The biggest thing I get out of this writeup is how poorly our WRs that Herman inherited fit into his system. All he has done since he got here is try to get these small waterbug WRs and hopefully they fit better into the offense.
A few tall guys that have decent vertical jump would be nice for some fade patterns or jump balls. While this would be nice, it all starts with the right QB. Look at Baylor. They get a guy in Griffin who can play a little and it draws talent to go around him in just a little easier. Hard to get those top receivers if you don't have a guy who can get them the ball. Maybe one of the three we have is the guy...I don't know. I'll be optimistic until they prove me wrong.
All this speculation is fun, but I'm excited for the college football season to get here and banish Nascar, NBA, NHL and MLB from my TV set and to get my rear back in my seat at JTS to root on the Clones.
FYI, in 2006 PH caught 34 passes and avg 12.6 per catch. LM caught 2 passes, RC was mainly a special teams player and he caught 4 passes. 2007 PH caught 59 and avg 14.5 per catch. LM 37 and RC caught 8. You have to remember that PH was also carrying the ball from the backfield more in 2007. He added 83 rushes along with his 59 catches. In 2008 PH had 40 catches and 70 rushes. LM had 38 catches and RC had 18. Both of PH's went down as the other two increased. That's just more balance in the offense. I get your point but, my point was, neither one really opened up the receiving zones for him. He was a big play guy well before they were contributing in receptions.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we don't need 6'2"> receivers. I'm just saying, in the spread, they don't necessarily open downfield zones for the smaller guys by commanding attention....unless they have Michael Crabtree like talent. I do agree with Tazclone that theoretically bigger wideouts should block better than the smaller guys. However, most of the time they are blocking 6'0" or <corners and safeties, not LB's. The spread game is designed to block the smaller/quicker guys (CB's and S's) on edge and run away from the typically bigger/slower guys (DE's and LB's). So the 6'0" guys "should" be able to block efficiently on the edge but having a bigger guy out there "should" make it better.
Like I said, it isn't that smaller guys can't block but the bigger guys have an advantage with longer arms, more size, and usually more physical strength. And they can take on LBs if need be. Not claiming that it happens every down. Sometimes we play teams that don't go nickel (Iowa) so recievers are in fact lined up against LBs and will have to block them.
In the end, I think it is nice to have a good blend of receivers.
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