Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE
A victim of Ash's inability to get the ball downfield, sophomore wideout Jaxon Shipley still found a way to showcase his diverse talent, despite very meager numbers.
Shipley touched the ball a total of four times Saturday, getting 30 yards on two catches and running the ball once for 10 more. Not much to fawn over, but Shipley did probably have the highlight of the night on a 16-yard reception when he juked a would-be tackler out of his socks and shoes.
Shipley always plays well, but he did drop a pretty solid pass from Ash on the sideline that he had in his hands. Nothing to be alarmed about, especially since he was so solid otherwise, but that is a ball he has to come down with starting in Week 4.
Also hampered by his quarterback's problems with connecting on the deep routes, junior wide receiver Mike Davis did the most with what he was given. He had a solid game despite the story that the statistics tell.
Among the wide receivers, Davis had the highest catch total with three, including a 22-yard catch-and-run where he danced his way from a short gain to an impressive touchdown.
Plays like this are a welcome sign for a player that really struggled to get going last year. There is already a noticeable difference in his effort this season.
Let's hope that Davis keeps this up, because he is one of the few home-run threats in the passing game this season. He becomes even more valuable if he can take attention off of the running backs and Shipley. It is great to see him coming back with a vengeance in 2012.
Similar to his running mates on the outside, senior slot receiver Marquise Goodwin's performance against New Mexico goes beyond the statistics, as he proved his worth in an unlikely area.
On Saturday, Goodwin had a pedestrian two catches for 15 yards. His blocking, however, was anything but pedestrian. He was a man on a mission when blocking for teammates, and had a key block that paved the way for Davis' touchdown.
This is exactly what you want to see from a senior. He was not having a major impact in the passing game, so he took it upon himself to set an example with his blocking.
For the running game to be all it can be, blocking on the perimeter will be essential. Goodwin made himself even more indispensable with his performance in that department.
Put in the starting lineup solely for blocking purposes, the converted defensive lineman was very much in the background Saturday. But as a blocker, that is pretty much the goal.
You would like to see someone emerge as a pass-catcher from this rag-tag tight end group, but Daniels has emerged as the best blocker among the four candidates. Therefore, he has a place on this team. Solid work from him on the whole.