Wide Receivers update -

The Rebels are searching for more depth at the wide receiver slots, and the quest is continual and never-ending for better play, but WR Coach Hugh Freeze can see progress and can tell last year's experience has helped in the maturity of their performances. Read about it inside.

Everyone knew the score heading into fall camp at the wide receiver slots.

The top three or four candidates are experienced and talented. The rest have to prove themselves and earn a way into the playing rotation of six or so who will be used, if possible.

"Marshay Green, Dexter McCluster and Mike Wallace are leading the way right now, but Michael Hicks has had a very good camp and has come on pretty strong since spring training," Freeze began, "and we hope to have Shay Hodge back soon. Those five are kind of the backbone of the group right now, but we need some more to step up.

"Marshay and Dexter are having tremendous camps. They are the go-to guys in the quick game and you love to see the ball in their hands because they can take it all the way on any play. Mike has shown some improvement this camp as well. He's now got experience and gets what we are teaching now. His hands are better this time around."

The Rebel coaches have searched high and low for viable candidates.

They've moved RS frosh Markeith Summers back to wide receiver after being at strong safety last year.

"Markeith is our best blocker at WR. He's strong and physical and he loves to mix it up in there. He's got a great vertical. He just has to get back in the swing of things of running his routes and catching the ball consistently," Hugh continued.

They started out with true frosh Lionel Breaux at cornerback, but quickly moved him to wide receiver.

"Lionel brings quickness, strength and good hands to the table. He's a playmaker, like Marshay. We are bringing him along making sure he knows everything he needs to know before we put him in the fire, but he's got some talent," said Freeze.

The coaches have also worked DE Greg Hardy into the wide receiver mix some, and currently Todd Cox has been moved form LB to WR.

"Greg is a special talent. He's got great size, great hands and great quickness. We will use him as much as we can at wide receiver. He can go get the ball and he does a good job in the quick game," Freeze noted. "In the scrimmag ethe other day, he just went over defendes for two short TD passes. He just takes the ball away from them and outjumps them and outpositions them with his big body. In close quarters, it's really a mismatch for him to be on a DB.

"Todd will not help us much right now, but he's athletic. We'll see down the road how he adapts."

Through two-a-days, Freeze said he'd give his guys a B+ grade.

"Like I said in spring, their effort is tremendous. They work as hard as any unit on our team and take pride in doing things right," Freeze closed. "They have caught the ball well this fall camp. I expect big things out of them."

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