Gronkowski will be backed up by sophomore A.J. Simmons, who had 2 catches for 11 yards last season. Don’t get used to seeing too many backups out there for Gronkowski as the guy is a horse who can play every down of every game. The Cats recruited some great young talent including Jack Baucus from
The Cats lose one of their most prolific receivers in
The Cats return Delashaun Dean, Terrell Turner, Devin Veal, Chris Gronkowski, Juron Criner, William Wright, David Douglas, David Roberts, and Tyler Lyon last year’s squad. Dean caught 53 passes for 593 yards and hauled in 4 touchdowns. Turner was his twin catching 43 passes for 580 yards and 1 touchdown. Chris Gronkowski hauled in 4 touchdowns. He only had 8 catches all season though meaning he was always in the right place at the right time. Look for Turner and Dean to start at the speedster spots, with the Juron Criner and Devin Veal backing them up. The Cats are loaded with returning wide receivers (sans Mike Thomas). Whoever our QB is this year should have plenty of targets to hit.
The Cats recruited lightly in the WR arena for 2009, adding Travis Cobb from North Carolina, and Dewayne Peace from Grand Prairie, Texas. Look for Cobb, with legitimate 4.3 speed, to be an immediate player on kick off and punt returns. if he can get the blocks, he will be gone in a heartbeat. Peace may be standing in line this year, waiting for his chance to come. Redshirt possibility? I think so.