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2013 football position by position: receivers

August 20, 2013

As we’re just weeks away from the start of the football season, it’s time to take a detailed position-by-position look at the 2013 EMU football team. This is our time to refresh our memory about returning players, and learn a little about the new faces.

#17 Donald Scott caught a 48-yard pass from Gillett in the first quarter. (Photo by Kenneth Bailey)

Donald Scott is EMU’s top returning receiver. Photo by Kenneth Bailey.

Lost: Alex Gillett, Garrett Hoskins, Dustin Daniels, Nick Olds.

The biggest statistical loss in the receiving corps is Garrett Hoskins, who was All-MAC third team as a junior and All-MAC second team as a senior. In 2012, Hoskins caught 38 passes for 542 yards — each number at least double that of the next-best receiver — and three touchdowns.

Alex Gillett is also a noteworthy loss at wide receiver. His statistics don’t fully reflect his impact as a receiver, because he really only played the position for the last few games, but in that short time he managed 14 catches for 132 yards, making him one of Tyler Benz’s top targets.

Although I believe he has another year of eligibility under the play-four-in-five rule — he missed the entire 2010 and 2012 seasons due to injuries — I think Nick Olds graduated this spring, and he’s not listed on the team roster.

Presumptive starters: Tyreese Russell (TE), junior; Donald Scott, senior; Javonti Greene (WR/RB), senior; Demarius Reed, junior; Dustin Creel, sophomore.

This might be the hardest set of starters to try to guess, because so much will depend on the style of offense Stan Parrish intends to run. Over the past several years the most important consideration for wide receivers was often their down-field blocking ability, but that could change this year. Scott, Reed, Creel, Russell, and Greene are statistically the top returning receivers, and if I had to bet, I’d say that Creel and Russell will see the ball a lot more often this fall.

Backups: Derek Owings (TE), redshirt freshman; Cole Gardner (TE), redshirt freshman; Duwhan Alford (TE), freshman; Quincy Jones, sophomore; Jay Jones, sophomore; Jacob King, freshman; Julius Shelby, junior; Matt Brown, sophomore; Jack Swain, freshman; Austin Stone, freshman; David Gibson, sophomore; Jeff Walker, redshirt freshman; Alex Long, sophomore; Tyler Allen (WR/RB), junior.

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