Position Probe: Wide Receiver

An in-depth take, position by position, as the Illini transition from spring drills to summer workouts.

New is always exciting.

Well, there's a fine line between the unsure nervousness and feel-good anticipation something new brings.

After spring, the wide receiver picture became more clear (and more than decent looking) after newcomers Geronimo Allison and Mike Dudek made great first impressions and last season standbys Justin Hardee and Martize Barr appeared prime to step into larger roles.

Even former walk-on Peter Bonahoom moved the needle in the spring game, catching seven passes for 95 yards.

And there's more depth on the way with Tyrin Stone-Davis set to enroll in June.

Adding it all up, sure, it's easy to concede that relying on unproven or new players isn't the ideal situation. Last season's wide receiver corps was a big question mark, too, though. That turned out well enough, so there's not yet reason to doubt the offensive system Bill Cubit runs. The believe is, no matter the parts, Cubit can assemble something whole that can score points.

Allison has the potential to be a star. Dudek has the potential to be a four-year starter. Cubit has been pushing and leaning and prodding and coaching up Hardee since he arrived because, you follow the drift, the potential is obvious.

Potential may mean it hasn't happened yet to some. But in this case, it signifies what could be in strong fashion.


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