The Massachusetts Daily Collegian’s football coverage will offer daily positional breakdown’s of the Massachusetts football team in the days leading up to the start of the 2014 summer training camp. Today, the focus is on the wide receivers. You can find previous breakdowns at the bottom of the page.
Returnees: Kevin Lovaincy (RS SO), Tajae Sharpe (JR), Ryan Jacobucci (RS SO), Shaquille Harris (SO), Iric Harris (RS JR), Elgin Long (RS JR), Shakur Nesmith (RS FR), Bernard Davis (JR)
Newcomers: T.J Kelley (FR), Lamarriel Taylor (FR), Alex Kenney (Graduate Student), Marken Michel (RS JR), Jalen Williams (JR), Connor Lemieux (RS FR), Alfred Adarkwah (FR)
Key Losses: E.J Burston (left the program)
Projected Starters: Tajae Sharpe, Jalen Williams
The Skinny: The Massachusetts receiving corps enters 2014 with plenty of returning depth.
The Massachusetts receiving corps also enters 2014 with plenty of questions about that returning depth and a cast of newcomers eager to gain reps quickly.
Outside of leading receiver Tajae Sharpe, who caught 61 balls for 680 yards and four touchdowns last season and is the most talented receiver on the team, the Minutemen are cluttered at the position. UMass returns Bernard Davis, Elgin Long, Shaquille Harris and Shakur Nesmith, which is normally a good sign for a youthful position looking to build on the prior season.
However, those four receivers combined to catch just 33 passes for 353 yards and two scores in a combined total of 32 games. And while some of that could be contributed to shaky quarterback play, it was clear once Mark Whipple replaced Charley Molnar that the coaching staff wasn’t content with what it already.
The reinforcements came quickly.