Spring Blitz: Wide Receivers

With the Horned Frogs beginning spring ball on Feb. 24th we continue to get an early look at individual position battles and how each position we at HornedFrogBlitz.com feel will turn out. Today, we take a look at the Frogs' talented receivers.

ROSTER
1. Josh Boyce | 6-0, 203 | Redshirt junior
2. Skye Dawson | 5-10, 175 | Junior
3. Brandon Carter | 6-0, 175 | Soph.
4. Cam White | 6-2, 190 | Soph.
5. David Porter | 6-0, 200 | Soph.
6. Ladarius Brown | 6-3, 220 | Redshirt freshman
7. David Bush | 5-9, 180 | Redshirt freshman
8. Kolby Listenbee | 6-0, 175 | Freshman

2011 STATS (Returners)
Boyce | 61 receptions, 998, 9 TD
Dawson | 45 receptions, 500 yards, 5 TD
Carter | 23 receptions, 352 yards, 3 TD
Porter | 7 receptions, 109 yards, 2 TD
White | 6 receptions, 90 yards, 0 TD

Unit Ranking: B+

Although the receiving corp is young, they are also very talented. The headliner of the group is Boyce, who fell just two yards shy of the 1,000 yard mark in 2011. Boyce is a threat from the outside or from slot and will likely be moved around again in 2012 to create mismatches. Dawson had his best game of the 2011 season in the Poinsettia Bowl when he hauled in 4 catches for 85 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the Frogs 31-24 win over Louisiana Tech. While Boyce and Dawson led the team in catches and yards, Carter's play against Boise State won't soon be forgotten.

The best quality about the receivers is the youth and overall athleticism.

Who fills the void left by Hicks and Jones?

With the loss of Antoine Hicks and Jonathan Jones, playing time at outside receiver is there. Obviously Carter proved to be a threat from outside as a true freshman, but like Boyce, he can also be utilized inside at slot. Two names to watch for are Brown and White. Brown arrived to TCU last summer slightly overweight but he has really toned up and is a solid muscle 220-pound receiver. There hasn't been a bunch of receivers walking around TCU with that kind of frame in recent years. Brown came to TCU with high expectations as the highest rated recruit from the 2011 class. He did have good moments in the fall and proved that he can be an elite outside threat. The redshirt year helped him trim down and add speed and best of all, keeps him on the roster for an extra year.

White opened his college career with 2 catches against Baylor in the 2011 season opener. However, he hauled in just 4 passes the rest of the season. He did have a 54-yard reception against New Mexico which displayed his speed. White is another threat on the outside with his 6-2 frame and 4.38 speed.

Slots are a strength.

It's hard to believe that Dawson is already entering his senior year, but it's good to have an experienced player at the position. Dawson creates mismatches with any safety or linebacker, and he should as one of the fastest players in college football. With youth around him, this could be the first spring that Dawson is solely utilized as just a receiving threat and not much of a runner on reverses. While Dawson is the headliner, keep an eye on David Porter. The sophomore hauled in 2 touchdowns as a true freshman and showed the knack of creating space on his routes. In fact, Porter may be the best route runner on the team and owner of the most reliable hands. Porter and Dawson will likely be the starters at slots during spring but another player to watch who can also create mismatches is David Bush. Like Brown, Bush could've seen playing time last year as a true freshman but the Frogs needed to spread their wealth of receivers into different classes. Bush isn't the biggest, but he could be the quickest player inside. He was another player who was impressive in the fall that will see a lot of playing time this season.

Another freshman to watch

Although he played quarterback in high school, Kolby Listenbee will see the field at TCU as a wide receiver. Well, he will at least split time at receiver while the coaches allow him to get some reps also at quarterback. What are his strengths as a receiver? Well, for starters Listenbee turned in one of the best SPARQ scores at "The Opening" last summer. While most were talking about Daje Johnson's scores, Listenbee quietly made it into the top ten with a very good performance. Among the reasons he made the top 10; a 4.41 forty. During the week he was in Oregon, Listenbee also worked as a receiver when the 7-on-7 took place and the word from fellow recruits was Listenbee excelled at the position. While his heart may be set on quarterback, adding his skills to the receiving corp is a big, big plus.

Spring predictions
- Brown will get plenty of work with the 1's
- White will ALSO get plenty of work with the 1
- Starters after spring camp; Boyce, Dawson, Porter, Carter


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