Receiving Strides

West Virginia inside receivers coach Shannon Dawson was generally pleased with the progress his receiving corps made this spring, but depth and numbers are still a concern for the 2011 season.

At the start of spring practice, Shannon Dawson noted that the offense needed eight receivers in order to function at top speed and efficiency. That's a common goal for offenses that spread the field and demand a great deal of running from their wideouts, and it has been one at West Virginia ever since the Mountaineers began running a version of it at the dawn of the 21st century. However, WVU has never reached that mark, and even with the improvement of its corps this year, it still remains short of the total.

That doesn't mean the news is all bad on the receiving front. Dawson has been pleased with the play of Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Tyler Urban, Ryan Nehlen, and lately, J.D. Woods. Injured Bradley Starks also showed ability before he was shelved with shoulder surgery, so the Mountaineers do have a good base to build from.

In this interview, Dawson notes that WVU can put "a good starting group" on the field, but that he's looking for more help, which could come from the current roster or from the incoming freshman class.

Shannon Dawson Interview

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