1. Syndric Steptoe, Sr.
1. Mike Thomas, So.
2. Anthony Johnson, Jr.
2. B.J. Dennard, Jr.
3. Bobby McCoy
3. Eric Sheehan
WHAT WE KNOW:
*Mike Thomas and Syndric Steptoe are the team's only sure thing at receiver. The two slot receivers are sure handed and can make the occasional big play.
*Steptoe had the best performances in the three scrimmages. He was the only receiver to eclipse 100 yard for the three outings.
*The team does not have a proven deep ball threat.
*Anthony Johnson has gained more confidence and looks to be a decent possession receiver for the team.
*Eric Sheehan made the most of his opportunity. In the only pass thrown his way the non-scholarship receiver got behind the defender and raced 52 yards to set up a score.
WHAT WE DON'T KNOW:
*Can Bobby McCoy contribute? He's starting to develop a football body after being a track guy previously but he still isn't consistent.
*Can they stretch the field? Steptoe and Thomas cannot be counted on to make all the deep plays.
*Where is B.J. Dennard? Coaches are pleased with his progress but he still has not lived up to his potential. Can he continue to develop by next fall?
*Can the Cats catch lightning in a bottle twice? Thomas was a pleasant surprise, can another freshman do it again?
WHAT WE THINK:
*Johnson will remain a reliable target that the Cats try to get matched up on smaller DB's. He may never be a superstar but the shakiness he showed early last season is a thing of the past.
*One of the freshmen, our guess is Reece, will be a factor sooner rather than later.
*Turner will likely redshirt.
*The loss of Mike Jefferson will be addition by subtraction.
*If he wins the back-up corner spot, don't be shocked if incoming freshman Michael Turner does not line up occasionally at WR.
*There will be a lot less drops than there were a year ago when every close loss had at least one key fourth quarter drop.