Four Downs 2009 – Better Reception?

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With graduation in the rearview mirror and only a handful of Cavalier teams still playing, the long wait to football season is about to slow to a crawl. But don’t fret Hoo fans, The Sabre has you covered. While JHoo’s Summer Reading series is visible on the horizon, Editor Kris Wright will help ease your summer pangs as well with a periodic series of “Four Downs” articles. The first installment of four football thoughts features the receivers.

Dontrelle Inman

Find Dontrelle Inman . I remember fall training camp of Dontrelle Inman ‘s freshman year. He was the talk of camp, catching anything in his neighborhood, flashing speed, and running good routes. He had a good story too – a rise in recruiting after a strong junior year playoffs and UVa sticking with him after an LCL injury shortened his senior season.

Inman immediately found a way to contribute that fall by hauling in 17 receptions, which tied for second among receivers that season. Entering the 2008 season, it seemed like big things were possible for Inman with some spread sets on offense and strong-armed quarterback (and close recruiting class friend) Peter Lalich at QB. Even JHoo suggested that Inman’s potential was exciting:

“In comparison, while he has yet to haul in a game-winning touchdown pass, Dontrelle Inman is a receiver who in my book has number one potential. Again, it starts with the physical skills: Inman is a big, strong receiver with great jumping ability and better speed against defensive backs than he appears to have. Early in camp last year, Inman impressed as being a player that just expects to be on the field making plays, an attribute you love to see in a receiver. Combine that with plus hands and a pretty good feel for routes for