Army 2014 Football Review: Receivers

ArmySports.com offers our review of the Army 2014 football season. ArmySports.com’s Jim Lawler discusses each position of the team and assigns a final grade. In this segment we discuss the wide receivers and tight ends.

WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS: D
The focus for Army's wide receivers playing in a triple option offense will always be about blocking on the perimeter. They did an average job and made few plays in the passing game. Sophomore Edgar Poe led the team with ten receptions for 199 yards, a 19.9 average, and a touchdown. Poe (6-4, 222) impressed me when I first saw him at USMAPS in 2012 as a physical blocker with the ability to get open. Poe is a big target with deceptive speed and a long stride. He can adjust to the ball and will make the tough catch in traffic. Sophomore wide receiver Xavier Moss had a disappointing campaign after leading the team in 2013 with 35 receptions for 463 yards and a touchdown. Moss was a non-factor down the stretch. He failed to make a catch the last five games. Moss had six receptions for 52 receiving yards and an 8.7 average and led the team with two touchdown receptions. His blocking wasn't affected by his lack of involvement in the passing game.

Junior Kelvin White moved from quarterback then to wide receiver and finally to tight end in the new offense. White caught six passes for 72 yards. White made a great catch in traffic for a successful two point conversion against Yale. White has struggled with his blocking assignments both in space and failing to make his blocks in line. It’s understandable since he never played the position. He's worked hard in the weight room and added 25 pounds to play tight end. White can get open and has ability to catch the ball. He has a long stride and decent straight line speed. He lost a touchdown at the end of the Fordham game when he tripped and cost himself a score.

Plebe John Trainor had one catch, for eight yards, among the backup receivers. Trainor played in six games and started one before spraining his ankle against Yale. He has good quickness and is faster than one would think and could help down the road. Senior Chevaughn Lawrence lost his job as X-receiver to Poe and saw only a few balls thrown in his direction. He failed to make a reception. Lawrence entered the season with 32 career catches but new staff moved the more talented and better blocking Poe ahead of him. Senior Deandre Bell (6-1, 219) was recruited as a quarterback but converted to wide receiver in 2011 at the prep school. He had below average speed with good hands. He has played in six games but was injured and missed the second half of the season. Senior Justin Newman was a big target who has struggled staying on the field during his career due to injuries. He's played in seven games but was shutout.

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