February 18, 2009

Unit No. 6: Wide Receivers

Duck Sports Authority continues its pre-Spring coverage with a look at the 2008 units and how they stacked up against each other. Coming in at #6 in the 2008 ranking was one of the two groups that had its position coach replaced in the off-season: Wide Receivers.

Summary B- This unit did not have the kind of productivity they were capable of having this year. It wasn't entirely their fault. With the quarterback position in flux early in the season, the passing game wasn't going to be effective at times regardless of this position's play. Still, too many dropped opportunities by the group were part of the reason why the quarterbacks were so quick to tuck and run early in the season rather than having patience with the play.

Unit MVP: Terence Scott

Terence Scott emerged from a group of talented but largely untested wide receivers to become the group's most steady hand his senior season. Quietly surpassing Jaison Williams as the go-to guy, Scott led the team in receiving compiling 751 yards, tied for first in receiving TD's with five, and had the longest TD catch of the year with his 76 yard scamper against OS. Scott also ran for 128 yards and a TD.

Best Game: Arizona State The wide receivers had several top performances to choose from but the Arizona State game stands out because the wide range of contributors. Terence Scott had five receptions for 60 yards and a TD, Jeff Maehl had five catches for 36 yards, Chris Harper five catches for 85 yards and a TD, Aaron Pflugrad had two for 18 yards, and Jaison Williams and Aaron Pflugrad each had a twelve yard catch.

Consistency: 8th of 8

This is not a good ranking in this category, and when you look at this unit's grades you see they were all over the place. Basically the group got better grades when they caught the ball and bad grades when they dropped it and blocking downfield was more a less a constant in the plus column.

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