Replacing Emmanuel Sanders won't be easy

One difficult task facing this SMU offense in 2010 will be finding someone to step into the number one receiver role. There are a number of talented pass catchers on the 2010 roster, but the one that has the most experience and the most potential to replace Sanders is senior Aldrick Robinson.

One difficult task facing this SMU offense in 2010 will be finding someone to step into the number one receiver role. Last season, that role was filled by Emmanuel Sanders who led the team in catches, yards, and touchdowns. However, his departure to the NFL has left fans wondering who will be Kyle Padron's new favorite target.

There are a number of talented pass catchers on the 2010 roster, but the one that has the most experience and the most potential to replace Sanders is senior Aldrick Robinson. Robinson was the number two option for Mitchell and Padron last year with 47 catches for 800 yards and 5 touchdowns. He actually led the team with a 17 yards per catch average, and tied SMU's record for the longest play from scrimmage with his 96 yard touchdown catch against ECU.

Robinson's sophomore year was even more impressive. He tied SMU's single season TD record with 11, and hauled in 59 passes for over 1,000 yards.

The emergence of Sanders the last few years along with inexperienced quarterback play and injuries most likely led to Robinson's drop in production from 2008 to 2009. However, it is easy to see that he has the capability to be a number one for this pass happy team.

When asked about Robinson during spring ball June Jones told PonyStampede.com, "He had the best 15 practices since I have been here. He has really worked hard. He knows what is at stake now."

After Robinson, there are still some capable play makers who have been waiting for this chance to emerge as an every game starter.

Junior Cole Beasley started seven of the twelve games last season and finished fourth in receiving with 40 catches for 493 yards and three touchdowns. Also, three-star recruit Darius Johnson played in four games last season and caught 11 passes, one being a touchdown.

June Jones told FoxSports.com, "I think the production kind of gets spread around, but Darius Johnson will try to fill that spot. He's got some big shoes to fill, but he has the talent and he's learning how to practice. He grew up a lot from the fall to spring, so if he continues down that path I think he'll have a lot of production." Johnson was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team last year and is hoping to live up to his expectations with more playing time in 2010.

SMU has a decent amount of talent to work with this coming fall with these four capable play makers. Although SMU fans won't forget about Emmanuel Sanders that easily, they can still take comfort in the fact that SMU should have plenty of talent catching passes for June Jones this coming fall.

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