Sunday, July 22, 2007


Players Returning: 7
Incoming: 3
Lost: 4 (Paul Williams, Joe Fernandez, Jaron Fairman, Kevin Ciccone)

The unit remains deep despite the losses of last years injury-plagued stars who didn’t come anywhere near having the type of season that was expected of them – Paul Williams (Titans) and Joe Fernandez (Seahawks). Sophomore Chastin West (6-1, 215) returns as the go-to guy after catching 33 passes for 365 yards to lead the team last season.

Marlon Moore

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Although sophomore Marlon Moore (6-0, 180) is the next-most experienced, watch for a breakout year from sophomore Seyi Ajirotutu (6-3, 200). Ajirotutu and West have true star potential, but injuries limited Ajirotutu to just nine games with sparse playing time last season. He was arguably the most impressive player in the Spring Game with his aggressive ball-catching ability in traffic, speed and knack for getting open.

Moore is drawing comparisons to Bernard Berrian (Bears) for his speed, but needs to work on his hands. Adding plenty of depth are sophomore Jason Crawley (6-2, 170), who looks much-improved after a decent 2006 showing and redshirt freshman Jamel Hamler (6-1, 190), a highly-touted recruit who chose the Bulldogs over Oregon at the last minute. Former running back Shannon Dorsey (6-1, 205) also lines up at receiver this year, with walk-on Darren Newborne (5-11, 185) unlikely to see time.

A trio of true freshmen are likely to redshirt in Devon Wylie (5-9, 170), Matt Lindsey (6-0, 185) and Tim Lang (6-0, 190). Wylie has the speed and leaping ability to be a big-time college player, and could end up playing a special teams role as a true freshman. Considering his size, he’ll draw comparison to Adam Jennings (Falcons), who he worked out with in the summer as they’re both alums of the same high school. Lang is an athlete who still could end up at defensive back – he played quarterback in high school, and has that natural elusive ability (not as ankle-twisting as Clifton Smith) but is faster than Smith. Lindsey is a playmaker -- deceptively fast and with a knack for fighting the ball away from defenders. His days as a high school basketball standout help explain his leaping ability.

Devon Wylie #7 - 2006 Highlights

Rating: 7 of 10

1 comment:

  1. where'd you get those wylie highlights? the family reunion?


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