A look at Georgia Tech’s wide receivers

Switching from the safeties, we take a look at Georgia Tech’s wide receivers:

THE WIDE RECEIVERS

  • Returning starters: Kevin Cone, Stephen Hill, Tyler Melton.
  • Others to watch: Quentin Sims, Daniel McKayhan, Jeremy Moore.
  • Key losses: Demaryius Thomas, who is now with the NFL’s Denver Broncos.
  • Key fact: Four Tech receivers, not including A-backs or B-backs, caught passes last season for 1,355 yards.
  • Key question: Thomas was responsible for 1,154 of those yards. Who will replace that?
  • Key question 2: Who will become quarterback Joshua Nesbitt’s go-to guy, not only for those long threats but when crucial first downs are needed? Hill and Melton will likely be the starters. Hill seems to be the player everyone thinks will be the next Thomas, but until the games start it’s hard to say. All of the wide receivers have similar builds, though none are close to Thomas’ 6-3, 230 pounds.
  • Outlook: It depends upon expectations. If it’s expected that someone is going to come in catch 1,000 yards of passes, as Thomas did, then you will likely be disappointed. If it’s expected that the receivers are going to combine to catch more than 1,500 yards, then you will likely be happy.
  • Your turn: What say you about the wide receivers?

For a look at the safeties, go here

For a look at the offensive line, go here

For a look at the running backs, go here

For a look at the defensive line, go here

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89 comments Add your comment

CP

June 28th, 2010
9:46 am

It will be wide receiver by committee but Hill will come out as a star in this offense.

1eyedJack

June 28th, 2010
9:48 am

How can you list three WRs as starters?

kickadawg

June 28th, 2010
9:53 am

Quentin Sims could be the surprise of this group. Keep an eye on him.

DoakBoyGT

June 28th, 2010
9:57 am

WRs will have to work well together. I also look for improved pass catching from the A-Backs

thwg

June 28th, 2010
10:10 am

I think the receivers will be fine. I know coach preston will do a good job with them. Hill is the best playmaker, but I don’t know if he can block as good as some of the other receivers which is just as important in this type of offense

Delbert D.

June 28th, 2010
10:13 am

Jack – Three started games opposite Thomas last year. Cone, 1st 3 games, Hill, game 4, Melton all the rest. Melton was injured for the 1st 4 games, Cone was injured for games 7 – 13.

CPJ

June 28th, 2010
10:27 am

Do we throw the ball at Tech ?

Jacket Backer

June 28th, 2010
10:47 am

hill is gonna be a good one….

Go Jackets!!

john

June 28th, 2010
10:55 am

no way the WRs catch a total 1500 yards. The ball will be distributed to the A-backs more this year, they will be getting too many of the few touches to let the WRs catch 1500 yards. My guess. hill get 800-900 yards the others get 300-400 yards, while tha a-backs catch over 500.

Bo

June 28th, 2010
11:02 am

This isn’t intended as a swipe, but shouldn’t you be more worried about their blocking ability? If an option team is really clicking, it only takes a mediocre QB and receiver to burn a D for a quick 25-30 yds.

Greensboro, Georgia

June 28th, 2010
11:09 am

————————————–
……Nesbitt for Heisman……
————————————–

Lewis Buzzard

June 28th, 2010
11:14 am

I guess defenses will have to pick their poison either a huge run by one of the running backs or Stephen Hill burning the DB deep. Whichever way CPJ wants to spin it. It is at his disposal.

Reality Stinks

June 28th, 2010
11:19 am

I agree

Nesbitty for heisman

Coach Pauly “we have other fish to fry” Johnson for coach of the year

A tech wide receiver for All American

Tech will win a national Title this year

And I will win the lottery.

Boy I wish I was this delusional all the time.

Brian

June 28th, 2010
11:31 am

I would love to see this group get 1500 yards, but as others have said we could have a lot more success if we get the a-backs going in the passing game as well. Hopefully this will be the year that happens more a la the vandy game with peeples I think.

one tech fan not drinking the kool aid

June 28th, 2010
11:38 am

The bigger question is who can get the ball to them, Thomas made a lot of great catch’s last year.
Nesbitts accuracy must improve. No experience 11 catchs between Hill and Melton.

superDawg

June 28th, 2010
11:38 am

Take a look at UGA if you want to see real wide receivers and running backs and lineman and the team that is going to beat the snot out of you enginerds.

