ATHENS, Ohio -- One of the challenges the Ohio football team will face heading into the 2019 season is replacing the production lost at wide receiver with the departures of Papi White and Andrew Meyer.
In 2018, White became the first Ohio wide receiver to be named All-Mid-American Conference First Team since Eddie Washington in 1983. He finished his senior season ranked third in the MAC with a career-high 987 receiving yards (fourth-most in program history) and a career-high nine receiving touchdowns (tied for second-most in program history). He became Ohio's all-time leader in career receiving yards this season with 2,620, breaking the mark of 2,511 set by LaVon Brazill (2007-11). Meyer ranked second on the team in 2018 in receptions (36), receiving yards (505) and receiving touchdowns (5), setting career highs in all three categories in his final season as a Bobcat.
Cameron Odom (Bedford, Ohio), who is entering his redshirt junior season, is Ohio's leading returning receiver with 30 receptions for 418 yards and two touchdowns a year ago. Redshirt sophomore Isiah Cox (Jasper, Ala.) is back after hauling in 11 receptions for 309 yards and three touchdowns. Jerome Buckner (Columbus, Ohio), who redshirt his freshman campaign, caught three passes for 104 yards and a score.
Another young wide receiver who will be looking to make an impact in 2019 is redshirt freshman Shane Hooks (Orlando, Fla.). Hooks, who tallied 24 catches for 515 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior at Olympia High School in 2017, appeared in Ohio's first four games a year ago before redshirting and is eager to be a bigger contributor this coming season.
"Just making sure I catch the ball more consistently," said Hooks of his goals for Ohio's spring camp, which concluded its first week last Thursday (March 7) at Walter Fieldhouse. "Keeping my head in the game. Don't let the DBs (defensive backs) get in my head. Just do my thing and have strong hands with the ball."
The Bobcats are on spring break this week but will return to Walter Fieldhouse for their second week of fall camp on Monday, March 18, with an 8:15 a.m. ET workout.