2010 Football Preview: Wide Receivers

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Just two years ago, the wide receiver position was the biggest weakness on
the team. The Hokies played all freshmen at receiver in 2008, and as a result it
was perhaps the weakest position on any team of the Beamer Bowl Era. Two years
later, things are a lot different.

Wide receiver is a difficult position to play as a true freshman, thanks to
the complex passing games of modern football. When an entire receiving corps is
made up of freshmen, along with a true sophomore quarterback, then you know the
offense is going to struggle.

That’s what happened to the Hokies back in 2008. Danny Coale, a r-freshman,
was the elder statesman of the group. Dyrell Roberts and Jarrett Boykin were
true freshmen, and Roberts had never played wide receiver until he got to
Blacksburg. This group had a lot to learn, and they had to learn on the job.

We saw them steadily improve last season, and by the end of 2009 they were
part of an efficient operation with quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Now experienced
juniors, these guys should be ready to perform at a high level from the
beginning of the season. A trio of sophomores adds quality depth to the wide
receiver position as well.

Receiver Depth Chart
Jarrett Boykin (Jr.) Danny Coale (r-Jr.)
Xavier Boyce (r-So.) Dyrell Roberts (Jr.)
D.J. Coles (So.) Marcus Davis (r-So.)
Corey Fuller (Jr.) Austin Fuller (r-So.)
E.L. Smiling (Fr.) Ben Barber (r-Fr.)