Reality Stinks

June 28th, 2010
11:43 am

I will agree

Will Tech be able to find someone to get the ball to these receivers and not have to worry if their running back can throw them the ball

EEJacket

June 28th, 2010
12:02 pm

I think the passings game’s in for a big transition. Lots of short passes, maybe some screen passes, hell, we were outta the shotgun in the spring. PJ knows he doesn’t have another bay-bay until Hill fully develops next year so in the meantime he’s gotta get tricky. Besides, if Nesbitt remembered that he was recruited as a passing QB and remembered how to pass we would’ve been 14-0 last season, I think they realize that.

Systemic

June 28th, 2010
12:05 pm

More palpable nervousness from the Georgia fans; I love it!

I would echo what a previous poster mentioned D.Thomas’ value as a run blocker. Thomas is indeed a huge loss as a pass catcher, but his absence might be most acutely felt in terms of his blocking ability as his blowing up corners and safeties was often what sprung those long runs. Here’s hoping S. Hill keeps putting on the lbs (while remaining fast) and becomes the next great GT receiver in the spread option offense.

Go Jackets!

Reality Stinks

June 28th, 2010
12:20 pm

I can agree EEJacket if Tech had a Tebow like QB that could throw with accuracy under pressure then Tech would be hard to stop offensively

But I wont ever have to stay nervous about that because Pauly Johny Apple Seed has never ever recruited a QB like that and most likely never will

But Most Tech fans cannot see that like EEJacket fan has and thats why they cannot beat UGA on a consistent basis. Keep being delusional Techies and the Calvin Johnsons will only come to Tech every 50 yrs or so

Stay Thirsty My Friends

Burdell

June 28th, 2010
12:26 pm

Reality Stinks–

“Keep being delusional Techies and the Calvin Johnsons will only come to Tech every 50 yrs or so”

What an ignorant statement.

There will NEVER be another Calvin Johnson, in Atlanta or Athens, period. But Tech had the first WR taken in the draft 2 out of the last 4 years (and one of them wasn’t CJ).

GTman

June 28th, 2010
12:40 pm

In this offense, receivers will always be able to get open and have a lot of man to man coverage. The question is can Nesbitt get the ball to them on time and with accuracy. When we get a QB (and I love what Nesbitt does for this team) that can execute the option and throw the ball accurately, this offense will be impossible to stop.

Go Jackets! THWG!

DoDog

June 28th, 2010
12:41 pm

Hey, Reality Stinks – OK, let’s face reality: GT wound up ranked higher than UGag in football, basketball, and baseball. Say whatever else you want, but THAT’s the reality of it. Tee hee…..

POAD

June 28th, 2010
12:51 pm

DoDog you do know that UGA did graduate many more Government Type Employees. P. E Teachers, GoMent Housing Managers, Social Workers, and Inmates.

Ted M

June 28th, 2010
1:00 pm

Doug,

Please keep us posted on the recruitment of running back James Wilder Jr.

Do you think Tech has even a 15% chance of landing him?

Thanks

one tech fan not drinking the kool aid

June 28th, 2010
1:13 pm

Gtman this offense will not attract the right recruits to develop a passing attack, as much as I like Josh, not many other places would he be a qb. Wilder will stay in Florida.

one tech fan not drinking the kool aid

June 28th, 2010
1:15 pm

But they were both recruited by Chan Gailey. Think Calvin would’ve come to tech to play in an option offense?

Ted M

June 28th, 2010
1:16 pm

Wilder will stay in Florida. – Yep, probably right – Wilder looks unbelievably amazing.

reality

June 28th, 2010
1:23 pm

I love the jealous UGA fans who invade our blog. reality Stinks is a 13 year old out of school for the summer. Superdawg…you really took care of us the last time in Athens… I look for the receivers to share the load. Nesbitt will be a Heisman finalist. GO JACKETS!!

GT Rich

June 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

If Calvin were coming out of high school now, CPJ wouldn’t have a chance. Using D. Thomas as his proof, I think CPJ can get at least one 4-star level kid every two years to come in. Stephen Hill was the first example. He needs to get another 4-star caliber kid this recruiting season to keep that pace. Also need to continue developing Hill into a 1000-yd receiver who can block.

one tech fan not drinking the kool aid

June 28th, 2010
1:54 pm

I like Hill , but he was a 3 star according to Rivals , he didn’t have a lot of big time offers, he got a lot of attention when UGA offered him late. If you recall he had committed to Central Fla.

ummmm

June 28th, 2010
1:55 pm

6 ‘5 thomas????? ummmmmmmmm YEAA Stephen Hill is the one close to 6 ‘5 adding weight

hiveredtech

June 28th, 2010
1:56 pm

I still do not understand why the first section is always called “returning starters” instead of “returning players”. Every time there are players in there that have never started.

hiveredtech

June 28th, 2010
1:59 pm

very true…Demaryius Thomas is 6-3, 229. Hill is 2″ taller…but much more thin…around 200 lbs right now. Hill is going to be a good one.

