DD had a great TD grab in the K-State game. The only passing TD all game i think.
That being said, Lenz will be targeted if healthy because he finds a way to get open in every game. Reynolds can still stretch the field and make ridiculous plays at any given moment. Like most have said, DD dissapoints.
Since JB has been at QB, we have seen a lot more balls to Lenz (when healthy). They obviously have good timing. Gary seems to be a recent favorite target as well.
Money is our deep threat, but it doesn't seem like JB chooses to go deep as much as Jantz did.
And DD is, well, DD. He hasn't been consistent since his freshman year. You don't reward inconsistency with more touches.
I dont understand DD, he had a great freshman year, when he had less around him than he does now. I thought this year with the fact that we had more talent on offense we would revert to freshman form, but it hasnt been the case. Its bizarre, granted better options are going to get more chances so that maybe the case for the regression, but he seems like he has gotten slower over the 4 years, or I guess just not any better, not sure how that is possible after all of the hours put in you are bound to get better I would think and not worse. He reminds me of AA's accuracy, it also seemed to get worse the more games we had a chance of winning. Possibly because we werent getting beat down every game like in his sophmore year so the D had to play tighter coverage, thereby reducing his accuracy. Possibly the same can be said for DD.
Not to pour water on all the negativity but Darks and Reynolds hsve scored 10 TD's between them. All the other receivers( Lenz, Horne,West ,Gary) just 4 TD's.
Both Darks and Reynolds have 851 yds on 61 catches for a 13.9 ave.
The other 4 receivers have 1226 yds on 112 catches for a 10.9 ave.
So even though they have dropped some( as we have seen ) catchable balls in some very "key" downs they have carried their weight.
Now if someone can tell us how many catchable balls they have all dropped for the season then we could have some punches to throw with just proof.
Again its a "TEAM" effort, and some times it seems the effort needs to step up.
I hope they will step up in their last game and gives us all a "GOOD" lasting impression.
Glue-handed receivers are very hard to come by, and after they get that rep, usually get double-teamed almost all the time on any patterns with any depth. That said, it does loosen the defense up for other down-field options.
More times than not, if we get them the ball, they'll all make the play most of time.
Receptions, Darks is 7th
Total yards, Darks is 5th
YPC, Darks is 5th
TD, Darks is 2nd with 3 (Reynolds is 1st with 7, Lenz/Gary tied for 4th with 2 but both of these guys missed multiple games due to injury or suspension)
Rec Yds/Game, Darks is 5th
Iowa State - Cumulative Season Statistics
Anybody watch the Packers game last week, several dropped passes by pro's. It just happens sometimes.
There were numerous drops this season by multiple receivers, and in a possession-oriented passing game, that can be a killer. Some of those drops were partly on the QB, with hurried or off-taret throws — although in some cases the passes were still catchable.
I also agree individual receivers have been inconsistent or have statistics that don't support hype.
Interesting thing is: No fewer than six contributing receivers are mentioned in this discussion: Reynolds, Darks, Lenz, Horne, Gary and West. Most of them had memorable/electrifying/key catches in games ISU won — and with two QBs who split starting time about 50-50.
Look at the previous paragraph — how many times did all of that that occur at ISU in the last several decades?
Interesting note on the stats link. We had more passing TDs (17) than our opponents (16). I would not have guesed that.