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Ohio Football Spring Practice Position Spotlight - Wide Receivers

Ohio Football Spring Practice Position Spotlight - Wide Receivers

Gone: Brendan Cope, Jerrid Marhefka 

Returning: Elijah Ball, Willie Cherry, Isiah Cox, Steven David, Markel Davis, Hunter Edwards, Keevon Harris, DL Knock, Bryan Long Jr., Andrew Meyer, K.J. Minter, Cameron Odom, Matt Seymour, Tyler Tupa, Andrew Vu, Papi White

Arriving: Jerome Buckner (class of '18 signee), Darfnell Gouin (early enrollee, class of '18 signee), Shane Hooks (class of '18 signee)

Analysis

Ohio returns three out of its four top receivers from last season including Papi White, who, although he missed four games with an injury, led Ohio with 36 catches and 631 yards while scoring three touchdowns and averaging a team-high 17.5 yards per catch.

White has been a home run hitter for Ohio since moving to wide receiver and was a second team All-MAC selection at WR and a third team selection as a kick returner. White led Ohio with 71 punt return yards averaging 8.9 per return.

Also returning are Andrew Meyer and Cameron Odom who rounded out the top four receivers for the Bobcats last season along with graduated senior Brendan Cope. Meyer had 35 catches for 483 yards and two scores while Odom had 20 catches for 308 yards and three touchdowns.

Elijah Ball will also return after missing 2017 with an injury but should factor into the starting lineup in the fall. DL Knock and Matt Seymour also saw action on the field last season and should provide some depth at the position with their roles likely to increase this upcoming season.

This spring along with White, Markel Davis has been a bright spot for the group with Odom, Ball and Meyer missing most of the spring with injuries. Davis led Ohio in the spring game with 53 receiving yards and had the longest catch of the scrimmage, 45-yards. Davis and White have made some fantastic catches during the spring which have really stood out during practices. 

Ohio also has a young crop of long, athletic receivers who will be pushing for time on the field this fall. Keevon Harris, K.J. Minter, Isiah Cox, Willie Cherry and Hunter Edwards have shown some real talent this spring and will likely find some role in Ohio's offense or on special teams this fall.

Ohio also has an interesting crop of slot receivers who will be pushing for time in Bryan Long Jr., Tyler Tupa, Andrew Vu and Stephen David.

The Bobcats will also have three true freshmen in the group this fall. Darfnell Gouin is already on campus and will be joined by Shane Hooks and Jerome Buckner in the fall.

Quote from Dewayne Dixon – Assistant Coach/Wide Receivers  

"I have been looking for improvement from certain guys, Keevon, Markel and K.J. Minter have stepped their game up a little bit. Matt Seymour has shown some things that he is able to do to help our team. Tyler Tupa has really shown that he has made some improvements and strides towards what we want to get done. Bryan Long has got more yardage than anybody in the scrimmages so that has been a plus and a nice deal for him to show he is capable of helping us. Isiah Cox has made some improvements being a former running back and return guy and not playing wide receiver he is showing that he is starting to get it a little bit and understand what we need and showing some more intensity and concentration on the ball. The veterans that have been injured have been very instrumental in showing these guys learn what to do. Willie Cherry has been banged around a little bit but has shown that he has the ability to make some plays we just need to get him to finish things off a little bit better and he has worked toward that end."