February 10, 2010

Coach Samuels talks wide receivers

Central Michigan had been without a wide receivers coach for months since former WR coach Zach Azzanni left to take over the same position at Florida. Once Dan Enos was hired as the new head at CMU, bringing in a top notch wide receiver coach was a major priority, and he filled that key role with Terrance Samuels. Samuels is a former four year letterman as a wide receiver at Purdue and had previous coaching stops at Nebraska-Omaha, Southeast Missouri State, and most recently, North Dakota State where he was their wide receivers coach.

As one of the first hires on Enos staff, Samuels was thrust right into the role as recruiter at CMU and his diligent work on the recruiting trail has netted CMU some talented newcomers at the wide receiver position. Inkster (MI) teammated Deon Butler and Jonathan Taylor join preferred walk-on Billy Myler as the new additions and Samuels shared his thoughts on CMU's new crop of wideouts.

"They vary. I mean you got some size and you got some small guys with speed," said Samuels. "We should be able to take advantage of some mismatches, both inside versus linebackers and outside on small corners."

In future recruiting classes, Samuels made it very clear what type of skills he is looking for.

"I wan athletes. I want athletes that have real good ball skills. The speed and everything, I can teach you to be technicians, the speed you want, you can recruit that, but I want guys who want to learn the craft. The athleticism, timing and rhythm, that's what I covet at the wide receiver position. We have to see their tape and see how they play the ball, but first and foremost they have to be athletes."

In addition to CMU's talented newcomers, the Chippewas also return a very skilled group of receivers that many thought was the team's deepest position last season. Some of that depth took a hit when junior Antonio Brown declared for the draft, but players such as junior Kito Poblah and freshman Cody Wilson have playing experience and should be key players next season.

"Well of course we're going to miss the guy that's leaving, I mean really two of them, both of them had a lot of production. But like I said, I'm looking forward to these guys and just seeing what they can do. So, I can't wait for spring ball, ask me what I really feel when we go through spring ball and I can actually see these guys go through the process. At the wide receiver position, it's not something I can just have a few drills and process, it's something where you really have to spend time with them on the field doing their job."

It will be up to Coach Samuels to continue the tradition of talented wide receivers at Central Michigan as the Chippewas look to replace arguably their top two WR's in school history.

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