With Dane Sanzenbacher graduated and gone and Devier Posey out the first five games to serve his suspension, the wide receiver position is up for grabs this season. Most of you reading our posts are familiar with Posey by now, so Nick Hewlett and I will, instead, be previewing Chris Fields, T.Y. Williams, Corey Brown, and James Louis.
- Height – 6’0″
- Weight – 180 lbs
- Hometown/HS – Painesville, OH/Painesville Harvey
- 61 rec., 876 yards, 1st team All-Ohio as a senior
- 4.39 seconds – 40 yard dash time
- Entering his Sophomore season at OSU
Fields excelled in high school at three different sports: football, basketball, and baseball, and also won regional meets in Track and Field. Flat out, the kid can run, catch, “dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge.” Look for Fields, in the absence of Posey, to get significant targets and catches in the first five games, and possibly for the duration of the season. On top of that, Jordan Hall has done some kickoff and punt returning, but look for Fields to possibly take those special teams spots over early on this season and not give them up.
My prediction for 2011: 41 rec., 620 yards, 6 receiving TDs, 1 special teams TD
- Height – 6’5″
- Weight – 228 lbs
- Hometown/HS – East Cleveland, OH/Shaw HS
- 39 rec., 685 yards, 14 TDs, 2nd team All-Ohio as a senior
- Entering his Freshman season at OSU
Williams, like Fields, was successful in multiple sports in high school, lettering in football, basketball, and track. He can be explosive and has the ability to be a big play receiver (see his 68 yard catch and run TD in the Spring Game, minute 3:48), but watch for him to really get his name into the newspapers on red zone plays. Williams’ height will be his, no pun intended, biggest asset.
My prediction for 2011: 25 rec., 360 yards, 5 receiving TDs
The bad news: we don’t know who our main targets will be in 2011.
The good news: we have several guys to choose from…if someone can get them the ball.