2009 Louisville Football Positional Preview: Wide Receivers
If Louisville Cardinal Football fans are looking for some hope in a team with low expectations, this is it. The wide receiver position is by far the position with the most experience and most depth.
Louisville returns all of its starters at wide out, and this veteran group will be looked upon as leaders of this Cardinal football team.
Overall I would give this group a B, and they will need to play well and stay healthy if Louisville is to have any success. Here is a breakdown of who we can expect to see on the field catching touchdowns:
No. 27 Douglas Beaumont (5'9" 183 lb, Jr.)
A local product and my former basketball teammate from Louisville Male High School. Last season Beaumont was Louisville’s leading receiver. He finished the year with a team high 62 receptions for 750 yards. He also ranked fourth in the Big East in catches and yards per game average.
Beaumont averaged 12.1 yards per catch and 62.5 yards per game receiving. Douglas also recorded back-to-back 100 yard receiving games last season against the Kansas State Wildcats and Uconn Huskies. He started all 12 games as a Sophomore and became the go to guy for quarterback Hunter Cantwell.
He is a sure handed receiver who comes up big in key situations such as third downs. He will be the go to guy for the Cardinal quarterbacks. He is a tough kid for his size and does not shy away from contact.
He will deliver a blow when he has to and looks to get the tough yards after catch. Look for Beaumont to be the leader of the receiving corp again this season and put up big numbers for the Cardinal offense.
No. 84 Scott Long (6'2" 214 lb, Sr.)
Scott Long looks to have a monster season in his final year at Louisville. He is coming off of a promising yet disappointing year in 2008 in which he showed flashes of dominance. Long’s 2008 campaign started late as he missed the first four games of the season due to a broken bone in his foot.
He finally returned to action against Memphis and tied for a team high with three receptions in that game. In just his third game back, Long had a career best day against South Florida. He registered five catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Cards to an upset victory over the ranked Bulls.
Long’s season was cut short however as less than a week later he would tear his ACL in practice, ending his season. He finished the year with 11 receptions for 201 yards in just three games of action.
In 2007, Long made an appearance in all 12 games including seven as a starter. He finished his junior year with 27 receptions for 358 yards which ranked fourth on the team.
Long has proven that when healthy he is a tremendous offensive threat. He has great size and speed and will be used in deep ball situations.
He has improved his ball catching ability since his freshman and sophomore seasons, and has really turned into a great receiver. Look for Scott Long to put up some career high numbers this season which will be huge for this Louisville football team.
Others Who Will See Some Major PT
No. 3 Trent Guy (5'9" 165 lb, Sr.)
Trent Guy had a courageous 2008 season as he recovered from being shot in the back during the summer. Guy is a triple threat receiver who can run routes, catch passes, run the end around, get some big yards, and also return kickoffs.
Guy finished the season with 14 receptions for 216 yards and one touchdown. His 216 yards receiving was good for fourth on the team. He also had nine rushing attempts for 104 yards which is good for 11.4 yards per carry.
His yards per carry average was the highest on the team, and his 104 yards ranked third. Guy led the team in kickoff returns as he fielded 13 of them for 324 yards. He averaged 24.9 yards per return and ran back a 95-yarder against Memphis for his only score of the season. He appeared in just nine games due to various injuries.
Guy also saw action as a Sophomore in 2007 appearing in all 12 games. He recorded 11 catches for 177 yards and two scores. He also rushed four times for 49 yards, returned 13 punts for 93 yards with a TD, and returned 30 kickoffs for 671 yards and a score.
As a freshman in 2006, Guy returned 10 punts for 74 yards and a touchdown, as well as five kickoffs for 71 yards.
Guy is a speedster that will be used in a variety of situations. His presence on the field keeps the defense on its toes because he is so versatile.
He is a sure handed pass catcher and a very smart player that knows how to find the open space. Look for Guy to have his best season as a Cardinal and it will be needed if Louisville is going to put points on the board.
No. 11 Josh Chichester (6'8" 240 lb, So.)
Last season Chichester saw his first action in a Cardinal uniform after red-shirting the 2007 season. He finished second on the team in receiving with 30 receptions for 341 yards and two touchdowns. He had a career high with 64 yards receiving on five catches and a touchdown against West Virginia.
Before coming to Louisville, Chichester was ranked as the 36th best wide receiver in high school.
Josh has some improvements to make coming into his sophomore season. He had a hard time catching the football last year as he had numerous drops. He is a very athletic receiver with tremendous size and speed.
He will be used in jump ball situations where the quarterback will throw it up and let Chichester go get it. He has the ability to be a big play deep threat if he can just hang on to the ball.
Those Seeing Limited Action
No. 21 Troy Pascley (6'2" 198 lb, Jr.)
Pascley saw his first major action in a Louisville uniform last season due to the injuries of Scott Long and Trent Guy. Troy finished the year with 12 receptions for 252 yards and four touchdowns. His four scores ranked first among Cardinal receivers as did his 21.0 yards per catch average.
In 2008, Pascley recorded his first career catch and touchdown. He missed four games in the season due to injury.
Pascley should see a diminished role this season as long as Scott Long and Trent Guy stay healthy. He will be used as a fifth option at receiver and has a lot of improvement to make.
He had some issues with dropped passes and miscommunication on routes during last season that he needs to work on. Pascley has the potential to become a solid receiver if he works at it.
No. 88 Andrew Robinson (5'9" 191 lb, Sr.)
Robinson is a local kid from Louisville’s Manual High School. He has not seen much playing time in his four years as a Cardinal. Last year he recorded his first reception and finished the year with seven catches for 71 yards.
He is very undersized and just cannot measure up well enough to defensive backs in order to make an impact. He has decent speed and if he is in the open has the ability to turn in a big play. Robinson will see limited action again this season as he looks to improve in his last year.
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