SILLY UGA FANS

June 28th, 2010
2:22 pm

Wow the nervous UGA fans sure got on here quick. Hill has actually put on more weight and is something like 215 now. The big question is wether they can block as well as Thomas and are as strong. I think Cone can block out well, but he is far from being proven as a recieving threat. Hill Can bring the ball in, but did little in the way of blocking. Melton and Sims have some skills and hopefulloy they can help spread the field. The a-backs should be a better threat in short passes with Roddy healthy and the hand back to 100% and I expect some deep routes to Jackson from the a-back position. The big question is can the line give Nesbitt that extra few seconds needed. Nesbitt has the ability, but he has little time to get a good QB’WR relationship going and little time while throwing on the run.

Steady GT Fan

June 28th, 2010
2:23 pm

September 4th, 1pm on the Flats. Can’t wait!

SILLY UGA FANS

June 28th, 2010
2:24 pm

I would be surprised if we got Wilder.
Doug,
Any word on wether Perkins will be redshirted or play?

Delbert D.

June 28th, 2010
2:34 pm

Georgia Tech doesn’t need a 1,000 yard receiver to replace Thomas. Yes, Stephen Hill has to produce up to his considerable skill level, but Nesbitt/CPJ have got to distribute the ball to others better than the in the past 2 years.

In Johnson’s final year at Navy, 4 receivers combined for 921 yds, between 10 and 13 catches each for the 2007 season. 4 others combined for 318 yds: 8, 7, 6, 5 and 1 catches. 136 pass attempts in 13 games, 145.4 passing efficiency.

In 2009, the Georgia Tech receivers had 48, 8, 6, 5, 5, 5, 2, and 1 catches. 168 pass attempts in 14 games, 149.6 passing efficiency.

Navy’s FBS opponents in 2007 :
Temple
Rutgers
Duke
Air Force
Pitt
Wake Forest
Notre Dame
Northern Illinois
Army
Utah

Blue Pants

June 28th, 2010
2:52 pm

Doug, is Chris Jackson going to be an A-back or receiver?

one tech fan not drinking the kool aid

June 28th, 2010
2:57 pm

Hate to mention it , but Navy lost to Deleware in 2007, I think we have a bit tougher schedule this year.
Losing Thomas is bigger than most care to admit.

Reality Stinks

June 28th, 2010
2:57 pm

Thats fine my Delusional Techies

Just keep believing in Paul Johnny Apple Seed’s style of QB’s and you find there will be more beat downs that you have experienced in bowl games and by UGA coming to an empty high school stadium near North Ave.

Stay Thirsty my friends

RambleOn84

June 28th, 2010
3:04 pm

After Johnson wins 4 in a row vs the Rejects from Athens and Richt is fired, will “Reality Stinks” still be on here reciting lame beer catchphrases?

Spike

June 28th, 2010
3:25 pm

Don’t forget, recievers, to catch the fourt down pass.

Spike

June 28th, 2010
3:25 pm

sorry, “fourth”. My bad, spell police.

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June 28th, 2010
3:33 pm

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SILLY UGA FANS

June 28th, 2010
3:35 pm

delusional stinks,
What beat down has UGA given GT while CPJ has been the coach? If 30-24 is a beat down in your book you are a bigger idiot than most of your posts let on. Where as some of that loss could be laid at Nesbitt’s feet most of it falls on the o-line and that they were playing against two very good d-lines. I do not expect a response from you due to the fact that everytime you are asked to respond with anything other than the facts you make up in your own mind you fall silent.

15 wins in 50 years

June 28th, 2010
3:37 pm

ramble on, your talk is just that, UGA domination of tech spans generations , LOL hearing someone talking about winning four in a row when they have only 5 wins in the past 20 years and just got whipped the previous season.

superDawg

June 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

Man that 6 points was a close one.

Doug Roberson

June 28th, 2010
4:13 pm

I thought 1,500 yards might be a better benchmark because Nesbitt should be a more improved passer this season. You will be able to read the QB breakdown in a few days.

superDawg

June 28th, 2010
4:13 pm

Being how tek was spanked silly and run over by you know who and who I would say that is a beat down.