Wide Receiver Unit Much Improved

At this time last year, Bulldog fans were wondering just who would be catching passes from senior quarterback Zac Champion. This year, the quarterback position is up in the air but there will be a lot of options for whoever is under center.

The 2007 season saw some new faces, Philip Beck and Phillip Livas, step into the spotlight. There was also an old face, tight end Anthony Harrison, who returned from an injury plagued 2006 season to lead the Bulldogs in receptions.

With Beck and Livas returning, Louisiana Tech Head Coach Derek Dooley should fill a little more comfortable with his group of receivers. Both players made huge impacts in the return game, but did mange to catch for over 850 yards together. With so many good players to choose from, there is still a bit of uncertainty in the air this spring. Who will step up? Who is injured? How will this group of wideouts gel with a new quarterback?

The Spring Game on April 12th will answer a few questions, but it will likely take a couple of games this fall to truly get a sense of who will be the top playmakers.

Veterans Shane Womack and Brian Jackson came along as last season progressed and will provide big targets for the quarterback. Josh Wheeler, who missed most of last season with an injury, caught for over 500 yards as a sophomore and will try to get back to that level in 2007.

Harrison caught for 293 yards as a junior in 2007, and with Harrison out in 2006, Dennis Morris filled in with 284 yards of his own. If Morris and Harrison can find a way to co-exist, they could potentially put up huge numbers. Dustin Mitchell spent a lot of time blocking out of the backfield last season, but still managed nearly 200 yards receiving. Tech plans on getting Mitchell in as a true tight end more this year, which could take advantage of his 6'4" frame in the passing game.

Joe Anderson made a splash early last season while fellow freshman Adrian Linwood red shirted. Linwood, who played quarterback in high school, moved from safety to receiver during the spring. Anderson is sitting out the spring due to a suspension and Linwood recently suffered an undisclosed injury. Linwood had played well this spring and both players figured to compete for time in the fall. It remains to be seen what their status will be when fall camp starts.

Michael Mosley also switched positions, from quarterback to wide receiver. Mosley did line up in the slot several times this year and gained 75 yards rushing, mostly on reverse plays. Using his size and athleticism, Mosley could make an even greater impact working full time at the position.

Senior Earl Griffin has always had the reputation as a sure handed pass catcher and will provide consistency for a group that has been very inconsistent. Incoming freshmen R.P. Stuart and Houston Tuminello will also have a chance to make their mark in the fall. Stuart is a big, physical player and he is not afraid to go over the middle. Tuminello has a reputation of catching anything thrown his direction and could be a confidence booster for a first time quarterback.

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