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Wide receiver depth was a problem for Virginia Tech last season, and it could potentially limit how much the offense improves in 2015.
Let’s break down the number of snaps and catches by returning Tech wide receivers last season…
- Isaiah Ford, So., 6-1, 180: 884 snaps, 56 catches, 709 yards, 6 TDs
- Cam Phillips, So., 6-1, 196: 681 snaps, 40 catches, 498 yards, 3 TDs
- Demitri Knowles, r-Sr., 6-1, 177: 56 snaps, 3 catches, 55 yards
- Kevin Asante, r-Sr., 6-0, 189: 13 snaps, 0 catches
- Joel Caleb, r-Jr., 6-2, 200: 67 snaps (at tailback), 6 catches, 61 yards
- Deon Newsome, r-So., 5-11, 186: 81 snaps, 7 catches, 19 yards
- Charley Meyer, r-Jr., 6-1, 215: 0 snaps
- Jaylen Bradshaw, r-Fr., 6-0, 188: 0 snaps
- CJ Carroll, r-Fr., 5-7, 163: 0 snaps
As you can see, the Tech coaches didn’t trust any of the backup receivers a year ago. Let’s add the numbers up for all the backups: 217 snaps, 16 catches, 135 yards. That’s being generous, as some of those numbers belong to Joel Caleb, who played tailback last season. Demitri Knowles got plenty of work in 2013, but he took a big step...
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