Ball State Season Preview: Wide Receiver

A position-by-position breakdown of the Ball State football team as it prepares for the 2015 season.

There is one area that the Ball State football team has locked down when it comes to overall talent and depth and that is the wide receiver corp.

Back from all-Mid American Conference seasons are big, athletic targets Jordan Williams and Kevonn Mabon. Add to that the return of 5th year slot receiver Chris Shillings and a potent pair of sophomores who flashed great talent as true freshmen in Jordan Hogue and Corey Lacanaria and you have a rock solid group of 5. But Head Coach Pete Lembo and staff aren’t done just yet as they also have at their disposal up and coming threat Devin Reese to add to the mix. That is a lot of talent, which begs the question – will there be enough balls to go around?

On the outside are Williams (6-3 228) and Mabon (6-1 219) a pair of big-bodied and athletic players that stretch the field and make plays with the ball in their hands. Both have all-MAC credentials under their belts as well as prolific pass catching totals. Expect more of the same from the two this season.

Backing them up are a pair of younger players who are pushing to make a name for themselves in the smaller and lanky Hogue (6-0 178) and the budding star in Reese (6-1 212. Both will demand playing time and will give tired DBs fits as they slide in the game.

In the slot are a pair of players that have little in coming in terms of game. Shillings, a 5th year guy, is a 6-1 205 athlete that is built like a LB and is physical with his play and is a tough matchup for smaller, lighter corners. Opposite of his is the tiny Lacanaria (5-8 165) who is a diminutive player that is tough to corral and keep from getting open. He showed flashes of brilliance in the slot a season ago and looks to produce bigger numbers in year two with the program.

Finally in the mix are two veterans who have played in the past, but now search for their opportunities in R-Jr Aaron Hepp (6-1 189) and former 3-star recruit Efe Scott-Emuakpor (6-3 207).

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