Mocs by position: UTC returns four at wide receiver

Mocs by position: UTC returns four at wide receiver

July 27th, 2016 by Gene Henley in Sports - College

UTC's C.J. Board carries as Furman's Aaquil Annoor approaches at Finley Stadium on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

Photo by Angela Lewis Foster /Times Free Press.

STRONG QUARTET

Four guys — current seniors C.J. Board and Xavier Borishade and juniors James Stovall and Alphonso Stewart — combined for 110 catches, 1,439 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

Stewart's production was limited by a nagging injury from which he never fully recovered, but he was still a threat when he played, making a couple of big catches to seal the win over VMI.

Board and Borishade are consistently standout pass-catchers, while Stovall came on strong in the absence of Stewart. His hands are among the best on the team.

WHO'S NEXT?

Sophomores Dejuan McQuarters, Bingo Morton and Wil Young showed flashes in limited playing time during the 2015 season. They, along with Riley Davis and Kota Nix, are among the "next wave" of players who have what UTC coach Russ Huesman calls "potential" to be playmakers.

The staff brought in freshman Joseph Richard, who could redshirt this season and is expected to help the program more starting in 2017 after the losses of Board, Borishade and Davis.

STRENGTHS

The main strength comes in the first four.

Stewart and Stovall have great size to play the slot position in the Mocs' offense, while Board and Borishade have breakaway speed and are used in a variety of ways on the field. The four accounted for 61 percent of the catches, 70 percent of the yards and all but one of the touchdowns scored in the passing game last season.

WEAKNESSES

There is a lot of depth in terms of bodies, but are they ready?

Huesman said he would "play with the first four" if he'd had a game to play during the spring, indicating he is looking for somebody to take that next step in reaching potential.

The offense could look different this season with new quarterback Alejandro Bennifield — a more natural passer than his predecessor, Jacob Huesman — taking over, and there will be plays to be made in the passing game. More players are going to have to be ready to make them.

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