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Sorry about that. I tend to ramble on such issues.
Now for the actual player analysis.
What remains of the receiving corps includes Bert Reed and Taiwan Easterling, both young playmakers who shined at moments in the 2008 season but have much potential and room for improvement.
Easterling fell to an Achilles injury during spring camp, but is recovering well and will hopefully participate for the majority of fall camp.
Reed, who was suspended several times last season, has taken a leadership role to keep an oft-maligned group of receivers out of trouble. He has shown improvement over spring camp with a greater amount of reps.
After those two, expect to see some new faces getting more catches.
Jarmon Fortson should be a name to remember. He only had eight catches last year, but should see an expanded role. He has shown potential to be a dangerous deep threat with a 17.1 ypc average. His 6’3” frame could become an asset when compared to the barely 6'0" Reed and Easterling.
Another “smurf” who has shown potential has been walk-on Louis Givens. At 5’8”, he’s not going to be doing much in the way of fade routes, but has shown electric speed and quickness, and his stature adds to his elusive nature.
He is long overdue in the grant of a scholarship, and after this season it will be earned.
Other factors could be seniors Richard Goodman and Rod Owens, but both are currently in trouble with the law and their future is in doubt. Cameron Wade also has several issues to resolve, but should still remain on the team.
With all this uncertainty, count on several members of the Seminole’s top-ten recruiting class on catching a few passes.
Willie Downs was considered the top receiving threat, but after failing to qualify he will have to attend junior college and will likely not play this season. Rodney Smith, a four-star prospect with a 6’6” frame, has the chance to step right into the shoes of Greg Carr as the team’s top red-zone threat.
Expect receivers Willie Haulstead and Xavier Rhodes to factor in as well.
Running back recruit Chris Thompson could see some time at receiver if the coaches choose not to redshirt him, as well as cornerback recruit Greg Reid.
As far as tight ends go, Caz Piurowski will remain the starter. Jimbo Fisher is excited about Piurowski’s potential in an expanded role this season to compensate for the lack of depth at receiver. He will be more of a playmaker this year.
The other tight ends include Ja’ Baris Little and Bo Reliford, who each saw some time on the field last season as freshmen.
Also note that Matt Dunham will be returning on the team for a second chance opportunity, and should see some time at tight end as well as fullback.