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December 12, 2013
Grading The Team: Receivers
Now that the Houston Cougars' regular season has concluded, the team has begun it's preparation for the January 4 BBVA Compass Bowl Game against Vanderbilt, their eighth bowl game since 2003.
As the team begins it's workout this week, CougarsDen has continued it's look at how each position group fared during the Cougars regular season and given each position group a grade.
Today we continue the series with a look at the receivers which had several bright spots and began developing some depth.
Obviously the name that stands at the front of the position group is sophomore Deontay Greenberry who took a huge step forward in his second season and after a move to the inside this season.
Greenberry, despite missing a little time with minor injuries, finished the season with a team leading 76 receptions for 1,106 yards and 10 scores. The First Team All-AAC selection finished the regular season averaging 100 yards receiving per game.
The next wave of players after Greenberry were junior Daniel Spencer who made considerable improvements in his consistency catching the football in 2013. Once the ball was in his hands he showed his tremendous ability to make things happen after the catch. He finished the season with 50 catches for 764 yards and six trips to the endzone.
Senior Xavier Maxwell rounded out the teams leading trio with a solid final season, racking up 28 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns.
Behind the teams top three, the staff looked for a solid fourth option that never seemed to emerge. Sophomore Larry McDuffey saw press coverage most of the season which inhibited his ability to get off the ball and into space. Highly touted transfer Markeith Ambles struggled catching the ball throughout the season and Aaron Johnson saw a limited roll.
Redshirt freshman Andrew Rodriguez saw an increasing roll towards the end of the season and the Cougars built some depth as freshmen Demarcus Ayers and Greg Ward showed they will likely have rolls in the position group in the future.
Overall the unit dealt well with some inconsistencies in the offense pretty well. There were games when the unit as a whole struggled some with drops but in looking at the season as a whole they put forth a solid B- performance.