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    Default Chris Autman-Bell

    The team tweeted his Freshman highlight video today, and it occurred to me that heís being overshadowed by Johnson and Bateman. He put up some decent numbers for a #3 receiver, and could be poised to make a big jump...especially if defenses design their game plans around stopping Johnson and/or Bateman. Donít sleep on Autman-Bell.

    -28 catches (4th all-time for a Freshman)

    -448 yards (3rd all-time for a Freshman)

    -16.03 yards/catch (Led team)


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    He’s been impressive in his own right and will soften the blow/be maybe a more than an adequate placement upon losing Johnson next year.

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    Don't forget Demetrius Douglas!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Face The Facts View Post
    Don't forget Demetrius Douglas!
    It’s not too late to play DB. J/k, sort of. Depending on on how WR depth shakes out this year and next could be odd man out and significant talent wasted. Sort of like blue chippers riding the pine at Alabama.
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    I don't remember the last time we had a #3 WR as good as Autman-Bell.

    I think you can make the case that TJ, Bateman and Autman-Bell are the best WR trio in the Big Ten, ahead of OSU's KJ Hill, Benjamin Victor and Austin Mack. I'm sure OSU's WR's #4-10 are probably superior to our WR's #4-10 because of how well they recruit but I think you can make the case our top 3 are better than their top 3 or anyone else in the Big Ten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by die hard gopher View Post
    I don't remember the last time we had a #3 WR as good as Autman-Bell.

    I think you can make the case that TJ, Bateman and Autman-Bell are the best WR trio in the Big Ten, ahead of OSU's KJ Hill, Benjamin Victor and Austin Mack. I'm sure OSU's WR's #4-10 are probably superior to our WR's #4-10 because of how well they recruit but I think you can make the case our top 3 are better than their top 3 or anyone else in the Big Ten.
    If we go 4 WR's deep, this is the best 4-deep WR's I can remember.

    Curious if either true freshman recruit get much time this year. I'm guess neither breaks the 4 game redshirt rule.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Face The Facts View Post
    If we go 4 WR's deep, this is the best 4-deep WR's I can remember.

    Curious if either true freshman recruit get much time this year. I'm guess neither breaks the 4 game redshirt rule.
    Based on what he's done so far and not including his return abilities, I don't really think Douglas is that special or better than other #4 WR's we've had in the past. At least not yet.

    I can see Namdi challenge for the #4 WR spot this year if he is as good as the coaches said he is on signing day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by die hard gopher View Post
    Based on what he's done so far and not including his return abilities, I don't really think Douglas is that special or better than other #4 WR's we've had in the past. At least not yet.

    I can see Namdi challenge for the #4 WR spot this year if he is as good as the coaches said he is on signing day.
    It’s hard to say because Douglas hasn’t been targeted a lot. Our current #3 WR is better than most of our #1’s over the past 10 years. Since our top 3 this year should be the same as last year, plus with the carries the RB’s are likely to see, I wouldn’t expect our #4 receiver to catch a lot of passes.

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    Our WR's are certainly as good as a group at that position as I can remember. I'm wondering if the QB battle really gets down to how fast Morgan or Annexstad can recognize the defense when they get to the line and get through their reads during the course of a play. Whichever QB can get the ball to the proper read/receiver is what is going to make this offense click. Wow, this is going to be fun!

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    Yes, the key will be which QB can best utilize our talented wide receiver corps and get them the ball. They other luxury we have is that there really isn't much difference in talent between the two QBs, so that an injury to one won't derail our season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pompous Elitist View Post
    Itís not too late to play DB. J/k, sort of. Depending on on how WR depth shakes out this year and next could be odd man out and significant talent wasted. Sort of like blue chippers riding the pine at Alabama.
    Packages including 4 receiver sets, and trips on either side is a possible answer. Douglas has elusiveness and breakaway speed. He can be dangerous from the slot as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STPGopher View Post
    Packages including 4 receiver sets, and trips on either side is a possible answer. Douglas has elusiveness and breakaway speed. He can be dangerous from the slot as well.
    I’m not disagreeing about his talent, just that in this group he seems to be targeted less/utilized less, and additionally have wondered if he would be an every down player on the other side where we are a little thinner. Obviously I’m just chattering from the peanut gallery and it’s clear he really wants to stay at WR and importantly could still break out this year or next.

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    Dont forget Seth Green
    If I remember right he was very good going up in 1-1's for ball in the end zone in last years Spring game
    another year of reps at WR and in certain situations he can go up and win those 50/50 battles

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    Quote Originally Posted by die hard gopher View Post
    Based on what he's done so far and not including his return abilities, I don't really think Douglas is that special or better than other #4 WR's we've had in the past. At least not yet.

    I can see Namdi challenge for the #4 WR spot this year if he is as good as the coaches said he is on signing day.
    It is HIGHLY unlikely that any of the true Freshman wideouts see anything but 4 game play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pompous Elitist View Post
    I’m not disagreeing about his talent, just that in this group he seems to be targeted less/utilized less, and additionally have wondered if he would be an every down player on the other side where we are a little thinner. Obviously I’m just chattering from the peanut gallery and it’s clear he really wants to stay at WR and importantly could still break out this year or next.
    I was just saying that even if the WR group is loaded, the staff could/ can still use him. I think we both agree that he is very talented and that it would be a shame for him to sit on the bench if he could help on the other side. I wouldn't be surprised if he plays on offense and defense in addition to special teams.

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