Bearcats Loaded At Receiver

With the addition of Kenbrell Thompkins to the roster, Butch Jones has no shortage at the wide receiver position for the 2010 season. But just how good are the Bearcats receivers?

When breaking down the wide receiver position for the University of Cincinnati football team it's easy to see they'll be considered one of the top groups not only in the Big East, but also in the country. The addition of Kenbrell Thompkins has the Bearcats coaching staff thinking how to get everyone enough touches. But how does Bearcat Insider rank the current group?

Armon Binns: The senior to be knows this is his time to shine and is not going to let anyone come between him in showing his junior season was no fluke. With great physical size and great hands, Binns is going to find the going much like he did last season as opposing defenses will not be able to just key on one guy with the added depth.

Vidal Hazelton: Looking to prove a point will give Hazelton enough motivation to have a great senior season. While many looked for the USC transfer to pick up where Mardy Gilyard left off, Hazelton has his own skill set and will have a chance to show the reason he was such a highly sought after recruit. Depth at the position will keep Hazelton honest in practice and also keep defenses honest in how they play to cover him once the season starts.

Kenbrell Thompkins: While Thompkins has not played a down for the Bearcats you can see from watching him in practice he's got great skills. Thompkins is advanced in his skill set and knows what to do when he gets the ball in his hands. Catches the ball much like Dominick Goodman did during his career.

D.J. Woods: It's hard to believe that D.J. is getting ready for his third season in a Bearcats uniform. While Woods doesn't take a backseat to any of the players listed ahead of him, he's got three guys all with the ability to play at the next level looking to be the #1 option. Woods will get his touches and he'll need to make the most of them when they come.

Marcus Barnett: Bones is back and knows this is his last chance to show the skills that earned him All-Big East freshman honors. The talent has always been there and Marcus continues to show maturity on and off the field. Much like Woods, the Maryland native will need to make the most of his touches when they come.

Jamar Howard: The Cincinnati native would be a starter on many teams across the country but is caught up in a log jam with the Bearcats. Built with great physical size, Howard can't take a day off this spring or he'll get lost in the shuffle.

Tomaz Hilton, Orion Woodard, Lynell Payne and Danny Milligan are all working hard in camp but the talent ahead of them at this time means each will need to be ready in case injury opens up a door.


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