The Candidates: 15 Tres Houston (6-2, 199 RSr.), 18 Booker Mays (5-10, 171 RJr.), 24 Blake Mack (6-4, 219 Soph.), 84 Dijon Paschal (6-1, 211 RSo.), 7 Omar Bayless (6-3, 190 Fr.), 86 Jerry Moorehead (6-4, 210 RSoph.), 17 Darveon Brown (5-11, 176 Fr.), 80 Jaylon Marshall (6-2, 190 Fr.)
The Breakdown: R WIDE RECEIVER Tres Houston, Blake Mack. L WIDE RECEIVER Dijon Paschal, Booker Mays.
The Numbers: Last season Arkansas State enjoyed a bounty of weapons on the outside as Tres Houston and Dijon Paschal emerged as reliable targets with 53 and 37 catches, respectively. Paschal proved to be more of a big play threat as he averaged 17 yards per catch, while Houston chipped in at 12 yards per grab. Booker Mays is coming off of a good finish to the season as he caught three touchdowns among his five catches for 138 yards in the GoDaddy Bowl versus Toledo. Blake Mack grabbed seven balls for 149 yards, easily the best yards per catch on the squad with 21.3 and that included a touchdown on fifth round NFL Draft Pick Craig Mager of Texas State.
The Analysis: The Red Wolves sport a plethora of big outside receivers, as Paschal and Mays run at the small end for this group. Moorehead (6-5), Mack (6-4), Bayless (6-3), Marshall (6-2) and Houston (6-2) make a formidable group of pass catchers for defensive backs to deal with.
Houston has overcome some off the field issues to become a steady contributor and has enough speed to make defenses pay, while Paschal may have the best straight line speed in the group, as witnessed in his long touchdown against ULL last year on national television.
Mack is a physically imposing wideout and has a knack for catching the ball at its highest point. Mays is guy who gets open and runs well enough to surprise some people.
Moorehead is a big, red-zone target who moved from tight end in the spring.
Bayless, is a big, long, athletic freshman who, if he hadn't come here for football, could have gone elsewhere to play college basketball.
Brown and Marshall are both a little raw as freshman, but Brown has very good quickness out of his breaks and Marshall is a burner with good straight-line speed.
One note about this group, they block for the run very well and take great pride in it. This group figures to give quarterback Fredi Knighten and Offensive Coordinator Walt Bell a lot to smile about this season.