While the quarterback position is one of the youngest for the Racers this spring, whoever emerges as QB1 will have a very talented, veteran-heavy receiving corps to throw to. Fourteen wide receivers will suit up for Murray State for spring camp including four returning seniors in Tyre Gray, Malik Honeycutt, Jonathan Moss and Rajai Perkins. Five other receivers that have played at least one season for MSU will also return, in addition to two redshirt freshmen, two transfers and an a newcomer.
Silas Owens was the lone graduating senior from last year's team, while Jensen Feggins left during the off-season under the grad transfer rule.
Wide Receivers Coach Alex Suber
GR: Who are some of the returners out here for you this spring and what you are expecting out of them?
AS: We have a bunch of guys coming back as we only lost two guys from last season. Malik Honeycutt is one of our main guys coming back, he's an All-American and that kind of speaks for itself. Then we got the two young guys on the outside, Armani Hayes from Florida and Tez Brooks, a Tennessee kid, at X. Both of them are big, physical and have big play ability.
Then we have Tyre Gray, and DeQuan Dallas coming back on the inside in the slot, with Sylvaughn Turner behind them. Those three give us shifty, speedy guys in there in the slot, the kind that get open, make plays and make guys miss. At the Y spot, which is kind of our tight end, but is still skill, we got Big Jimmy Catches, James Sappington coming back. A big play guy that they just can't seem to cover. Behind him is Rajai Perkins who we moved inside from the Z spot. He's really good and a trusty guy who is a veteran and will block and play and know what to do.
We also have DaQuon Green coming in from Florida, a big strong kid that makes us a little more dynamic at that spot. He's fast, he can catch, he can do it all. Then also at the Z, we have Jonathan Moss behind Honeycutt, those guys are really competing at that spot, along with Jacob Bell, the young kid who is really playing his tail off out there.
A couple of other new guys out here for the spring are Sam Forden, out here doing his thing and then the big, intriguing guy, Brion Sanchious. He's a Florida guy with football experience from high school, so it's not like he is just a basketball guy coming out here and just having some fun. He understands football, he has a good grasp on the game, he's got ball skills and he can run.
GR: Unlike the fall, there is no opponent in the spring, so you can just focus on yourselves. What will be some areas of focus for you guys over the course of the spring?
AS: You always want to go into spring with kind of a clean slate from last season. So, for us, we are just getting back to basics, getting back to fundamentals, getting back to technique. Teaching, teaching, teaching. We just want to get these guys confident and ready to go for the next phase of our season, which is the summer, where we kind of crisp up and perfect some things. However, right now we are just working on getting better and competing with each other.
GR: What are some observations of your unit after two weeks of practice?
AS: We just have a lot of guys competing. Kind of the rotation we are using this spring is that no one knows who will start on what day, there are no starters, just kind of A, B, C groups and we switch it up every day. That makes sure everyone is competing, no one is complaining about "their" balls, catching balls, getting balls. These guys are selfless and unselfish out here, they are playing for each other and they are just competing hard. They love football and when they get out here they just want to play and make plays, so it is just a lot of fun to watch and even more fun to coach.