2013 Football Preview: Wide Receivers

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Charley Meyer and Aaron Moorehead

Aaron Moorehead has a big problem.  Most of the players he’s going to be depending on have never played in a college football game before.  He may even have to depend on players who have never even played wide receiver before.

I think we’ve preached patience around here a lot this year, and that applies to the wide receivers more than anyone.

Split end: D.J. Coles (r-Sr.), Joshua Stanford (r-Fr.), Carlis Parker (Fr.), E.L. Smiling (r-Jr.)

Flanker: Demitri Knowles (r-So.), Charley Meyer (r-Fr.), Willie Byrn (r-Jr.), Chris Mangus (r-Fr.), Deon Newsome (Fr.)

Meyer, Mangus, Parker, Newsome and Smiling have never played in a college football game before.  Stanford played in one last year before taking a medical redshirt.  Newsome and Parker played some wide receiver in high school, but they were mostly quarterbacks.  Mangus just switched from tailback last week, while Meyer and Byrn are walk-ons (though that status is likely to change soon for Meyer).

That’s nine players on that list who have a chance to help the Hokies this year.  Obviously they can’t play that many guys in the rotation, so this Saturday’s scrimmage is big for those guys who want to contribute this year.

The Top Two

D.J. Coles (#18, 6-4, 234, r-Sr.) is the veteran of the group.  He played well in 2011 behind Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale, but he’s never completely recovered from a knee injury suffered late that season.  He tried to play through it in 2012, but he was forced to redshirt.