C-USA Army Football Preview: Wide Receivers

All-Conference USA candidate Aaron Alexander heads Army's corps of wide receivers. After utilizing three wideouts often times in recent years, the Black Knights promise to line up in two-receiver sets on most occasions in head coach Bobby Ross' new offensive scheme.

Standing 6-6 with excellent leaping skills, Aaron Alexander provides a dangerous aerial target in any system. The senior wideout established a new single season school record for receptions last fall (64), shattering a standard that was originally established in 1970. Alexander averaged 13.5 yards per catch and pulled down six scoring passes, one shy of the single season Academy record.

"Aaron Alexander will be one of our starters at wide receiver," explains head coach Bobby Ross. "He probably made 10 ‘circus catches' in the spring, ‘big-time' catches. He can be a very good player in our system."

Junior Bruce Brown and sophomore Walter Hill follow Alexander on the depth chart, with each battling for additional field duty when Army employs a three-wideout look. Hill registered 18 receptions in his debut season in the "Black, Gold and Gray" last fall, while Brown has received limited game action during his first two seasons.

The battle for lead snaps at the other wide receiver slot will carry into the fall with juniors Blaine Cooper and Jacob Murphy topping the list of candidates. Both have displayed productive stretches during their careers in the "Black, Gold and Gray." Murphy started three games and registered 17 receptions before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last October, while Cooper filled a reserve role after drawing three starts as a freshman.

"We have good smart kids that block well at wide receiver," Ross offers. "Because we don't have any ‘blazers,' in the group, we must be good route-runners and we must be very well-timed. "Our depth is pretty decent and we have a lot of receivers that are very similar. Bruce Brown is quick and Walter Hill is a precise route-runner. Blaine Cooper and Jacob Murphy also did some nice things this spring."

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