The wide receiver situation for the Cowboys is far from settled.
With the 2008 recruiting class chock full of speed and athleticism and last year's returning players bringing much-needed experience, starting jobs are on the line.
UW wide receivers coach Ron Wisniewski said he's excited to see how the situation will play out.
"We have a pretty solid group of returning guys, and it'll be a challenge for the incoming freshman to play next year," Wisniewski said. "But they'll have that chance."
With a core of pass catchers that includes Greg Bolling, David Leonard and Chris Johnson—all of whom saw action last year—the incoming class will have its work cut out for it. Wisniewski, however, did single out one particular receiver who he thinks will step up and compete immediately.
"One of our three wideouts is Donate Morgan," he said. "I expect him to do the things he needs to do to be a starter next year."
Morgan, a 5-foot-11-inch 185-pound junior, is a former walk-on from St. Joseph's College that transferred to Wyoming in 2007. He practiced with the team last season but was forced to sit out of competition due to NCAA transfer rules.
An interesting prospect comes to the Cowboys in the form of James Caraway. Caraway played running back, corner and kick returner for Highland Park High in Topeka, Kan. and has been clocked at a blistering 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Wisniewski plans to use that speed and convert Caraway to a receiver, calling him "one of the most explosive and versatile players in Kansas this past year."
With the departures of senior running backs Wynel Seldon and Devin Moore looming over the Pokes after the coming season, however, Wisniewski said Caraway could go back to his original position.
"After our two senior running backs graduate, if the need is for him to play running back next year, then he'll take some reps at running back."
The third receiver among the 2008 recruits is Justin Morgan, a 6-foot-2-inch 180-pound player from Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago, Ill. Morgan will join four other Cowboys from Mt. Carmel H.S. on the current roster: Donate Morgan (no relation), Mark Oliver and Keith Lewis.
"He's a big physical receiver. He's a guy that attended our camp this summer, so we got to work with him," Wisniewski said. "We were just very impressed with his skills and what he did."
While the statistics and film on the recruits impressed the UW coaches enough to offer them a roster spot, it will all come down to performance on the field in practice, said Wisniewski.
"They'll come in at fall camp, and if they're in the two-deep [rotation], they'll travel and be part of the team. If not, they'll redshirt," he said. "Only time will tell."
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