2012 Football Preview: Wide Receivers

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Logan Thomas is a projected first round pick, but it’s hard for even first rounders to be effective without a quality group of receivers around them.  Thomas loses Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin…will their replacements be able to step up?

You can divide Tech’s receivers up into two groups: the known and the unknown.

The Known

Virginia Tech has three talented senior receivers who have a lot of experience.  It’s tough to say how good they are going to be this year, because they have spent their entire careers playing behind Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale.  In 2012, they’ll finally get their time to shine. Marcus Davis and Dyrell Roberts offered up their thoughts at Saturday’s press conference, which you can see below.

Marcus Davis (6-4, 232, r-Sr.): 54 catches, 874 yards, 16.2 ypc, 8 touchdowns

Marcus Davis has been a quality #3/#4 type of receiver for Virginia Tech over the past two seasons.  With D.J. Coles not 100%, Davis will likely be Tech’s #1 guy in 2012, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he leads the team in receiving.

Every year many Tech fans ask the same question: will this be the breakout season for Marcus Davis ?  If you ask Davis, only one thing has prevented him from breaking out thus far.

“The only thing I think that has separated me [from having a breakout season] is playing behind two great receivers,” Davis told the media on Saturday.

Perhaps he’s right.  Davis has great size, very good speed and strength, and he’s an excellent jumper.  He caught 30 passes a year ago, and it’s easy to see that number going up to around 50 this season.  He’s got to work on his concentration when catching the ball, and his awareness around the sidelines has to get better, but overall Davis is such an impressive athlete that he will beat many defensive backs on sheer talent alone.

D.J. Coles (6-4, 226, Sr.): 39 catches, 507 yards, 13.0