Receiving talent coming along

How are the plethora of new receivers adjusting to the Cincinnati offense?

Cincinnati – A lot was made of the talent that resides in the University of Cincinnati receiving corps. Head coach Butch Jones was quick to tell anyone that would listen, only one of those players – D.J. Woods - saw significant game action in the Cincinnati offense.

Through Cincinnati's two games, Woods has been as advertised. He leads the team with 13 receptions for 171 yards and one touchdown. He is coming off what Jones termed ‘one of the best he's played since we've been here'. Woods hauled in nine passes for 111 yards in the Bearcats' loss to Tennessee.

Junior receiver Kenbrell Thompkins and sophomore Anthony McClung continued to develop with Thompkins making great gains during Tennessee week. The former Tennessee commit, Thompkins, had four catches for 58 yards. McClung, who is currently leading the team in receiving touchdowns, added 33 yards and a touchdown this past week.

"I thought Kenbrell (Thompkins) took huge strides in the Tennessee game," said Jones. "He played with greater effort and blocked extremely well. Anthony McClung continues to develop. Shaq (Washington) is a work in progress right now, the same thing with Alex Chisum. I see development in both those two young individuals."

Highly touted freshmen receivers Washington and Dyjuan Lewis are still looking to make an impact to the offense. Between them, they have one catch for one yard. It's the development within the offense that is most important for the Bearcats. Lewis, who had to sit out last season, is coming along slower than expected after a whole year away from football.

"Dyjuan Lewis is going through that maturation phase of being out of football for a year and it's really discouraging and disappointing that he couldn't practice last year," said Jones. "Everything is new to him, but I see him continuing to develop. I think you're going to see them do nothing but get better as the season continues to progress. I do see the development."

One thing is for sure, in order for the Cincinnati offense to click to its full potential one or two of the youngsters will have to become viable options behind Jones, Thompkins and McClung.

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