Season In Review: Wide Receiver & Tight End

Looking back at the WR and TE positions for the Utes in 2014

The Stats
Kenneth Scott: 48 Rec, 506 yards, 10.6 ypc, 4 TDs
Kaelin Clay: 43 Rec, 523 yards, 12.2 ypc, 4 TDs
Westlee Tonga: 30 Rec, 391 yards, 13 ypc, 4 TDs
Dres Anderson: 22 Rec, 355 yards, 16.1 ypc, 4 TDs
Tim Patrick: 16 Rec, 177 yards, 11.1 ypc,
Delshawn McClellon: 7 Rec, 98 yards, 14 ypc, 1 TD
Andre Lewis: 1 Rec, 45 yards, 1 TD
Siale Fakailoatonga: 2 Rec, 33 yards, 16.5 ypc
Jameson Field: 1 Rec, 17 yards
Dominique Hatfield: 1 Rec, 9 yards

The Breakdown
What looked to be one of the biggest strengths on the team, and maybe the biggest coming into the season, turned into a bit of a disappointment. Not everything was on them as the quarterback play was often poor and the emergence of Devontae Booker had the Utes running the ball more than most anticipated, but things were not up to par with the receivers. Drops. Drops. Drops. The dropsies returned early in the season and were a HUGE reason for the loss against Wazzu, highlighted by Dres' wide open drop down the field that surely would have been the difference. All of the promise for Anderson never materialized as he struggled at times and then went down midway through the year with an injury, ending his Utah career. Kaelin Clay wasn't immune either as he had his fair share of balls go off of or through his hands throughout the year. Mostly forgotten for the first month of the season, the junior college transfer closed it out as the number 1 target for Wilson, coming up with plenty of clutch grabs. Unfortunately for Clay, he may be remembered most for the touchdown that wasn't against Oregon and turned into a 14-0 swing. Kenneth Scott returned after missing about 98% of last season and led the team in catches. He didn't look as explosive as in year's past, but turned into a reliable threat later in the season once others started falling due to injury. Tim Patrick took over a starting role in October, due to his sure-hands and blocking ability, but a gruesome injury against USC cut his season short as well. Delshawn McClellon emerged later in the year once he got an opportunity and showed that he can be a deep threat. Westlee Tonga was a more than serviceable tight end this year for Wilson and company, often being used as an emergency valve. Could have had 50+ catches this season if Wilson had seem him wide open time and time again and thrown the ball his way. Only 2 catches out of Fakailoatonga? I'll eat crow here as I said he'd lead the tight ends in grabs. Swing and a miss. Concerning stat: Utah had only 1 catch out of a freshman this year (Field) and only 11 catches total out of underclassmen. Even with all of the injuries, the youngsters either aren't getting enough of a chance or aren't producing.

Reason For Optimism in 2015
Scott comes back and should be a year healthier, with full confidence in his body. McClellon's late season flashes is an option as the deep threat guy next season. Patrick returns, and if healthy, could be a 40+ catch guy. Fakailoatonga is back and should be a bigger part of the offense. There are a bunch of young speedsters on this team oozing with talent. If they can make strides in spring ball, hopefully the Utes will be able to put more speed on the field in 2015.

Reason For Concern in 2015
Dres. Gone. Clay. Gone. Tonga. Gone. Those are three of your top four options from last season. Kenneth Scott doesn't scare people much anymore and has turned into a possession guy and jump ball threat, but still a good one. Tim Patrick may not be the same after his gnarly injury. McClellon had only 1 catch against Power 5 teams not named Colorado. With so much inexperienced youth from a group that under-performed last season, maybe new blood is a good thing. Maybe not. Time will tell. Oh, and Utah still doesn't have a quarterback that has shown that they can consistently get the ball to his receivers. That might be the biggest issue.

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