Breakdown: Receiver

In Part 2 of our position breakdown takes a look at the receiver position. The Bulls have a ton of talent at WR making it the deepest position on the team. Although deep, the position is also very young. Here is a breakdown of the receiver position and a prediction for the coming season.

The centerpiece of the receiving corps will be Johnny Peyton, he led USF in receiving with 22 catches for 469 yards last season. Peyton also earned Conference USA all-freshman honors and boasted a 21.3 yd/catch average. At 6-5 200 pounds Peyton uses his size to exploit smaller defenders. Opposite him will be another sophomore standout, Jackie Chambers.

Chambers is an excellent route runner with great burst and power off the line. During summer practices I noticed he is the type of player that after a catch can stick his foot in the ground, change direction and make people miss for big yards after the catch. Chambers is also a hard worker and regularly stayed after practice for extra work.

Chambers on the move

The first two spots on the receiving depth chart are more definite than spots 3 through 5, which will be an interesting competition to follow once fall practice starts. The battle for the third spot will be between S.J. Green, Travis Lipp, Amarri Jackson, Darren Haliburton, Taurus Johnson, and Marcus Edwards. Just being able to name that many players worthy of earning the third spot is encouraging. Each brings something different to the position. Green and Lipp are the most experienced and have contributed in the past. Then there are the younger players Jackson, Johnson, Haliburton and Edwards. However, Amarri could be the secret of this year's team, At 6-foot-5 195 pounds he was a high school football star who went to Hillsborough Community College where he played basketball for the last two years. Look for big things out of this kid while here at USF.

Travis Lipp

Moving to tight end, time will be split between Mike Ruegger and Derek Carter. Also look for incoming freshman Cedric Hill to make a push at some serious playing time. Hill is big, physical and fast but had some trouble holding on to the ball during summer drills. If he can work the kinks out of his game he could find himself in the starting lineup.

Cedric Hill

Overall the receivers the Bulls have this year should not only excel on an individual level, but also help the quarterbacks and at the same time open up the running game by spreading the field. Look for Peyton and Chambers to be the go-to-guys, while S.J. Green, Taurus Johnson, and Travis Lipp make timely contributions, but the biggest impact will come from Amarri Jackson. Better known as Randy Moss to his teammates, Jackson might not have an immediate impact but he will be a star when the rust wears off from not playing football for two years. Early on he might be used more in goal line situations where he can just "go-up and get it", but as the season goes on look for him to get more and more reps.

Amarri Jackson goes over the middle

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