A quick glance at the wide receivers

Williams brings senior leadership

Arizona is deep at wide receiver, but the unit still has a lot to prove. They are on their fourth coach in the last 18 months, but can hopefully build some stability under new position coach Charlie Williams. There are a lot of bodies, with a lot of potential on the roster. They are in an offense that spreads the ball around, so there should be a number of happy Wildcats.

Position Coach: Charlie Williams
Returning Starters: Mike Jefferson (4 starts), Biren Ealy (10 starts), Ricky Williams (5 starts), Syndric Steptoe (2 starts)
Starters Lost: Lance Relford (8 starts, graduation)
Top Reserves: Anthony Johnson, Ryan Eidson
Newcomers: Juan Valentine (return to team), Bobby McCoy (HS); Gerold Rodriguez (HS)
Other Departures: none

Ealy should be the go-to guy, but could miss some time early in the season with a leg injury. Ricky Williams was a favorite target of Heavner last season. Now that he's healthy, the senior is poised for his best season, in this his last. Jefferson had a huge spring and could live up the hype he had out of high school. Eidson and Steptoe are both undersized, but are among the fastest players on the team. Juan Valentine took last year off with an injury and a personality conflict with the prior staff. He had a great spring and shot up the depth chart. McCoy and Rodriguez will both have a chance to play right away, but McCoy may have the inside track. Tight end Brad Wood was a wide out last season at Pima CC, but could play wide receiver if needed.

2004 DEPTH CHART

NAME

YEAR

HT

WT

HOMETOWN

SPLIT END

1

Biren Ealy

JR

6-3

195

Houston (Cypress Falls)

2

Juan Valentine

RS-SR

6-1

190

Houston (Tyler CC)

3

Anthony Johnson

RS-FR

6-2

200

San Diego (Horizon)

FLANKER

1

Ricky Williams

RS-SR

6-2

211

Los Angeles (Verbum Dei)

2

Syndric Steptoe

SO

5-9

185

Bryan, TX (Bryan)

3

Mike Jefferson

RS-SO

6-2

203

El Paso, TX (Parkland)

4

Ryan Eidson

SO

5-10

160

Moraga, CA (De La Salle)

2003 STATS

PLAYER

 REC

 YDS

  AVG

 TD

Biren Ealy

42

577

13.7

4

Ricky Williams

36

563

15.6

2

Mike Jefferson

16

218

13.4

2

Syndric Steptoe

9

77

86

0

Ryan Eidson

2

41

20.5

0

NOTES:
The Wildcats return all but one contributing receiver from last year and Lance Relford was injured the final four games…Coaches and players routinely say that Eidson and Steptoe are among the fastest players on the team and Anthony Johnson is not far behind…For Ricky Williams, Charlie Williams is the fourth position coach he has played under…The Cats will use three and four receiver sets, so there should be plenty of playing time…McCoy and Rodriguez were both high school sprinters…Johnson's brother played in the NFL and served as his high school coach…Eidson is a walk-on who saw the field as a true freshman…Valentine re-joins the team after sitting out last season…JC transfer Brad Wood is slated to play TE, but was a wide receiver last season at Pima CC.

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