This was finally his year, he had waited until he was a Junior to finally score a touchdown, spent most of last year on the training table, and was quickly turning into NU QB Brett Basanez' primary target and long ball threat.-- da Coach
Look at the numbers:
But the old saying about doors opening and closing applies in Wildcat football.
- 54 Catches in 8 games for 633 yards, and 2 TDs.
- 11.7 yards per catch and 79.1 yards per game.
- 14 Punt returns, averaging 10.4 yards per.
If you look at the H [right side] Wide Receiver, there are 3 players, Jonathan Fields, Shaun Herbert, and Brandon Horn, who are #2, #5 and #6 in receptions for the Cats. And over on the left side, Senior Ashton Aikens [#4 on the list] is still out there, and two other pretty talented guys are rotating in and out - Kim Thompson and T.J. Jones. There's also senior Frank Bass, who was a pretty decent receiver at the Div III level.
Thompson was the rising star in the Spring Game, and folks have talked about T.J. - Tonqua Jones since this time last year.
What has made the Northwestern Offense so difficult to stop for 4 quarters this year is that there are 5 other players with pass receptions running out of the Wide Receiver slot, plus three running backs and a tight end. The 8 "Cats' with Catches" average just over 11 yards per.
Of concern to WR Coach Garrick McGee should be that last year, injuries to Philmore and Aikens stopped the NU passing game dead in its tracks, but this year there's more depth and experience, and OC Mike Dunbar and McGee have brought a different cycle of play to the WR corps - one that uses a large number of different receivers all the time.
We may not see Mark Philmore back on the field until a bowl game, but the door is now open for those freshmen.
Coach Dunbar once told me you could never have enough wide receivers -- has that ever been prophetic -- but here's the chance for everyone on the 2 deep to step it up for the Wildcats.
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