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His name is rarely mentioned when discussing WRs. The same story applies to Josh Smith.
I am really looking forward to seeing how the WR battle shakes out. There isn't a single position where we have starter penciled in. It's crazy to think about, considering who we lost from last year, but we may be a year away from having the best WRs in the country AGAIN. Look at these names..
Doesn't that blow your mind? The first 7 names on that list have star potential IMO and what if we sign Josh Malone? HOLY SMOKES
Ryan Jenkins is the most underrated recruit we signed last year.
I don't think anybody has forgotten about the new recruits. It's more about seeing who steps up from the current guys to fill these roles. The current WRs have some game experience and we need them to learn the system and use that experience to lead the Freshmen! IMO.
I agree and for me it's because of his route running. I'm more interested in having a WR who runs precise routes and catches everything than having a guy that's 6'4" and runs a 4.4 forty. The 6'4" guy may have more highlights, but the precise route runner will generate more first downs. I'm not comparing anyone to this guy, but take Jerry Rice for example. He was clocked at 4.7 in the combine and was never credited with being any faster than 4.5, but because of his precise route running and sticky hands, he is the best WR of all time.
The good news is that we don't have to choose between the route runner and the physical freak. With North and Jenkins, we have both. Add Pig into the mix, and we have a nightmare for opposing defenses.
The only outside WRs we have who have game experience are Carter and Dallas. With all due respect to each player, they are only serviceable options. I agree that we need our upperclassmen to lead our youth, but assuming they all learn the playbook, playing time will go to the players that create the most seperation, catch the most balls, and block the most DBs.
I think because we recruited him to play the same position where Pig and Devrin play, both who seem to have adapted well. The outside spots are most intriguing.
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I'd only add that conditioning will also play a part in determining who will see significant PT. JMO, a WR that can perform at a high level for the duration of a 15-20 play drive in a fast-pace offense —without succumbing to fatigue—will be more valuable than a more gifted player that cannot. Said differently, if an extremely talented player has to regularly come out after 6-9 plays, he will not see much PT b/c he not only kills any momentum, but also allows for the defense to sub fresh players.
I believe most of all, Jenkins is a terrific scheme fit. Precise route runner in the short and intermediate game...with a compact body type.
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i think paul harris and north will be the big freshman ,that can step up in there first year
remember those 2 names or at least by mid season if not before then.
Jenkins popped up and committed so quickly there near the end of last years recruiting cycle that I didn't look much into him, beside glad for the star power and hype. I heard the guys on the Drive interview his dad today and I was really impressed. If he's half the kid his dad thinks he is (not a bad bias IMO) then we got a good one for sure. Also glad the guys in the know think he's a great scheme fit.
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