Posted: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Pitt will begin the 2013 season with one starter back at wide receiver. Devin Street briefly flirted with the idea of going to the NFL, before ultimately deciding to return for his senior campaign. Street has plenty of talent, but does not always show it. But overall, he had a solid 2012 season with 73 passes for 975 yards and five touchdowns. At 6-4 190 pounds, Street certainly has the size to be that go to guy Pitt needs, and he has NFL potential. The spots after Street are anyone's guess, though.
Ed Tinker is the next leading returning wide receiver, and he caught all of seven passes last Fall. Tinker is a senior, and should get a chance if only by default. And one of those seven catches was a dazzling touchdown reception against Rutgers.
Ronald Jones is an undersized junior, but he has game experience. Other than that, the future, and perhaps the present of the position rests in the hands of freshmen.
Chris Wuestner came into the program as a walk-on, but many feel he will compete for playing time. Chris Davis is an intriguing piece. He is an outstanding athlete, but will have to fight to get on the field and prove their worth at receiver. Brandon Ifill and Kevin Weatherspoon are the other two guys in Spring camp, but will be down the depth chart.
We will not get to see them in the Spring, but the 2013 recruiting class nailed down four receivers. Each player possess a different trait and can bring something entirely different to the program. Tyler Boyd is the star of the bunch and he figures to get on the field this season. He is a quick guy, and will be thrown in the playing time race with Davis and Jones. Jester Weah is a freak athletically. Reggie Green is well built, and encompasses strength and speed into his game. Zach Challingsworth is an underrated athlete with sure hands. Those three will likely be heading into a redshirt season.
This is a crowded space on the roster, and some guys will be left out for playing time. Obviously in Spring, you know what you have in Street, but you want another player or two to build chemistry with Street and the quarterbacks. That will say a lot about playing time this season.