Air It Out

<STRONG>Look at 2005's WRs</STRONG>

This past season, the state of Arizona was able to witness some of the best playmakers at the wide receiver position in recent memory.  Some that come to mind off the top of the head; the acrobatic catches of Chris McGaha, the abilities of Mekell Wesley in the open field, the toughness of Jon Stalcup going over the middle, or the all around game of Jack Darlington.  McGaha, Wesley (San Diego State) and Darlington (Nevada) are sure fire division one kids; in our opinion some school will get a steal if they take a look at Stalcup.  With that being said, the question becomes who is coming back, who can take the reigns.  Here is a look at some of the senior talent that might be up for the challenge.

 

From a statistics standpoint the top returnee in Arizona is Ironwood's Skylar Hagg (1st Team All Region).  Last season Hagg lead the Eagles with 41 catches for 726 yards, averaging over 17 yards a carry and reaching the end zone 5 times.  Taking over for Stalcup over at Sunnyslope is super quick TJ Campbell (2nd Team All Region).  Campbell put up some really impressive numbers considering that he was the #2 wide out for the Vikings.  How does 29 Catches for 572 yards and 6 scores sound for a #2 guy!  Also, Campbell is a dynamic return man; his numbers should double next season.  Down South, Sabino returns a dandy in Cody Harshman (1st Team All Region).  Last season Harshman contributed to the Sabercats playoff team with 26 catches, 434 yards and scored 4 times.  Harshman should see plenty of single coverage as teams will try and stack the box to stop Glyndon Bolasky and the Sabino run game.  Over at Agua Fria, Nick Martinez (1st Team All Region) returns and is ready to have another solid campaign.  As a junior, Martinez hauled in 46 catches for 578 yards and 4 TDs.  He also doubles as an outstanding corner for the Owls.  Look for Greenway to bounce back next season as they return several playmakers, one of those playmakers is Dave Hofmann (1st Team All Region) who had 518 yards on just 25 catches for the Demons last season, averaging over 20 yards a catch.  In coach Mike Brown's aerial attack, look for Hofmann to top those marks as a senior.  At Sunrise Mountain, Curt Sweeney (2nd Team All Region) returns for his senior season.  Junior numbers: 32 catches 546 yards and 7 scores averaging over 17 yards a catch.  Sweeney also doubles as a return man and should be a major factor in '05.  Tony Paul (2nd Team All Region) from Deer Valley returns and he will try and keep teams from stacking the box to stop Austin Gaysue.  Paul led the Skyhawks last season with 34 catches, 548 yards and 6 TDs.  Up north, look for Prescott's Todd Citron (2nd Team All Region) to build on a solid junior campaign, last season Citron hauled in 17 catches for 323 yards averaging 19 yards a catch. 

 

Others to watch going into the off-season and passing league competion.

 

Rodney Jankans- Apollo

Matt Smith- Brophy

Jacob Mayfield- Buckeye

Soloman Buckhanan- Buena

Manny Solarez- Cactus

Jacques Miniefield- Camelback

Jordan Powell- Canyon del Oro

Vince Coleman- Chaparral

Jesse Wheeler- Coolidge

Blaine Irby- Corona del Sol

Casey Shreiner- Corona del Sol

Phillip Martinez- Desert View

Trevor Arvayo- Douglas

James Brooks- Flagstaff

Alex Groh- Fountain Hills

Chris Miranda- Peoria

Tim Echeverra - Pueblo

Paul Mallory- Westwood

 

*Please note: We tried to highlight senior players, look for articles regarding underclassman in the future. 


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