Wide Receivers returning (7)
Brandon Smith Sr.
C.J. Best Sr.
Jafus Gaines Sr.
Randy Price Sr.
Brice Gunter So.
Demun Mercer So.
P.J. Anderson RS Fr.Returning Stat leaders:
Brandon Smith leads returning receivers with 414 yards and trailed C.J Best in receptions by only one and ended with 36 on the season. Best recorded 37 catches for 355 yards. Departing Seniors: Ben Ijah
Brandon Smith in his senior year, will be the field stretcher for Tyler Jones. With Smith's straight ahead speed, the staff is hoping he will become the game changer he's shown flashes to be. Down the stretch, he and Jones showed to have a great chemistry hauling in 21 catches over the final 4 games.
C.J. Best is expected to resume his role as utility player, as the coaching staff will continue to find ways get him the ball in space. Best's speed and lateral quickness gives opposing coordinators headaches preparing for him. On the ground, he ran for an additional 340 yards on just 36 carries. That was good for 9.1 yards a touch when rushing.
Gamble is unlikely to see playing time as a freshman, but he brings decent height, 4.42 speed and great hands. With younger players like Gunter, Mercer, and Anderson vying for PT, with 4 seniors at the top of the depth chart, expect to see him red shirt. Gamble is rated a three-star prospect by our Scout.com National Recruiting Analysts.Hutchison has the speed and versatility that reminds us of C.J. Best. One direct source has told BI they just need to get him on the field, get him in space, and get him the ball. He boasts sub 4.4 speed and has one of the more impressive offer lists from the 2015 commits. Because of his versatility, he could see the field as a slot or all purpose back. The biggest factor will be how quickly he grasps the system.