Pre-Spring Depth Chart: Receivers

The group of receivers could be the deepest and most talented group since Kliff Kingsbury arrived.

Ed. Note: The black box next to a player is a full year of eligibility remaining and the grey box means that they had a redshirt available. For example, Breiden Fehoko played as a true freshman, but he still has a redshirt year available to him, much like Dylan Cantrell took this year.

Inside Receivers

Eligibility Remaining
Player Year Ht/Wt. 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Ian Sadler Junior 5-11/197
Jonathan Giles Sophomore 5-11/184
Donta Thompson Redshirt Freshman 6-4/203
Keke Coutee Sophomore 5-11/173
Cameron Batson Junior 5-9/173
Zach Austin Junior 5-11/187
Caleb Woodward Junior 6-0/200
De’Quan Bowman Junior 5-11/180

One thing to keep in mind, these are not in any particular order, so don’t get hung up on that.

There’s a lot of depth here and the interesting thing is how a large portion of these players are redshirt juniors, meaning they have two years available to play as well as a redshirt year. I think Sadler is a starter at one inside spot and I think the second inside spot will be essentially split between Batson and Bowman in some form or fashion. I thought Batson came on well late in the year, although the one thing that he really hasn’t displayed is a lot of wiggle and that’s pretty important for an inside receiver. I would guess that Coutee backs up Sadler and Giles gets in the mix as well. There’s really a lot of quality depth here. Thompson is the real change of pace on this whole thing and I think we’re all on pins and needles as to if that 203 weight will be any different when spring ball starts. I could also envision a scenario where if any one of Coutee, Giles or Batson is injured in any way, they’ll just let them sit out and redshirt.

Outside Receivers

Eligibility Remaining
Player Year Ht/Wt. 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Jakari Dillard Sophomore 6-4/189
Reginald Davis Senior 6-0/188
Michael Coley Sophomore 6-2/189
Dylan Cantrell Junior 6-3/212
Tony Brown Sophomore 6-1/187
Quan Shorts Redshirt Freshman 6-2/196
Derrick Willies Junior 6-3/205
Ja’Deion High Junior 5-11/175

The consensus appears to be that Willies and Cantrell will be the starters on the outside. Same thought regarding injuries. If Brown is even slightly injured, then I could see how he sits a year.

As to the other guys, I don’t think that Reginald Davis is an odd man out in any way. He had 8 touchdowns, and although he is inconsistent, he can pull away from his defender. Brown showed spurts as well as a true freshman and Shorts is supposed to be great athletically, but has issues catching the ball (this is what I remember, but someone correct me if I’m wrong). We really don’t know anything about Dillard or Coley and I’ve put them outside because of their height. Dillard has seemingly been passed and I thought for sure he would add weight (you know, because his dad is a former defensive tackle).

There’s good talent and good depth here. Just think, Cantrell, if he returns healthy and Willies could be bookends for two years.


Eligibility Remaining
Player Year Ht/Wt. 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Evan McHugh Redshirt Freshman 6-2/220
Preston Scaff Redshirt Freshman 6-3/228
Kash Knutson Sophomore 5-11/183
R.J. Hester Junior 5-9/173
Coleman Patterson Junior 6-0/182
Landon Sawyer Redshirt Freshman 5-9/170
Jake Parker Junior 6-0/168
Hunter Rittimann Sophomore 6-0/168

I wish I knew more about the walk-ons, but I don’t. McHugh and Scaff are tight ends and they’re listed as such on the official roster. Hester is a transfer from East Texas Baptist. Rittimann is a former quarterback, as is Sawyer. Sawyer played at Air Force, or at least I think committed there and he was a really good player in the San Angelo area a couple of years ago.


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