February 16, 2007

Which receivers will spread the field?

There are plenty of questions about who will play at quarterback and running back for Minnesota in 2007, but there is no such drama at the receiver position. With the spread offense coming to Gopher Nation there should be plenty of passes for all of the returning members of the receiving corps. The only questions are who will line up at what spots and who will become the go to receiver in Mike Dunbar's explosive offense.

Returning Starters: Ernie Wheelwright and Eric Decker

The Contenders:

Senior Ernie Wheelwright is possibly the biggest enigma in college football today. At times he makes unbelievable plays and at others he drops balls that most high school freshman would catch. He is a big play receiver who could be one of the most dangerous weapons in the Big Ten if he could keep his concentration his check. If the new staff can find a way to get Wheelwright focused then maybe he will finally live up to his true potential.

Sophomore Eric Decker emerged as a viable threat and a reliable target for Bryan Cupito in 2006. Decker knows how to use his size and strength to his advantage. Unlike Wheelwright he does not have problems making the simple catch. He has good speed and can get down field, but is not the fastest player on the field. Decker should have no problem improving on a strong freshman year.

Sophomore Mike Chambers flew under the radar compared to the rest of the receiving corps last season, but he was solid in his Gopher debut.

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