The countdown clocks are ticking; there are 73 days until
WIDE RECEIVER: Last year was a rough year for this position, due to on and off field attrition. Things began poorly when Dominique Douglas and Anthony Bowman were suspended indefinitely before two-a-days were even finished. The situation went from bad to worse when Andy Brodell was lost for the season three games and one quarter into his junior year with a hamstring injury at
DJK and Chaney were high school quarterbacks, so there was not a lot of experience at wide out for the Hawkeyes. But since we are several months removed from that experience, one can look on the bright side now and say ‘those players saw a lot of action and gained some valuable playing time.'
Brodell returns for his senior season having shown flashes of brilliance during his career; back to back 159 yard receiving games to end the 2006 season still stand out. This will be his year to find consistency from down to down. Stross will be a junior, and it's time to put health issues behind him and become a go to receiver each and every snap. The good news is that he has the physical tools to accomplish that objective.
The same can be said of DJK; no one on the team possesses the raw talent that he has, and his upside is significant. He has to capture a significant portion of that upside this year and like the entire receiving corps, he has to make the routine plays, run crisp routes and pick up hot reads. Chaney is fast, and showed against
Sandeman showed some flashes as a true freshman, but he too struggled with hot reads and hanging onto the football. The spotlight of criticism was probably too hot on him last year, given his age and inexperience.
Of course, James Cleveland is no longer with the football team, which is certainly a loss for
As we look at all of these positions, we will make an assumption on health, which isn't a given as we all know.
Brodell is one starter, with Stross having an inside edge on the other side. If DJK doesn't rise up and grab the opportunity that will be before him to either push for the #2 receiver spot, or lock down the #3, then that would be a big time red flag. But there is opportunity for playing time at this position this year, and the battle between DJK and Stross for significant reps will be one of the main battles to watch for this fall.
REC YDS TD
Andy Brodell 45 684 6
Trey Stross 26 416 3
D. Johnson-Koulianos 35 525 3
Paul Chaney 15 180 1
Colin Sandeman 12 144 0
Tony Moeaki 45 450 6Brandon Myers 20 200 2