Senior Mount Union Wide Receiver Josh Liddell has been playing football since the 4th grade and has never stopped loving the game. Liddell played for a small high school in upstate New York where he helped lead them to a state title during his senior year. He started out at quarterback, then moved to running back. Liddell played wide receiver during his junior year in high school. He was named All-Western New York and first-team All-State. As a senior LIddell scored a total of 21 touchdowns, which is the New York stats record. This earned him the James Lofton Award as the best wide receiver in the area.
But Liddell is much more then just your typical college football wide receiver. He is a 21 year old finishing up his student teaching. He has also done everything on the football field that he can to help his team win.
"I have played all over in my college career slot receiver, tight end, h-back, I went in motion and was the lead blocker when our quarterback got hurt for five games," said Liddell. "But I want to play wide receiver where I fit."
Wide Receiver is spot that Liddell would fit in the NFL, and at a recent Pro Day at Mount Union he showed NFL scouts that. He is 6-foot-3, 210-pound and averages low 4.5's in the 40, while previously recording times between 4.42-4.48 at his current size. He also has 33" vertical, sub-4.0 short shuttle and did 15 reps of 225 pounds.
"My biggest asset is that I'm strong and willing to go over the middle. I will go over the middle take the hit and catch the football. I love to go up to the corner on the fade route and out jump the corner back," said Liddell. "I run crisps routes and have the ability to read coverage's and adjust my routes."
"I'm a possession type of wide receiver who has the ability to make the big play. I have always had the ability to make the play on 3rd or 4th down to move the sticks," Liddell explains.
It is a dream of Liddell to make it and play in the NFL and all he feels that he needs is an opportunity to show his abilities.
"Football is just something that comes to me naturally, I'm not nervous, but it is more of a release when I'm on the football field," said Liddell.
The New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengles, Seattle Seahawks, and the Carolina Panthers all have showed interest in Liddell, but it would be a childhood dream to play for the Buffalo Bills.
Liddell, who grew up near Rich Stadium, has always been a big fan of the Buffalo Bills and was a huge fan of Jim Kelly, Andre Reed and James Lofton. While growing up, Liddell would go to the Bills training camp.
"As a little kid I remember going to training camp and I always remember the guys that stayed and signed autographs for the kids. I want to be able to do that and take the time for kids, because that is special for them. I want to make sure that I can give something back," said Liddell.
Liddell is a special wide receiver that is going to make some team very happy that they gave him an opportunity.