Terrelle Pryor’s number one target is junior DeVier Posey. The first team Preseason All-Big Ten Team caught for 828 yards and eight touchdowns last season. The 6’2” 213lb receiver will be a challenge for Canes’ number one cornerback Brandon Harris. Another dangerous weapon for Pryor is wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher who caught 570 yards last season for six touchdowns.
The Big Ten has always been known for their tight ends. And Ohio State has a real star in the making in redshirt sophomore Jake Stoneburner. This 6’5” 245lbs monster was the 120th national recruit coming out of high school (Rivals.com). Stoneburner played sparingly his first two seasons in Columbus because he was playing behind Jake Ballard. But with Ballard’s graduation Stoneburner steps in as the starter. The Canes struggled several times last season against opposing team’s tight ends (i.e. Clemson & Wisconsin) and will need to watch out for Stoneburner.
Miami receiver Leonard Hankerson led all receivers last season with 801 yards and six touchdowns. Hankerson decided to return for his senior year instead of entering the NFL Draft last May. And how do you think he feels about that decision? Well after catching for 115 yards and two touchdowns against FAMU, I’m guessing he is feeling pretty good about that decision.
Hankerson has the chance to become a first round pick in this year’s NFL Draft if he plays to his potential. After Hankerson, the Canes have receivers LaRon Byrd, Travis Benjamin, and Aldarius Johnson who are all proven players.
The problem for the Canes is at the tight end position. Fifth year senior Richard Gordon really hasn’t done much in his time at UM and is unfortunately the only returning veteran. First year JUCO transfer Chase Ford has been compared to former JUCO transfer and Canes star Jeremy Shockey, but his play on the field will determine whether the comparisons are worthy.
The Canes get the nod at wide receiver, but the Buckeyes have the advantage at tight end.