2013 Spring Blitz: Receivers

The Frogs kick off their first spring practice in less than 24 hours. HornedFrogBlitz.com breaks down the receivers and what to watch for this spring.

WIDE RECEIVER ROSTER
The Frogs lose one of the top receivers in Frogs' history with the departure of Josh Boyce. But, they return quite possibly the most athletic set of receivers in the Patterson era, led by junior Brandon Carter(pictured).
Player
HT
WT
Class
Bradon Carter
5-11
161
Junior
Cam White
6-3
200
Junior
Ladarius Brown
6-4
220
Sophomore
David Porter
6-0
195
Junior
Josh Doctson
6-4
185
Sophomore
Kolby Listenbee
6-1
185
Sophomore
JaJuan Story
6-4
208
Sophomore
Deante Gray
5-10
180
Sophomore
Matt Brown
6-1
189
Junior

Returning Statistical Leaders
Receptions: Carter; 36
Yards: Carter; 590
Yards per catch: Carter; 16.4
TD: Carter; 6

UNIT RANKING: A

STRENGTHS: Depth, size and speed
WEAKNESS: Overall production


Brown scored 5 TD in 2012
I do not think there is much argument that the wide receiver position is a spot of great depth for TCU. The Frogs lose two solid contributors in Josh Boyce and Skye Dawson, but TCU will add five more receivers that were not active members of the roster last season.

The biggest question for this corp is who will emerge as a go-to receiver in the absence of Josh Boyce. Brandon Carter is one candidate as he caught 36 passes a year ago including seven scores. Another candidate is Cam White, a 6'3 junior, who has the speed and size to be elite, but consistency will be his biggest key. Perhaps Ja'Juan Story or Josh Doctson step up to fill the void as well.

The competition between the receivers on the roster will be intense in Spring practice as not all 12 receivers can play 30 plays per game. If Casey Pachall earns the starting quarterback job, TCU is likely to throw a good bit more in 2013 than 2012. The Frogs threw the ball just 44 percent of the time in 2012 with Trevone Boykin starting a majority of the games.

TCU may have one of the deepest receiver corps in the nation, and expect the Frogs to utilize those receivers by throwing more often in 2013.

What to watch: The play of the transfers

Josh Doctson and Ja'Juan Story may be the two receivers who are most difficult to read heading into Spring practice. Frog fans have not seen them in uniform, and Gary Patterson has been quiet for the most part regarding their development. Story has great size at 6'4, and Doctson caught a TD against TCU for Wyoming two years ago. Both are talented, but can they beat out the ten other talented receivers on the roster for playing time?

Breakout player: Cam White


White should have a breakout spring
White is 6'3 with plus speed, Boyce is a good candidate to replace Josh Boyce's production on the outside. The key for White--don't try to be Josh Boyce. White needs to let his play speak for itself. TCU has plenty of talent to make up for Boyce's production, but they can do it by committee. Expect White to take a big step forward from his 21 receptions last year. White was impressive averaging nearly 14 yards per catch, and he will stretch Big 12 defenses with his vertical speed and quick burst.

Keep an eye on:

It took Gray about a quarter to show Frog fans his explosiveness last season. Gray took a punt back for a touchdown against Grambling State and brought back memories of Jeremy Kerley doing so. Gray is moving from defense to offense, and he could be a great weapon for TCU in the slot. Brandon Carter, Kolby Listenbee, and Ty Slanina will compete with Gray for playing time, but keep an eye on Gray during Spring practice. How quickly he is able to get up to speed with the offense and quarterbacks may determine his position on the depth chart heading into the fall.


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