JHoo’s Summer Reading: Wide Receivers

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I feel like I am on a bit of a roller coaster right now. One article about a position with a lot of questions marks. One article with very few question marks. And now? The wide receivers. You want to guess into which category this article is going to fall?

Ironically, the wide receiver position might have fallen into the “few question marks” category were it not for the injury suffered by Kevin Ogletree , but that is like saying that I might be taller were it not for the fact that I am not taller. The probable loss of Ogletree – a true difference maker – has a trickle down effect on the whole wide receiver corps, with the pieces just not fitting together as well. How the staff addresses the issue – and who if anyone steps up – will have a major impact on UVa’s offense for the 2007 season.

The Starters

Maurice Covington is a lock to start this fall. Who will be opposite of him?

Maurice Covington and someone else. How is that for going out on a limb?

Unfortunately in one respect, the conversation still has to start with Kevin Ogletree . Simply put, on an offense in desperate need of playmakers, Kevin Ogletree is a playmaker. A hard worker that is big, fast, and fluid, Ogletree can create separation with his speed and subtle changes of speed during his route, as well as with explosive acceleration. Ogletree’s hands are good, though he can drop the occasional easy one, purely a concentration issue that I expect to see him put behind him as he continues to become a bigger part of the offense. With Jameel Sewell as the quarterback, moreover, that is almost a certainty, as Ogletree clearly developed into Sewell’s favorite target last year (much to Deyon Williams ‘ consternation