Unit Analysis: Wide receiver

Posted: August 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

The wide receiver unit is going to be interesting this year.  With Terrence Mitchell and Sterling Griffin both transferring, the Bulls will be relying on some young receivers to step up and come up big for the passing offense.

2012 wide receiver depth chart:

David Aristil – 6’1” 184 lbs. – Senior – No stats recorded

Jimel Atkins – 6’3” 217 lbs. – Redshirt freshman – No stats recorded

Andre Davis – 6’1” 207 lbs. – Sophomore – 46 receptions, 534 yards, 6 touchdowns

Chris Dunkley – 6’ 180 lbs. – Redshirt sophomore – 4 receptions, 93 yards, 1 touchdown

Jordan Duval – 6’2” 219 lbs. – Redshirt sophomore – No stats recorded

Ruben Gonzalez – 6’3” 202 lbs. – Sophomore – Missed season with wrist injury

Sterling Griffin – 6’ 194 lbs. – Redshirt junior – 2 receptions, 43 yards, 1 touchdown.  Missed most of year with ACL tear.

Derrick Hopkins – 5’5” 160 lbs. – Redshirt junior – 19 receptions, 278 yards, 1 touchdown

Clinton Jones – 5’9” 160 lbs. – Freshman – No stats recorded

Victor Marc – 5’11” 220 lbs. – Senior – 21 receptions, 233 yards

Terrence Mitchell – 5’10” 164 lbs. – Junior – 31 receptions, 414 yards, 1 touchdown

D’vario Montgomery – 6’5” 204 lbs. – Freshman – 6 receptions, 65 yards

Alex Mut – 6’3” 191 lbs. – Freshman – Took redshirt

Jonny Sitton – 5’8” 175 lbs. – Junior – No stats recorded

Deonte Welch – 6’ 202 lbs. – Redshirt sophomore – 18 receptions, 183 yards

The players that left after the season was over:

David Aristil – Graduated

Sterling Griffin – Transfer

Victor Marc – Graduated

Terrence Mitchell – Transfer

Jonny Sitton – Left team

The incoming wide receiver class for 2013:

Zach Benjamin – 6’4” 187 lbs. – 3-stars

Returning wide receivers for 2013: 

Jimel Atkins – 6’3″ 206 lbs. – Sophomore

Stephen Bravo-Brown –  5’11” 178 lbs. – Redshirt junior

Andre Davis – 6’1″ 202 lbs. – Junior

Chris Dunkley – 6′ 180 lbs. – Redshirt junior

Jordan Duval – 6’2″ 216 lbs. – Redshirt junior

Ruben Gonzalez – 6’3″ 199 lbs. – Redshirt sophomore

Derrick Hopkins – 5’5″ 158 lbs. – Redshirt senior

Clinton Jones – 5’9″ 152 lbs. – Redshirt freshman

D’vario Montgomery – 6’5″ 200 lbs. – Sophomore

Alex Mut – 6’3″ 190 lbs. – Redshirt freshman

Deonte Welch – 6′ 206 lbs. – Redshirt junior

The wide receiving unit is a little thin entering the year and lacking in experience.  Sterling Griffin (missed most of 2012 with the ACL injury) and Terrence Mitchell (was suspended from team before season started) are both gone, taking away two of the most experienced receivers the Bulls had coming back.  Andre Davis is the big time threat on this unit, but after him, there are questions.  Chris Dunkley, who had been suspended from the team since last year, is back, but is he game ready and how much of an impact can he have?  D’vario is a big, talented young man, but only has 6 career catches.  After him, the depth chart gets a little thinner.  Deonte Welch and Derrick Hopkins have experience, but Welch has seldom used last year and Hopkins, aka “the flea” is a little small to be an every down receiver (or slot).

A lot of unknown and unproven receivers will have to step up and help get defenders’ attention this season so Davis isn’t triple covered.  Some names to watch are Ruben Gonzalez, who missed last year, and Alex Mut, who are both big frame targets.  Even Benjamin, the incoming freshman, could get a chance as well.

Overall grade: C 

It’s another low grade and I am sure a couple fans will be upset, but face the facts.  Mitchell was a big time component last year and Griffin was an experienced receiver, now both are gone.  Davis is the go-to man, but there is a lot of talent that has yet to develop and has to quickly for this passing game to improve for the Bulls.  I can see Montgomery putting up a lot of numbers this year, but the others have to step up.  Dunkley, Gonzalez, Welch, and others have to rise up and help Davis in the passing game.

  1. CO Bull says:

    Realize this is a young group but call me crazy, I feel like this group could be be a strength in this year’s offense. We haven’t seen full seasons from guys like Ruben, Deonte, Chris, D’Avario but I felt like these guys had flashes of real potential last year that could give these guys a B+ or A- by the end of the season.

  2. mstaton says:

    It could easily move up to that position, but the lack of proven talent is worrisome for me. Gonzalez, Deonte, Dunkley, etc. are all talented, but it hasn’t come together yet and trying to grade his based on potential, it can’t be done. At the end of the year, I’ll come back and regrade the units and will probably give this group a B or even higher.

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