July 27, 2006

Big 12 strong at receiver

While Texas A&M has a talented, experienced and deep group of receivers, not every team on its schedule has that luxury. Most teams, however, do have at least one or two difference makers at the position.

Then, of course, there are the air-it-out bombing teams in the Big 12 conference like Texas Tech and, more recently, Nebraska. Loaded isn't quite the word to get the full description of the receiving corps in Lubbock, and the one in Lincoln is starting to gain steam.

Others have the potential to be extremely potent, like the group of receivers at Texas and Oklahoma, but lack the experience to garner pre-season accolades - although that can be a moot point for both teams by the time A&M faces them in November.

The Citadel

Junior Ta'Mar Jernigan returns after leading the Bulldogs with 359 yards and five touchdowns on 40 receptions in 2005, but Kinta Palmer, The Citadel's second-leading pass catcher, graduated.

Mark Wigal, third on the team in 2005 with 202 yards through the air, is also gone. The Bulldogs will look to senior Rontreal Tyler, who was third on the team in receptions with 29, to pick up the slack.

Sophomore Joshua Haney will most likely be the third receiver for The Citadel, a team that doesn't go to the pass all that often anyway - as a team the Bulldogs averaged just 125.2 yards through the air a game in 2005.

Louisiana - Lafayette

The Ragin' Cajuns find themselves severely inexperienced at receiver after graduating 55 of their 108 receptions from the 2005 season. Even though inexperienced, the talent at receiver has many in Lafayette buzzing.

Sophomore Derrick Smith had 250 yards and two scores on 22 catches in 2005 and he will be looked upon to lead the young group. Senior Corey Fredrick is the elder statesman of the corps, and his 21 catches for 293 yards in 2005 makes his the receiving leader heading into 2006, but he didn't participate in spring drills to focus on academics.

That left the door open for sophomore Jason Chery, who is being counted on to provide the Cajuns with a solid third receiver. Junior Jordan Jackson will also see plenty of playing time.

Army

The Black Knights are breaking in a new quarterback, whoever that may turn out to be, and a new option scheme, so it should be okay that Army is thin at receiver.

But the top two receivers from 2005 do return in senior Walter Hill and junior Jeremy Trimble. Hill caught 34 passes for 410 yards and two touchdowns while Trimble caught 41 passes for 529 yards and four touchdowns. Junior Corey Anderson should also be a factor in the passing game.

The receiving corps should be the strength of Army's new look offense. Now if they can find someone to get them the ball.

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