Position Capsule: Receiver

Purdue's receiving core features several standouts, but many more looking to make an impact. In the continuation of a series, Boiler Sports Report takes a look at the Boilermakers' wide receivers.

Where they stand—The spring started with a thud for Purdue's receivers. On the second day of practice, offensive coordinator John Shoop delivered this gem of a quote while frustrated by the receivers' frequent drops. "There's only one way to learn how to catch the ball, and that's catching the ball."

The unit made some progress, but still has a long way to go with consistency. It appears Dolapo Macarthy will be the Boilermakers' top target and Charles Torwudzo is likely in line to be lined up as a starter, too. Speedster B.J. Knauf, who missed his freshman season with a back injury, had a big spring and could be the starting slot receiver.

A few other intriguing names to watch are Aloyis Gray, Raheem Mostert and Danny Anthrop, who each hope to make receiver their home moving forward. All three have tremendous talents but need to prove their worth to the coaching staff.

Biggest Riser—B.J. Knauf was just happy to be back on the field, that after missing his entire freshman season with a back injury that "lingered like a bad ex-girlfriend," as he put it. But Knauf made his presence known upon returning to action, showing off his blazing speed (he was once clocked at 4.29 on the 40-yard dash). In John Shoop's offense, Knauf will be a useful piece as the slot target.

Needs a big summer—It would be great to see Aloyis Gray make a major impact at wide receiver. The quarterback convert never really had a strong shot at taking snaps with the Boilermakers, but his size and athleticism makes him a perfect fit at receiver. Now, he must put it all together with consistency. But this spring, Gray struggled. His hands were unreliable and he appeared uncomfortable at times. Gray needs to show the coaching staff his true talents during the summer, because he has the potential to be a big-time receiver.

Quote to note—"It's all focus. It's taking your time and looking the ball in. Taking care of the little things and making plays. Do what you've done all your lives." –Purdue receivers coach Kevin Sherman, on the receivers' inconsistencies.

Prediction—Purdue has two more years of Dolapo Macarthy and Charles Torwudzo, and it will enjoy those years. The two bring great size and abilities to the outside, and could be key weapons in an offense that requires possession receivers.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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