Hokie Football Outlook, Part III
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
July 18, 2005

Outlook Schedule on hokiesports.com:
General OutlookWednesday, July 13
Offensive LineFriday, July 15
Wide Receivers/Tight EndsMonday, July 18
Tailbacks/Fullbacks/QuarterbacksWednesday, July 20
Defensive LineFriday, July 22
LinebackersMonday, July 25
SecondaryWednesday, July 27
SpecialistsFriday, July 29
Headlines
  • Five of the top six receivers are returnees and four have started at least one game.

  • Last year, as freshmen, the quartet of Eddie Royal, Josh Morgan, Josh Hyman and Justin Harper combined for 75 catches, 1,391 yards and 12 touchdowns.

  • Jeff King, who spent his winter playing with the Tech basketball team, returns as one of the best tight ends in the nation. Last year, he caught 25 passes for 304 yards and four scores, earning All-ACC honors.

RETURNERS
No.NameCl.Pos.
89Duane Brownr-So.TE
87David ClowneyJr.FL
82Jeremy Gilchristr-Fr.FL
81Justin HarperSo.SE
19Josh Hymanr-So.SE
90Jeff Kingr-Sr.TE
43John Kinzerr-So.TE
17Josh MorganSo.SE
4Eddie RoyalSo.FL
NEWCOMERS
No.NameCl.Pos.
Justin BornSo.SE
Todd NolenFr.SE
85Ed WangFr.TE
83Sam WheelerFr.TE
The Players
Split End
JOSH HYMAN - The leader at the position going into the fall ... Started 12 games last year, catching 27 passes for a team-leading 491 yards and five scores ... Coaches want him to work extremely hard on improving his speed.

JOSH MORGAN - Coming off a big Sugar Bowl where he caught two long touchdowns ... Caught 15 passes last year as a true freshman, for 346 yards and three touchdowns ... Battled some injuries in the offseason and needs a good summer of preparation to catch up.

JUSTIN HARPER - Will make the move to split end to provide depth ... Can play both spots ... Caught five passes for 84 yards and a score last year ... Coaches want him to attack the weight room and develop mental toughness this summer.

Flanker
EDDIE ROYAL - Missed the spring after undergoing surgery to relieve compartment syndrome in his leg ... Started 11 games last year, catching a team-high 28 passes ... Scored three TDs on 470 yards receiving.

DAVID CLOWNEY - The fastest of the receivers, running a 4.33 40-yard dash in the spring ... Caught 20 passes for 263 yards and two scores last year ... Will be a big part of the receiving corps ... Established himself as a leader of the receiver group this past spring.

JEREMY GILCHRIST - A redshirt freshman who has a great set of hands ... Has some catching up to do, but has the potential ... Understands the game and picked up the offense quicker than coaches expected.

Tight End
JEFF KING - A Mackey Award nominee ... Started all 13 games last year, catching 25 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns ... A senior leader for a young group.

DUANE BROWN - Had an excellent spring ... Played in 13 games a year ago, mostly on special teams ... Caught three passes for 64 yards and a score ... Will be used a lot in the two-tight end set.

Coach Ball on the Receivers
"We have a young and talented group and I hope they do a good job this summer in getting better at the things we touched on this spring. We have the potential, but we have to make some strides in understanding what teams are trying to do against us. I expect us to be a productive group, but we have to keep working to get better."
Coach Pearman on the Tight Ends
"I felt going into the spring we needed to develop some really good play and consistent play out of kids like Duane Brown. I also wanted to see if John Kinzer could help us in some type of capacity. Obviously, we're counting on Jeff King to have another big year for us and to be a leader on offense. They all need a good summer of running routes, catching balls, coming in and out of cuts and doing as much work on their own that they can do."
Pearman on His Newcomers
"We are looking forward to bringing in Sam Wheeler and Ed Wang and seeing what they can do. That will give us a good and strong nucleus group of guys who can compete and push each other. The luxury at this position we might have is that they can sit, watch and soak a year. Not to say that they will, but it will be interesting to see."