Tiger Spring Ball Outlook: Receivers

The Tigers will be looking for some of their underclassmen to step up and make names for themselves this spring practice


Tiger Receivers Spring 2011

29 Jerrell Jackson  6'1" 190 (S)
5   Rolandis Woodland  6'3" 200 (J)
2   L'Damian Washington  6'4" 190 (So)
14 Jaleel Clark  6'5" 215 (So)
28 T.J. Moe  6'0" 200 (J)
3   Gahn McGaffie  5'10" 180 (J)
21 Bud Sasser  6'3" 200 (RSF)
88 Jimmie Hunt  6'1" 195 (RSF)
22 Joe Plevel  6'0" 205 (So)
8   Wes Kemp  6'4" 220 (S)
16 Brandon Gerau  6'0" 175 (S)
85 Marcus Lucas  6'5" 205 (So)
80 Terry Dennis  6'3" 205 (S)
9   Kerwin Stricker  6'2" 200 (So)
     Wesley Leftwich  6'1"  195  (F)
82 Michael Egnew  6'6" 235 (S)
87 Andrew Jones  6'5" 250 (S)
81 Eric Waters  6'4"  230  (So)
84 Steven Drain  6'4"  240 (J)

Continuing the spring football theme of competition, we'll take a look at who will be competing at the receiver positions for the Tigers this spring.

At the top of the list at TE is a returning First-Team All Big 12, and Consensus All-American, in senior Michael Egnew 6'6" 235.  During the 2010 season, the Mackey Award Finalist led the nation's TEs with 90 receptions.   His 762 receiving yards (8.5 yards/reception), and 5 receiving TDs, were second on the team.  Egnew is a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses.  He's too big for a DB, and too fast for a LB, to cover. 

Egnew's primary back-up, heading into the spring, is expected to be senior TE Andrew Jones 6'5" 250.  Jones is an experienced, reliable receiver, but lacks the kind of speed that would make him a more favored target.

Sophomore TE Eric Waters 6'4" 230 will challenge Jones for the number two spot on the depth chart.  I'll be watching this one closely.  Waters is athletic, has some speed, and has shown good hands.  He'll need to take another step up in the level of his play, and improve his consistency.   Another TE prospect is junior walk-on Steven Drain 6'4" 240.  Drain has displayed good hands, but has had trouble staying healthy.

Missouri's leading returning receiver is junior T.J. Moe 6'0" 200, who in 2010 made 92 catches, for 1045 receiving yards (11.4 yards/reception), and 6 TDs.  A second-team All Big 12 selection as a sophomore, Moe has quickly become a team leader, with his down-to-earth style, and his blue-collar approach.  His on-field toughness doesn't go unnoticed by his teammates, either. 

Heading into the spring, a pair of seniors will likely sit atop the depth chart at the Z WR, and X WR, positions.  Wes Kemp 6'4" 220 is Missouri's most experienced receiver, and is widely regarded as the Tigers' best perimeter blocker.  But, Kemp has been inconsistent catching the football. 

The other senior who is likely to begin the spring listed as a starter is Jerrell Jackson 6'1" 190, who like Kemp, is a good perimeter blocker, and has been inconsistent catching the football.  Like Kemp, Jackson's best games were also Missouri's best offensive games.  In 2010, when Kemp and Jackson played their best, Missouri's offense was prolific! 

One of the biggest questions facing the coaching staff this off-season will be sorting out the depth, and the playing rotation at these outside receiver positions.  Kemp and Jackson are going to be challenged by a number of younger players.

Senior walk-on Brandon Gerau 6'0" 175 is a sure-handed, experienced receiver.  He'll be in the competition for one of those outside spots.

So will junior Rolandis Woodland 6'3" 200, who is explosive, and very athletically gifted, but has been inconsistent catching the football.

A trio of Missouri receivers who saw the football field last season will be competing to move up the depth chart this spring, including junior Gahn McGaffie 5'10" 180, sophomore L'Damian Washington 6'4" 190, and sophomore Marcus Lucas 6'5" 205.  The athletic Washington has shown promise.  And, Lucas is a big target, with the talent to become a high level receiver.  McGaffie was productive, in limited time, as Moe's back-up.

With 12 scholarship wide receivers on the roster heading into the spring, there's definitely no shortage of competitors attempting to climb the depth chart, and to get onto the field next fall.  Among those who will be trying to impress, and work their way up, are sophomores Jaleel Clark 6'5" 215, and Kerwin Stricker 6'2" 200, RSF Bud Sasser 6'3" 200, RSF Jimmie Hunt 6'1" 198, and freshman Wesley Leftwich 6'1" 195.

Sasser and Hunt have been impressive ever since they arrived on campus last summer.  They'll definitely be among the ones to watch this spring, as the coaching staff begins to sort things out at these positions.  With so many talented candidates, this portends to be one of the more exciting competitions of the spring.


ShowMeMizzou.com Spring Ball Outlook

There is a lot of excitement this spring about how the young receiving talent like Hunt, Sasser, Lucas, Clark, Stricker and Washington will do.

The opportunity is there for one or more of them to step up and make a move on the depth chart.

Despite two seniors returning, there is a need for better production and playmaking ability in the Tiger offense for the coming 2011 season.

The thought last fall camp was that Jimmie Hunt would have played as a true freshman had he not gotten injured. He brings the playmaking ability that is needed and will have a lot expected of him as spring ball unfolds.

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