Starter Split End Patrick Sprague 6-1 191 | SR Mountain Brook, HS, Birmingham, AL.
Patrick is a smart, savvy performer ready to be the senior leader of the receiving corp. Sprague needs only 38 receptions this season to crack the Top 10 list of Furman receivers. Sprague Outlook: Look for Sprague to greatly improve on last seasonâs numbers; 481 yards and two touchdowns. Sprague will see plenty of action in 2007 but he will share playing time with R.J. Webb.
Backup Split End R.J. Webb 6-2 202 | SO Pickens, HS Pickens, SC.
RJ could be the moneyman for the Paladins this season, Webb has the athletic ability to make the short pass into a big gain. Webb Outlook: Webb should put up some impressive numbers this season, in yards and touchdowns. The challenge for the Furman coaches is to find as many ways as they can to get the ball in RJâs hands. Furman has many offensive options this season but if the Paladins are looking for a big play, heâs the man.
Reserve Split End Tate Zeigler 5-11 175 | SO Greenville, HS Greenville, SC.
Tate played his high school ball catching passes for Jordan Sorrells. Zeigler is a walk-on but his showing in the spring game might just get some playing time this season.
Starter Flanker Ryan McKie 5-11 192 | SR Hillcrest, HS Simpsonville, SC.
Ryan is an underrated receiver, when you need the tough yards he will get the ball. McKie Outlook: Ryan has big shoes to fill replacing Justin Stepp, but Ryan is more than capable of making a big catch in a game. He also has deceptive sprinters speed. Mims, and Williams will push Ryan for paying time.
Backup Flanker Adam Mims 5-9 183 | FR Spain Park, HS Birmingham, AL.
Mims made the team last season as true freshman but he broke his leg in the third game of the season against UNC. Mims Outlook: Mims has the ability to make a big impact this season. Mims is a burner with fast feet. Mims should allow Furman to stretch opposing defenses but he also brings the same abilities that Webb can. The ability to run after the catch.
Backup Flanker Keiron Williams 5-11 188 | SO Eastside, HS Taylors, SC.
Keiron missed the entire 2006 season with a fractured foot. I really didnât know what to expect of Keiron this season, but after seeing him play in the pre-season scrimmages he can big a contributor this season. Williams Outlook: Williams will be a vertical weapon in the passing game this season. I keep saying this over and over but Webb, Mims, and Williams have the ability to take any catch to the house. Should be fun times for Gray and Sorrells.
Reserve Flanker Joe Watson 5-11 180 | SR Greeneville, HS Greeneville, TN.
Joe is a tuff as nails possession type receiver. I hope he gets into the rotation of receivers this season. Joeâs also a solid special teams player and that âs where he could be counted on the most.
Redshirts: Sederrick Cunningham 5-11 188, Zephyrhills, FL. Sederrick reminds me of Issac West. In high school he did just about everything, playing quarterback, defensive back, and wide receiver, he also returned punts and kickoffs. Look for Cunningham to be in the rotation next season. David Hendrix 6-4 190 Buford, GA. David is a tall athletic receiver that caught a lot of balls in high school on a run oriented team. Both of these guys will play a role in giving Furman some amazing depth at receiver in future seasons.
Receiver Outlook: This will be an interesting cast of receivers to watch. They are experienced, and very talented, but the depth is young. They also have to stay healthy, if they do this group of receivers will produce. The 2007 group will be very good but I canât help but look into the future seeing a rotation of Webb, Mims, Williams, Cunningham, and Hendrix. Grade B.