Position Primer: Missouri Wide Receivers

Taking a look at Missouri’s position groups heading into fall camp…

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MISSOURI WIDE RECEIVERS

RETURNING STARTERS

http://www.scout.com/player/153447-j-mon-moore?s=19

Year: Redshirt junior

Stats: In 25 games, Moore has 31 receptions for 383 yards and three touchdowns. He had 29 catches for 350 yards — both team highs — and three touchdowns as a sophomore in 2015. 

Analysis: Moore has shown flashes of being a very good playmaker on the perimeter but needs to take the next step to being a consistent difference-maker in the passing game. More consistent quarterback play could help Moore break out this fall. 

http://www.scout.com/player/172388-nate-brown?s=19

Year: Junior

Stats: In 21 games, Brown has 32 catches for 371 yards and four touchdowns. He had 27 receptions for 326 yards and a team-best four touchdowns as a sophomore in 2015.

Analysis: Everything written about Moore applies here with Brown. Both are talented receivers with the skills to be impact players. 

NEWCOMERS

http://www.scout.com/player/137203-chris-black?s=19

Year: Redshirt senior (graduate transfer)

Stats: In three seasons at Alabama, he had 25 catches for 290 yards and two touchdowns. 

Analysis: It looks like Black, the talented transfer from Alabama, will be starting in the slot for the Tigers this season if he can stay healthy. That’s a big if as injuries hampered his career with the Crimson Tide and also caused him to miss time during spring practice with the Tigers. 

http://www.scout.com/player/203291-dominic-collins?s=19

Year: Junior

Stats: NA

Analysis: Collins is a bit of a mystery at this point. He’s a JUCO transfer from Saddleback Community College in California who was not on campus for spring practices but with the rest of the youth among Missouri’s wide receiving corps Collins becomes one of the veterans. Collins had 1,299 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 13 games last season at Saddleback. 

OTHERS TO WATCH

http://www.scout.com/player/151221-keyon-dilosa?s=19

Year: Redshirt sophomore

Stats: Had 11 catches for 86 yards in 11 games in his debut season in 2015.

Analysis: Dilosa was one of the Tigers’ freshmen receivers who got some playing time and amassed some stats a year ago as a redshirt freshman. He added three catches in the Black & Gold Game. There will be several young wide receivers looking to step up in fall camp and earn more playing time and Dilosa is at the top of that list. 

http://www.scout.com/player/180630-emanuel-hall?s=19

Year: Sophomore

Stats: Had eight catches for 64 yards in 11 games as a freshman.

Analysis: Hall was impressive enough a year ago that he was one of eight true freshmen — and only two wide receivers, with Cam Hilton being the other — to see game action. He’s another good athlete with good size and will be in the mix to see more playing time this season as long as he can emerge from the Tigers’ pack of youngsters at wide receiver.

http://www.scout.com/player/173546-raymond-wingo?s=19

Year: Redshirt sophomore

Stats: Had four catches for 24 yards and two rushing attempts for four yards in nine games in 2015. 

Analysis: Wingo, who started out as a cornerback at Missouri, is now in the mix at wide receiver, where the coaches will look to use his speed and big-play ability. He could be a weapon on bubble screens and jet sweeps that could help open up the offense. 

http://www.scout.com/player/195740-justin-smith?s=19

http://www.scout.com/player/205525-johnathon-johnson?s=19

http://www.scout.com/player/182002-richaud-floyd?s=19

Year: Redshirt freshmen

Stats: NA

Analysis: Grouping Smith, Johnson and Floyd together here because they will be players to watch this fall to see if they can emerge as contributors. All three have talent and bring different skills to the table but will have plenty of competition for playing time, including each other. Smith, a 6-foot-7, 200-pounder, wideout showed off his ability with a 19-yard touchdown reception in the spring game. Floyd had two catches for 27 yards and a touchdown in the Black & Gold Game. 

OVERVIEW

Opportunity abounds with Missouri’s young and deep wide receiver group with a couple players — namely Moore, Brown and Black — looking to break out and several youngsters looking to break in to the regular rotation and earn playing time. There’s a lot of talent on the roster but no one has stepped up and made an impact like we’ve seen from Bud Sasser in 2014 or Dorial Green-Beckham, Marcus Lucas and L’Damian Washington in 2013. The potential is there but none of these guys has proven they can reach that level.

Nate Latsch-Scout.com

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