Storyline Central: Receiving Targets continues its lead-in to training camp series with a look at the overflow of talent at wide receiver. What will Chas Dodd do with more weapons at his disposal than Jayne Cobb? Will anyone get left out? How does a new offensive scheme change the outlook for receivers, tight ends and backs?

The majority of Chas Dodd's receiving weapons from last season are back and there are plenty of new additions for the sophomore quarterback to get excited about.

For Dodd, the biggest challenge will not be find someone to throw to. It comes down to Dodd and offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti to find a way to keep so many targets involved in the offense.

Quron Pratt, one of many that will have to fight for playing time, summed up the situation best after the spring game, where he had seven catches.

"We have all kinds of receivers and we're very deep," Pratt said. "We work well together and we're not worried about not getting enough passes. Chas is going to find us. He's a great quarterback and he's going to find openings."

Dodd completed passes to 11 players last season. Under Cignetti's control, the Pittsburgh offense completed passes to 13 players last season.

But with the talent at receiver this season, Dodd and Cignetti have a challenge ahead of them to keep so many happy.

There are four legitimate No. 1 receivers on the roster this season and plenty of strong possession and slot guys behind them. People will get left out this season, but it's up to individuals themselves pending performances in training camp.

Here's a top-to-bottom look at the wideouts with a legitimate chance at becoming one of Dodd's weapons for the 2011 season.

Weapons Locker:

Mohamed Sanu (Jr., 6-foot-2, 218) — Sanu is like a baseball player that gets healthy right at the trade deadline. He's a major addition without giving anything up this season. Without the Wildcat and nagging injuries bogging him down, Sanu can be a monster receiver this season. Focused solely on improving his game with receivers coach P.J. Fleck, Sanu has high expectations of himself. Look for more of what Sanu showed in his first game in a Rutgers uniform, when he had 10 catches for 101 yards.

Mark Harrison (Jr. 6-foot-3, 230) — Harrison became a stud once Dodd took over the reins last season. Leading the team in receiving yards (829), catches (44) and touchdowns (nine). The question for Harrison is if he can build on his sophomore year in the new system and if having three other No. 1 receivers alongside him will change things.

Brandon Coleman (R-Fr. 6-foot-6, 215) — Coleman made a name for himself this spring with a multitude of spectacular catches in practices, scrimmages and the spring game. It's tough to grade Coleman when he has yet to play a college football game, but he practices well and that's the best way to earn playing time.

Tim Wright (R-Jr., 6-foot-4, 215) — Wright has the body to be a great receiver and had a fantastic spring last year before his unfortunate ACL tear. The thing to remember about Wright, however, is that he is a four-year player that has yet to make a college reception. He may look the part on paper, but until he does it in a game, he's in the same position as Coleman (which is by no means a bad position).

Quron Pratt (R-Soph., 6-foot, 175) — Pratt has a lot of speed and quickness. He also put together two consecutive impressive springs. He got hurt early in camp last year and was not the same afterwards. This season, Pratt needs to prove he can be a more durable receiver.

Miles Shuler (Fr., 5-foot-10, 185) — Speaking of speed, Shuler is a former track great at the state level and brings a ton of speed to receiver and special teams. However, the Long Branch High School product could benefit from a red-shirt after starring at quarterback in high school.

Tejay Johnson (Fr., 6-foot-2, 180) — After a year in prep school, Johnson is enrolled at Rutgers and ready for action. Johnson and Shuler bring the most speed to the position and can also be valuable special teams options, however it is unlikely that both see the field this season.

J.T. Tartacoff (Soph., 5-foot-11, 190) — Tartacoff earned some playing time as a true freshman, but spent the spring splitting time between safety and receiver. Before Tartacoff can be evaluated this season, he needs to find the position that best suits him. The same goes for red-shirt freshman Jawaun Wynn.

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