Heading into Fall Camp, Missouri's wide-receiver corps has received an infusion of newcomers that brings their numbers at the position back up from being thin in the Spring to having a surplus moving forward that should provide for more than adequate competition.
Emanuel Hall 6’3” 200, who enters his senior season with 60 career receptions for 1188 receiving yards and 10 career TDs. His 19.8 yards/reception average is indicative of his knack for getting behind the defense for the big play. Before he injured his shoulder this Spring, he was working on becoming a more complete receiver. He should be fully recovered in time for Fall Camp.
Johnathon Johnson 5’9” 185, enters his junior season with 62 career receptions for 1074 yards and 7 career receiving TDs. Johnson has a punt return for a touchdown on his resume, but his propensity for fumbling has turned him into a spectator on returns. Johnson is a very effective perimeter blocker.
Richaud Floyd 5’11” 190 enters his junior season with 18 career receptions for 264 yards and 2 career receiving TDs. He's taken over the primary punt return duties, and last year, he became one of the top punt returners in the league as he averaged 19.8 yards/punt return and took a pair of punt returns to the end zone. This Spring, Floyd moved from the slot, where he'd played behind Johnson the last 2 years, to the outside, where he impressed while working primarily with the first unit. Like Bud Sasser before him, Floyd has now been trained at all of the receiver positions, which makes the top punt return man in the league even more versatile and valuable.
Nate Brown 6’3” 210 enters his senior season with 42 career receptions for 457 yards and 4 TDs. This Spring, after Hall went down with the shoulder injury, it was Brown who stepped up to take charge of that starting job for the remainder of the Spring. He performed well as a pretty reliable possession-type receiver.
Among the several newcomers at WR is grad transfer Alex Ofodile 6'3" 211, the son of the new position coach, who will have 2 years to play and who will be eligible immediately. His dad once compared him to Nate Brown. Recently, Drew Lock referred to Ofodile's expansive catch radius, which I remember of him from his high school days. Ofodile didn't see the field all that much at Oregon, so he's coming in to establish a collegiate career. He's been here all summer, and with his dad as the position coach, I expect he'll have a head start on most of the other newcomers.
Two of the newcomers arrived in January and each gained significant traction during the Spring:
Harry Ballard 6’2” 205 (So) ran second team on the outside all Spring, and he showed flashes of his considerable talent. He'll need to be more consistent if he's going to dent the playing rotation.
Dominic Gicinto 5’9” 170 (F) quickly moved up into the second-team slot position this Spring, which allowed the staff to work Floyd exclusively on the outside. Gicinto has very good hands, and is about as fast as any of Missouri's many very, very fast receivers.
Five more newcomers are expected to compete for playing time this Fall:
Jalen Knox 6’0” 193 (F) Danny Gray 6’1” 180 (F) Kam Scott 6’3” 175 (F) Khmari Thompson 6’2” 200 (F) Chritauskie Dove 6’3” 200 (F)
This is an exciting group of freshmen receivers! Knox is an explosive freak athlete who could play inside or outside. He’s very, very fast. Gray, Scott, and Thompson are all probably outside receivers, and they may be just as fast, or maybe even faster, than Knox. Dove is the late add who combines size and speed. A.J. Ofodile said that these freshmen receivers could compete as sprinters on Missouri’s track team.
The Tigers also have several walk-on receivers returning:
30 Barrett Banister 6'0" 175 (RSF) 36 Daniel Ellinger 6’4” 210 (So) 28 Steven Spadarotto 6’2” 185 (S) 80 Carson McCarty 5'11" 180 (RSF)