Position Preview: Wide Reciver
Losing two 1,000 yard receivers is not easy to overcome for any team, but with depth at the receiver position, East Carolina should make the transition smoothly. Rising junior Isaiah Jones is poised to become the top receiver at ECU after a standout sophomore season. Jones brought in 81 receptions for 830 yards which was good for third on the team last season, behind seniors Justin Hardy and Cam Worthy. Jones has been selected to the First-Team Preseason All-American Athletic Conference and is on the watch list for the Fred Biletnikoff award. Jones will be occupying the slot position, where he has started the past two seasons. Trevon Brown and Terrell Green will be competing for the ‘X’ outside receiver position this fall. Both have tremendous size, with Terrell Green standing at 6-foot-4 and Brown at 6-foot-2, but Trevon has had the most production so far in his collegiate career. Because of a two game suspension, Cam Worthy was unable to take the field last season against UNC, giving freshman Trevon Brown an opportunity to play a significant amount time in the big game. Brown capitalized on his opportunity with a 117 yard performance while 55 of them came on the first score of the game. A left knee injury would then sideline Brown for the next five games. Terrell Green began his freshman year as a redshirt, but was activated before the game against Connecticut on October 23rd. Green would make his mark on special teams and would only record one catch for eight yards at the receiver position. Coming into the 2015 season Green could become a top option for new offensive coordinator Dave Nichols. Green may be the most gifted receiver on the team because of his athletic 6-foot-4 frame and he has spent time this offseason improving his strength and conditioning. Jimmy Williams and Davon Grayson are competing for the ‘Z’ outside receiver position. Williams and Grayson produced similar numbers in 2014 after overcoming injuries in their freshman seasons. Jimmy Williams, 5-foot-11 junior, is the smallest of the five receivers vying for a starting spot. Although Williams did not make a big splash like Grayson in his freshman season, Williams was able to overcome a season-ending ankle injury in 2014. Williams would make his lone start against UNC after an impressive game with 4 receptions and 77 yards coming at Virginia Tech. Williams finished last season with 22 catches and 254 yards. Davon Grayson, a 6-foot-2 junior, bounced back nicely after suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2013. Grayson started 10 of 13 games and racked up 257 yards on 25 catches. Grayson has shown signs of great play, scoring three touchdowns in his freshman debut against Old Dominion and an impressive diving touchdown reception the next game against Florida Atlantic. It’s not easy to replace impact players like Justin Hardy and Cam Worthy, but with the number of high quality receivers ECU has on its depth chart, the high octane offense should continue to put points on the board.
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