KSU features great depth at receiver

Despite losing go-to receiver James Terry from last season, K-State might have the most depth at receiver it has seen in years when it opens the season against Western Kentucky Saturday.

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder came out with a bit of a surprise at Tuesday's press conference when the wide receiver two-deep was released.

A couple of names listed are obvious names anyone would have expected to see even at midsummer. However, one name absent from the three starting receivers was senior Antoine Polite's.

After making quite the splash last season as a true No. 2 receiving threat when pulling in 29 receptions for 409 yards and one touchdown, many thought Polite would be an easy choice to take over the top target for the departed James Terry.

But Polite is penciled in as a backup to incoming sophomore Yamon Figurs, who has been said to have 4.29 40-yard speed.

Junior Davin Dennis and sophomore Jermaine Moreira are the other two starting receivers. Dennis is a speed receiver and made the most offensive impact in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl when he grabbed seven receptions for 114 yards. Moreira played last season as a true freshman and quickly made a name for himself with his blazing speed while recording 17 receptions for 277 yards. Moreira was fourth in all-purpose yards last year with 497 yards.

Snyder said he thinks the situation at receiver has sorted itself out and that many of them are interchangeable for the most part.

"I think there's a balance of ability within that group that could lead you to believe that it could be an ever-changing depth chart in regards to who's at the top of the list," he said. "I think they are close enough in terms of performance, but it can be somewhat interchangeable."

Seniors Tony Madison and Joe Lawson are listed as backups, along with Polite. Madison came in with Terry several years ago, but has been absent from the field since. One bright spot with Madison is that he's the only receiver with real NFL size, coming in 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds. Lawson saw limited time last season, but was a reliable reserve off the bench.

"I think all of our receivers can play," sophomore backup quarterback Allen Webb said.  "They attack the ball, and Davin is just an awesome player.  Tony is a big guy, and he has a nice vertical.  So they're definitely guys that are going to get the ball."

Junior receiver Jesse Martinez, who is also the starting punter, said the competition at receiver so far will make K-State better in the end.

"We have about 14 receivers for just three spots, sometimes four, depending on the formation," he said. "The competition will make us a better receiving core. Everyone has to practice hard and play hard because you never know when you could drop in the depth chart. There are spots to be gained every day."



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