By JJ Perez
UTSA continues to have talented group of wide receivers. Led by brothers Kerry Thomas and Josh Stewart, the group had solid production in 2016. What is expected this spring and in 2017?
Does a true #1 receiver emerge?
Josh Stewart broke out on the scene last year with his big-play ability. His brother, Kerry Thomas, continued his steady contribution. But besides these two, the WR production was up and down last season. No other wide out recorded more than 400 receiving yards. Will a true #1 receiver emerge from the group or will production continue to be by committee?
Five players combined for 2,000 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns last season. That group included Thomas, Stewart, Brady Jones, Marquez McNair, and JaBryce Taylor. Those players were responsible for 75% of the production in the passing game. Of the group, only JaBryce Taylor has graduated. Taylor’s 2016 production: 21 receptions for 207 yards with two touchdowns. That production should be able to distributed among Thomas, Stewart, Jones, and McNair. But what about improvement? Does a leader in the group emerge? The likely answer is no. UTSA’s offense doesn’t demand a true game-breaking wide out. UTSA has enough talent and skill in several of the WR positions to get things done. Overall as a group, the WR group is solid and should be able to replicate what they did in 2016. Thomas and Stewart should continue to lead the way with Jones and McNair contributing in the slot. Another player to watch this spring is Dannon Cavil. The former Oklahoma transfer came to UTSA several years ago. Hampered by injuries last season, Cavil had little impact. He has the potential to emerge as a contributor. It’s also important to note that UTSA signed two WRs as part of the 2017 recruiting class. These players won’t arrive until after spring practices. However one player, Tariq Woolen, has the potential to jump into the two-deep depth chart next season.
PROJECTED SPRING DEPTH CHART
Starting WR (X): Josh Stewart
Starting WR (Z): Kerry Thomas
Starting WR (H): Brady Jones, Marquez McNair
Backups: Larry Stephens, Dannon Cavil, Greg Campbell, Peyton Hall
Other Reserves: Blaze Moorehead, Matt Guidry