Countdown to Kickoff: Wide Receivers

ScarletReport.com's "Countdown to Kickoff" series continues with a look at the receivers. There is depth, but it is youthful and unproven. There are also question as to whom will replace Tim Brown's speed and whether someone will emerge to complement sophomore Mohamed Sanu.

Rutgers' season opener is now within site as Thursday's kickoff (7:30 p.m.) against Norfolk State is only a few days away.
In getting everyone ready, ScarletReport.com is running its "Countdown to Kickoff" series, and today's in-depth position analysis stops on the receivers.

Relevant players: Mohamed Sanu (So.), Mark Harrison (So.), Quron Pratt (R-Fr.), Mason Robinson (R-Jr.), Jeremy Deering (Fr.), Jawaun Wynn (Fr.), J.T. Tartacoff (Fr.), Aaron Hayward (R-Fr.), Keith Stroud (R-So.).

The Good: What can't Sanu do? Well, other than clone himself and give the Scarlet Knights another proven receiver. He runs the "Wildcat," gives Rutgers a precise route-runner, is physical and can get down the field.
He made 51 catches and scored a combined eight touchdowns, and that was before a full offseason of working out with quarterback Tom Savage to further develop their chemistry and timing.
Deering, a 20-year-old freshman, brings quick acceleration, size, above average hands the toughness to the position. He is a play-maker who can stretch the field, but with a build capable of surviving life going over the middle.
Harrison made five catches in eight games in 2009, but his season was impacted by injuries. It is not a good sign Harrison missed a week of practice after a head injury in a scrimmage.
Wynn rose further up the depth chart than any receiver in training camp and should get playing time. He is 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, and can use that size to go above defensive backs.
Pratt is out of the opener with a shoulder injury, but was one of the nice surprises of spring practice before getting injured early in training camp. Tartacoff's availability is in question because of a leg injury, but his knowledge of the offense after spending much of the spring on campus will work out well for him.

The Bad: Tim Wright had the best spring of anyone, started off training camp where he left off, then was lost for the season because of a knee injury. And behind Sanu and Harrison, gulp, Wright was the most experienced receiver on the roster.
Did we mention Wright is still looking for his first college reception?
There is loads of talent among the receivers, including Deering, Brandon Coleman, Wynn and Harrison, but it is young, young talent. Even Harrison, who is a starter if healthy, doesn't have much experience.
Robinson can be a very good as a receiver, but it speaks to the questions of depth at the position that Robinson was moved from running back last week and now is looking to play a significant role as a receiver.

The Unknown: Sanu made 51 catches and turned out to be a tremendous complement to Tim Brown in 2009. The talent is there for someone else to play that role with Sanu, but who will it be? Also, who will stretch the field?

Confidence meter: Scale of 1 to 10: 6


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