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Tend to agree. From the first day of spring both coaches made it clear this group was probably not prepared for the amount of running that is done by the WR's in this offense. Combine the physical endurance along with Azzanni being a coach who is gonna push them for "exact" route running and it's no surprise we've had some issues.
I look for this group to be much improved by Austin Peay.. As mentioned, DaRick, Patterson, and Hunter "set the bar" pretty high. BUT, even DaRick and Hunter played backup their Freshman year. We do not have the luxury in 2013. And, the 2013 commits will also be pushed to develop early.
300-400 yd passing games will be tough to attain, but not because our WR corp is bad. It will be IMO because we have new QB's working out timing issues with new WR's getting use to "game speed" in front of 102k fans. The need to rotate in multiple WR's with this offense due to various schemes and staying fresh will be a major challenge.
IMO we have a good WR corp (including North, Jenkins, and Smith) who will come around game by game as the season goes on. (think North may even be used like DaRick in his first year to get game experience with a lot of running type plays to go with some passing).
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BUTCH IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. GO VOLS!
You may be right, but Bowles, Croom, and Howard were all four star receivers coming in. If all of them lack the requisite talent to be more than fodder in their careers at UT then there were some poor evaluations made by several coaches and recruiting evaluators. Teams would love to have three four star receivers on the roster. To me, the real issue is experience and North has even less experience at this level than Bowles, Croom, and Howard. I suggest everyone calm down and atleast circle the day after the Florida game to determine, if the WRs are unimpressive. Atleast at that point you have some data from four regular season games. My understanding is that all of these guys, including Cody and Young, have shown glimpses of their talent, so its there. It's up to Azzani to help these guys become consistent. Of course the players also need the experience of playing in real games to measure their development for themselves and work harder to get better. It happened for Rogers and Hunter, in their Sophomore years. It didn't really happen for Zach until his Senior year. We have to have patience, because we have young guys.
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