Working through these position groups I’m constantly struck by the depth we have at several spots, most spots for that matter. Well, WR might have the most depth of any position on the team, and that’s really saying something. At this point I think LB probably takes it, but WR ain’t far behind.
The likely starters at WR are seniors Mohamed Massaqoui (Munson’s favorite last name…Mass-a-kwa!) and Kenneth Harris who has emerged from Fall practices as a solid option. After his solid freshman year and somewhat ragged sophomore campaign, Massaqoui bounced back last year with a solid effort, making some key big plays. While he’s not really a pure deep threat, he’s nevertheless developed into a consistent option and seems to have a connection with Stafford. Opposite him will be Harris, a larger, more physical WR who hasn’t yet seen big results born out on the field. He certainly doesn’t have the deep speed of the guy he’ll be replacing (Sean Bailey) but he does bring significant size and decent athleticism.
Behind those two experienced starters will be a large field of potential contributors, each bringing their own particular skills or talents to the table. Kris Durham is currently listed behind Harris on the depth chart. Given his status as the lone white receiver on the team, he’s pretty much assumed to be the “possession” receiver who doesn’t have deep speed. Actually Durham has pretty solid speed and presents a great target at 6-5. He’s still lanky but has made great strides at filling his frame out. On the other side is the phenom, freshman AJ Green. Green is a freakish blend of size, speed and hands but his best trait might very well be his coachability and willingness to practice hard. Normally I’d be worried about a true freshman taking over a spot this high on the depth chart this early but Richt’s comments about him have been very straightforward and eye-opening. I fully expect him to have a big year. He doesn’t have Randy Moss level speed (who debut he does possess incredible body control for a receiver his size and could emerge as a true stretch the field type deep threat, which, coupled with an arm like Stafford and a ground game with the likes of Moreno, is a welcome addition.
The depth chart kinda loses form around there, with several different players legitimately vying for PT. Tony Wilson brings speed and some shiftiness to the game. He’s struggled with injuries but looked ready to break out last year during the Vandy game. Mike Moore had a breakout G-Day but in two non-redshirt years has yet to really make an impact. Could this be the year? Israel Troupe dodged an injury bullet earlier to his arm and after a redshirt year is ready to add his speed and overall athleticism to the mix. Walter Hill was ready as a more dynamic Kenneth Harris but is out with an injury for a few weeks and is missing key reps in the meantime. “Other” freshman Tavares King hasn’t received near the hype of Green but is a special player in his own right. He compares very favorably to Sean Bailey in terms of size and skillset. The somewhat forgotten man of the group is senior Demiko Goodman who has off and on battled injuries his whole career. At times over the past few years he has emerged for 1-2 game stretches as a #1 receiver type talent. If he can bring that talent consistently this group becomes scary deep indeed.
At TE we’ve got a 5th year senior stud in Tripp Chandler. After a rough outing in Tuscaloosa, Chandler really came through the rest of the season and with defenses keying on other parts of our O, Tripp could have a big year. Very big. Behind him is the blocking machine that is Bruce Figgins. He’s the prototype blocking TE and he showed off some decent hands last year, catching a TD in his first career game. Behind those two is a developing pass catch threat in Aron White. Still a bit undersized to be an every down TE, White will provide a matchup issue for defenses a la Ingram at UF. He’s got receiver skills in a frame that’s pretty close to Randy McMichael…if he pans out like that I think we’d all be pleased.