) J.D. McKissic – 5'10 185 RSo R.J. Fleming – 5'10 170 Sr
WIDE RECEIVER (Z) Allen Muse – 6'4 220 RSr Carlos McCants – 5'11 185 RSr
TIGHT-END Darion Griswold – 6'5 240 RSo Kenny Rains – 6'4 250 RJr -OR-
Warren Leapheart – 6'5 220 RFr

The Numbers:
McKissic had a monster year in 2012 and set a school record for receptions with 103 catches for 1,022 yards and 5 touchdowns on his way to earning freshman All-American. Jones caught just 13 passes last season but seven were for TDs. Muse is back and has 65 career catches and seven TDs. Fleming has 34 career receptions and McCants has 30 career catches as both head into their senior season. Griswold finished 2012 with 10 catches for 172 yards.

The Analysis:
At first look the Red Wolf wide receiver corp has a tough job in front of them replacing ASU career TD reception leader Taylor Stockemer and former 4 star recruit Josh Jarboe who was second on the team in receptions in 2012.

McKissic will catch the eye of opponents and need to step up his game to just equal his own production in 2012. The return of Muse lightens the blow of the losses. Muse missed the 2012 season but brings size and experience to the receiving group not to mention an excellent blocker. Jones had a breakout year last season in terms of touchdowns. He will be asked to pick up some of the lost production in catches as well this year. Fleming has shown flashes of brilliance at times and could also provide another threat from the slot position. McCants has good speed and should provide solid depth. Houston is the player that has the athleticism and skill to really pick up the lost production of Stockemer and Jarboe. Houston, a former HS quarterback, led his junior college in catches, yards and touchdowns.

Three true freshmen have the ability to provide depth and have the chance to see playing time.

Harsin has publicly praised Dijon Pachal (6'2 185), Carl Lee (6'3 190) and Brandon Cox (5'8 165) as talented young receivers that had good fall camps.

At tight end, Griswold became a receiving threat late last season. He is very athletic and can play as an attached tight end, split out wide or as an H-back. Rains was a mainstay on the special teams in 2012 and played a role as a backup TE but didn't have any catches. Leapheart was recruited as a wide receiver and can provide another receiving threat from the tight end position. True freshman Jonah Hill impressed during fall camp and may push for playing time this fall.

The big question about the tight ends in 2013 is can this group provide blocking from the H-back role like 2012 tight ends Anthony Kincy and Andre Smith. If they can then this group can provide support for the offensive line as well as replacing production in receiving.