Cowboys Depth In Focus: Receivers

Fans sitting in the stands last Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium watching the team warm up prior to the spring game noticed that Brandon Sheperd was in shorts and not going to play. They also saw that David Glidden, the leading receiver by number of receptions last season, is also in shorts. Then, fans notice Marcell Ateman is without his pads.

So, Cowboys fans had to be thinking, who is going to catch those passes I want to see Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh throw all over the field?

Last year's freshman sensation James Washington is still so very sensational. Even though he was out positioned by cornerback Ramon Richardson on the first series in a one-on-one situation, Washington caught three passes for 101 yards.

Chris Lacy (shown above) is the other freshman receiver that played last season, and he caught three passes for 105 yards including a long one from freshman quarterback John Kolar. Austin Hays is healthy again, and he has some really sure hands that were good for four catches for 40 yards last Saturday.

On the Orange team, talented walk-on and a favorite of mine is former NEO A&M all-conference performer Kameron Doolittle. He caught three passes for 73 yards from Walsh. A true freshman and a beast wide receiver at 6-3, 230 pounds is Keenen Brown and his 28-yard catch on the sideline was a fantastic play to get his foot down.

Jhajuan Seales is back from his issue last season and he had two catches for 56 yards, and C.J. Curry was thrown one pass and he caught it for a 21-yard gain.

"I think we have 10 receivers, maybe more, that are coming back this year and can help us out," head coach Mike Gundy said earlier in the spring.

He's right that receiver is not an issue. In fact, I didn't mention another walk-on in Cole Neph, who I think can really help out as well. He had two receptions for 14 yards, one coming in the red zone to help finish a scoring drive.

This list and examination in on the wide and inside receivers only and I'm not including the tight ends or Cowboy backs that we will get to later in another segment. There are enough quality receivers that the Cowboys can withstand some injuries or some players that don't perform up to standard.

To play this fall as a receiver you'd better be prepared, block for the run game, know the game plan, and catch the ball because if you don't there is somebody else that will.

It is really a great situation as it will force players to continue to work hard and get better or fall behind some of those young receivers like Washington, Lacy, and now Brown that are blazing a contrail across Boone Pickens Stadium.

Here is the way that I would line them up to start fall camp. This is not official, just my opinion based on observation.

Wide Receiver
James Washington, 6-0, 200, So., Stamford, Texas
Chris Lacy, 6-3, 195, So., DeSoto, Texas
Marcell Ateman, 6-4, 210, Jr., Wylie (Wylie East), Texas
Cole Neph, 6-3, 205, RS-Fr., Owasso, Okla.

Inside Receiver
David Glidden, 5-8, 185, Sr., Mustang, Okla.
C.J. Curry, 6-2, 200, Jr., Flowery Branch, Ga.
Cole McKnight, 5-10, 185, So., Cushing, Okla.

Inside Receiver
Austin Hays, 6-2, 190, Jr., San Antonio (Reagan), Texas
Kameron Doolittle, 5-8, 200, Sr., NEO A&M J.C./Edmond (Memorial), Okla.

Wide Receiver
Brandon Sheperd, 6-1, 195, Sr., St. Louis (Parkway Central), Mo.
Jhajuan Seales, 6-2, 198, Jr., Port Arthur (Memorial), Texas (or)
Keenen Brown, 6-3, 230, RS-Fr., Houston (Alief Taylor), Texas

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