Armed Forces Bowl Breakdown: WRs

Don't let the picture to the left fool you; Aldrick Robinson rarely laid down on the job this season for SMU, which is getting revved up to face the U.S. Military Academy in the Armed Forces Bowl. Read further to get the breakdown on each squad's receiving corps. You'll awe, amaze, and astonish your friends with the breadth of your knowledge after devouring our bowl preview segments.

If there's one area where SMU holds a particularly distinct advantage over Army, it's at wide receiver and that's certainly no surprise, considering that June Jones is known for the wide-open passing game and Army is a conservative, ground-oriented, triple-option team.

SMU features two 1,000-yard receivers in Aldrick Robinson and Cole Beasley. Robinson's the home-run threat, averaging a robust 20.4 yards per catch. The senior from Waxahachie was named first-team All-Conference USA, and he led the team in yardage (1,225) and was third with 60 receptions.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder has gained well over 3,000 yards during his career, including a bevy of big plays that included catches of 82, 94, and 96 yards. He topped the 100-yard receiving mark in seven games this fall, with the zenith coming against Tulane (5 catches, 182 yards, TD).

Robinson's 82-yard touchdown grab versus the Green Wave was perhaps the instrumental play in that game, a second-half comeback win on the road. He's the only Mustang to ever record two 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

Last year, Robinson's 96-yard touchdown against East Carolina tied for the longest pass play in SMU history. He's been invaluable after the departure of Emmanuel Sanders to the NFL, and it's likely that Robinson will join his former teammate in the professional ranks in the near future.


Cole Beasley
Beasley is first on the team with 84 receptions to go along with 1,036 yards and six TDs. Like Robinson, Beasley was a terror vs. Tulane, hauling in nine catches for 135 yards in the Mustangs' 31-17 win.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior began the year with a bang, grabbing a couple of TD receptions vs. Texas Tech. His biggest week, statistically, came in a 42-31 shootout victory over Rice. In that contest, Beasley accounted for 8 catches and 158 yards, including his season-long of 49 yards.

While Robinson serves as SMU's deep-route specialist, Beasley thrives in making the difficult grab on short-to-intermediate routes. He's fearless and doesn't hesitate to go across the middle into traffic.

Sophomore Darius Johnson is second on the team with 69 receptions, and the 5-foot-10, 178-pounder from Missouri City amassed 693 yards (and scored 5 TDs). Johnson made great strides from last year, upping his total from 11 catches as a freshman.

The contributions of Bradley Haynes, an inviting 6-foot-3 target, cannot be discounted. Haynes caught 34 passes for 317 yards with 3 touchdowns. Two of the junior's TD grabs came at crucial junctures in wins over Tulsa and Marshall.

Thanks to the Mustangs' "Big Four" wide receivers, SMU is ranked No. 22 in the nation in passing yardage.


Austin Barr
Army, on the other hand, is ranked last in the country (No. 120) in passing yardage, but the Black Knights do have a trio of talented WRs with good size in Austin Barr, Davyd Brooks, and George Jordan.

Barr, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior from Oregon, is second on the team with 14 receptions. He's averaging 15.4 yards per catch with three touchdowns.

Brooks, another rangy junior wideout (6-foot-3, 210), is averaging 16 yards per catch - a substantial chunk of real estate. The native of New York has 13 receptions for 208 yards and a touchdown.

Jordan, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound sophomore from Massachusetts, leads the Black Knights with 16 catches for 160 yards.

-Josh Harvey-


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