GEP Season Preview: Wide Receivers

There is no shortage of talent at the skill positions in Hattiesburg this year. At no position is that more apparent the Wide Receiver. This group is arguably the most talented group of receivers since the days of Todd Pinkston and Sherod Gideon. Today talked to Coach Wyatt about his group.

There is no argument about who leads this group from a talent standpoint. That is the sophomore sensation Deandre "Touchdown" Brown. Last year, as a freshman, Deandre put up mind boggling numbers before a gruesome injury sidelined him at the beginning of the New Orleans Bowl.

The one good thing about Deandre's injury is the time of the year it happened. He has had plenty of time to let his broken leg heal and inching closer to being 100% for the start of the season.

"He is doing great" said Coach Wyatt "He is moving around well and every day he is getting more comfortable with it and in a short time he should be back to 100%."

Behind Deandre, USM is loaded with capable receivers that should be able to get the job done. One of the guys that has stepped up is Freddie Parham.

"He has had a great Fall Camp, arguably the best camp on the team" said Wyatt "His energy and his playmaking skills have been great for our offense."

Johdrick Morris and Quentin Pierce have also been showcasing their ability over the course of the offseason and Coach Wyatt is excited about what those guys will bring to the table.

"We have some outstanding depth at the Wide Receiver position because of guys like that and they have been really competitive" said Wyatt.

Jordan Mcnair got the redshirt last year, but he should see a significant increase in playing time at USM. He has incredible speed, but he is also starting to develop the other aspects that go along with being a receiver.

"He has developed into a great full time Wide Receiver and he has developed the intangibles that is going to let him challenge for some playing time."

One guy that the fanbase is excited about is the electric Mujahid "Mookie" Assad. His lightning speed is something that Hattiesburg has been buzzing about since his arrival on campus. Coach Fedora actually had a few comments about this guy's ability at receiver.

"I was a little worried that we were going to have to get the track out of him" said Fedora "but I will be honest with you, I was very surprised about his physicalness and he doesn't get mind getting after it."

USM was hoping that JUCO transfer Justin Jordan would be on campus by now, but the Golden Eagle signee is still looking to get out there.

"We are on a day to day situation right now with Justin" said Wyatt "There are a few things that need to be finished academically and with the Clearinghouse, but we are looking forward to getting him here on the football team."

With the offense that Fedora has installed at USM, talent at Wide Receiver is an absolute neccesity and the this year's group will not disappoint as long as Deandre is healthy. If Deandre is anything close to what he was last year this could be a special team. Austin Davis should be a happy man this fall.

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