Fall Camp, Day #9: Are the Receivers the Most Talented Group on the Team?
Aug. 15, 2012
Corvallis, Ore. -
It would be interesting to be in an opposing team’s meeting room where a defensive coordinator gets to pick his poison when facing the Beavers’ wide receivers. Do you attempt to stop the speedsters by double teaming co-team captain Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks or do you take away the middle routes by gambling with single coverage on the wideouts? Quite the dilemma.
This is arguably Oregon State’s most talented group of receivers in years if not ever from top to bottom, even with the unfortunate loss of Jordan Bishop to health reasons. There is Wheaton, a Biletnikoff Award (top receiver) candidate, who already is ninth for career receptions at OSU with 136 and will break into that honors list for yards (currently with 1,750) early in the season.
But, unlike years past where visitors could key on one receiver (think Sammie Stroughter and Mike Hass); opponents will have a much more difficult time this year. Cooks, a sophomore, is already destined to make a run into the record books before his time is done and head coach Mike Riley has continually praised the development of sophomore Obum Gwacham – who you can bet is going to be a favorite target in the red zone with his high jump leaping ability.
Junior Kevin Cummings has had considerable playing experience also, and redshirt-freshman Richard Mullaney strikes people as a Hass-like player. Sophomore Micah Hatfield and junior Mitch Singler have certainly had their moments as well and will likely see quality time this season.
OSU’s video team had the opportunity to “mic up” receivers coach Brent Brennan Wednesday in the first of two practices. Enjoy the accompanying video.
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