Position Breakdown: Wide Receivers

The 2011 football season is quickly approaching and Louisville begins fall camp next month. Today, InsideTheVille.com breaks down one of the most talented, but inexperienced positions on the team … the wide receivers.

Josh Bellamy
Josh Bellamy, 6-0, 206, SR
Michaelee Harris, 6-2, 198, RS FR
Damian Copeland, 6-1, 186, SO
Josh Chichester, 6-8, 240, SR (TE)
DeVante Parker, 6-3, 196, FR
Andrell Smith, 6-3, 210, JR
Stephon Ball, 6-4, 230, JR (TE)
Jerrell Moore, 5-10, 170, FR
Nate Nord, 6-5, 230, JR (TE)
Stephan Robinson, 5-10, 170, RS FR
Kai Dominguez, 6-0, 170, SO
Jarrett Davis, 5-9, 171, SO

OVERVIEW: Louisville has a lot of [young] talent at receiver, and much to prove this season. Josh Bellamy showed promise last year after transferring from junior college, and appears poised to become Louisville's primary target. Andrell Smith made some big plays as a sophomore and will play a much bigger role this season. Josh Chichester will spend more time at tight end as he tries to fill the void left by All-Big East selection Cameron Graham. Those three will be counted on to lead the way while youngsters Michalee Harris, DeVante Parker and Eli Rogers get their feet wet and gain experience – and confidence.

GOING, GOING, GONE: Louisville is replacing its two leading receivers from last year's squad: TE Cameron Graham and WR Doug Beaumont. Graham, who led Louisville in receiving yards and tied for the team lead with five touchdowns, was a reliable target on third down and red zone situations. Beaumont, who Charlie Strong referred to as Mr. Reliable, is now gone. Though he was a reliable target and possession receiver, Beaumont wasn't a big play threat for the Cardinals. His leadership and experience certainly will be missed, but Louisville has better talent waiting in the wings.

NOTABLE NEWCOMERS: Michaelee Harris was expected to make a major impact last season before injuring his knee. A former four-star recruit, Harris could add an explosive dimension to Louisville's passing game if fully healthy. Another four-star recruit, Ballard star DeVante Parker, is one of the top newcomers in the Big East and could quickly develop into a big-play receiver for the Cardinals. Another freshman, Miami star Eli Rogers, was Teddy Bridgewater's main target in high school.

Can Josh Bellamy step up and become Louisville's go-to playmaker after learning the ropes last season?

How will Josh Chichester adapt as more of a full-time tight end? Can he fill the void left by Cameron Graham and become a reliable target for Louisville's inexperienced quarterbacks?

Will Michaelee Harris be at full strength after injuries to both knees? Will he be as quick and dangerous after the injury or has he lost a step?

Andrell Smith has shown promise since stepping on campus two years ago. Is he finally ready to realize his potential and become a consistent playmaker for the Louisville offense?

Damian Copeland, Jarrett Davis, Kai Dominguez and Stephan Robinson have all been in the program for at least a season. Will anybody from that quartet step up and become consistent contributors this season?

True freshmen DeVante Parker and Eli Rogers might be the most talented wide receivers in the program. How quickly can they make an impact for the Cards?

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