Talented But Unproven

There are many receivers that will battle it out this spring. For the most part, it is a young group with talent. <B>Dallas Baker, Jemalle Cornelius, Reggie Lewis, and Kenneth Tookes</B> are just some of the young guns. <B>Kelvin Kight</B> finished strong last season and he could emerge as the leader of the pack. How will incoming freshmen <B>Chad Jackson</B> and <B>Andre Caldwell</B> impact the situation?

Spring Preview 2003

Wide Receivers

The wide receiver and tight end position is going to be the most fun to watch on the offense all spring.  Keiwan Ratliff will work full time to see if he can make a difference with his speed and hands.  Kelvin Kight looks to build on a strong finish to his season and everyone is waiting to see Dallas Baker.  Gone are Matt Jackson (defense), Antoine Sharp (transferred), OJ Small (moved to tight end) and Taylor Jacobs (NFL).  Reggie Vickers is rehabbing and working on academics while Carlos Perez may not be 100% healthy for spring practice after breaking his right fibula versus South Carolina last season.  So who will be at receiver you ask? Young athletes with speed.

Kelvin Kight (Senior)

He is a true senior who had 34 catches and 1 touchdown last season.  Had a career high 9 receptions versus Georgia in knocking off the undefeated Dogs.
Strengths:  Experience and newly found confidence.  Runs the slip screen better than anyone and is a physical possession guy.
Weakness: Hands come and go as well as his route running.  Must prove he can maintain the confidence.

Keiwan Ratliff (Senior) 

He was second team All-SEC last year at corner.  Not physical enough to be a good run supporter yet he has the hands and speed to be a good receiver.  He will experiment with the move in the spring.
Strengths:  Great speed and elusiveness.  Has some game experience at the receiver position.
Weakness: Ability to grasp the offense will be the major factor in the spring.

Dallas Baker (Red-shirt Freshman)

He is a big proto-typical receiver who captured everyone's attention on the scout team.  He is a natural to step in at Taylor Jacobs (x) spot on the depth chart.  He is hungry and could be the next Charles Rogers (Michigan St.).
Strengths:  Big, physical and fast.  He is a natural receiver that is very fluid.  Starting defensive backs could not handle him in the fall.
Weakness:  Experience and knowledge of the offense.

Vernell Brown (Sophomore)

Had 4 catches and even one start.  Many will remember the last play against Michigan but he is a optimistic bright kid.  He will give great effort and could really use a solid spring leaning the intricacies of the position.
Strengths:  Work ethic is unparalleled and he is very tough for his size.  Can make people miss despite better than average speed.  Could be a major contributor on special teams.
Weakness:  Not great speed and still needs to get more comfortable as a receiver.

Kenneth Tookes (Redshirt Freshman)

Almost played last season then Coach Zook decided to red-shirt at the end of camp.  He could have really benefited from playing some.  Dressed for every game except UAB.
Strengths:  Natural receiver with instincts and the ability to catch the ball over the middle.  Big target who has sneaky fast speed.
Weakness:  Like others experience and finding the position in the rotation that fits his ability.

Reggie Lewis (Redshirt Freshman)

Played quarterback in high school but has good bloodlines at the receiver spot.  He dressed the first nine games of last season.
Strengths:  Good runner after the catch and has elusiveness.

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