Thursday, July 17, 2014

Position Profile: WR

Watching receivers like Jeff Ashley and Brenton Bersin take up their role in a triple option offense was always a highlight of Saturdays past. As those teams saw run-heavy QB Mitch Allen's leadership, and the rising of rushing attacks such as Eric Breitenstein and Donovan Johnson, the role of the pass in Ayers' system can be overlooked.

If you saw any situational plays (a third and short, for example) that were infinitely a staple of the hard-nosed offensive gain system that brought everything from a short two-or-three yard pickup to double-digit chunk yard gains, you would have probably noticed that a favorite target of Mitch Allen would have to be the end-around to Brenton Bersin.

The Charlotte, N.C. native finished up his Terrier career with 1,567 receiving yards, averaging over twenty yards a catch. He signed a free agent deal with the Carolina Panthers in 2012, and is hoping to further his NFL career this season, joined in the Panthers organization by recent Wofford graduate Kasey Redfern (P/K).

Junior WR Will Irwin led the returing
recievers with 220 recieving yards.
Screenshot taken from ESPN3
This season, we have some relative depth in the WR spot, mainly highlighted by returning junior Will Irwin.

After a quiet freshman year, Irwin hauled in twelve receptions for 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns last season. The 6'2'', 195 lb. receiver from Land O'Lakes, Fla. was second only to Jeff Ashley in last season's receiving stats.

Another junior, Wade Francis, made his presence felt last year as well, recording 120 yards on six catches, and Nick Colvin was an additional target, although he only saw four catches, good for around thirty yards.

Paul Nelson and Logan Christian add some more depth to the roster. Nelson saw action in a single game last season, while Christian wasn't played.

The Terriers are also adding two freshmen to the mix, R.J. Taylor of Lexington, Ky., and Fleming Island, Fla.'s Bryce Motes.

Taylor's speed and presence on the field, solidified by experience on the other side of the line of scrimmage, will be a big plus on the roster for years to come.

Motes is another great multi-tool reciever that will only add to the cause of our receiving game, which is growing more and more important in our traditionally rush-based offensive style.

We also have another option, Hunter Windham, who was redshirted during his true freshman season in 2013.

Overall, as one of the strong spots for our team, the WR slot has a lot of young talent, that will turn into a huge presence as they grow and mature in the program, while still holding on to some veteran power for the time being.

[Some statistical data courtesy]

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