Morgantown, W.Va.–With a group of talented wide receivers like Shelton Gibson, Daikiel Shorts, Ka’Raun White and Jovon Durante on the field, opponents are in for a real threat when they face West Virginia University.
But the Mountaineers receiving corps has yet to live up to its full potential.
“My guys haven’t played any good football yet,” receivers coach Tyron Carrier said. “They just give you spurts, I told them they tease you all the time. They tease you. They give you a good play here and there but it’s not consistent. To win the Big 12, you have to be very consistent.”
He believes that this talented group is still has a way to go before they fully emerge into what they can be.
“They have a long way to go,” Carrier said. “And it’s more of a receiver aspect. They are there mentally but they just have to continue to execute. Just the little things that I preach about and once they get to that point, it’s going to be a good show.”
While Mountaineer fans saw some stellar catches against TCU, Carrier isn’t ready to sing their praises just yet.
“I guess because I am a receiver coach and I see it so much, I just don’t get riled up like everyone else does,” he said. “My thing is making play after play and we didn’t make play after play.”
For Carrier, it’s not about tearing down his receivers. It is about making them live up to their full potential. And he sees improvements each week.
“The number of mistakes is dropping week to week, “Carrier said. “It’s dropping but the problem is, we get a little bit complacent with what we do. As far as route running, like ‘I could beat him doing this’ instead of just doing what they’re supposed to do. Then mistakes happen.”
Executing routes are the biggest area of focus for the WVU wide outs.
“We certainly haven’t lived up to our complete potential,” sophomore Gary Jennings said. “We have so many things that we can work on and so many things that we can improve upon to make ourselves a better receiving corps. It’s just fine tuning our routes and just being 100 percent on assignments.”
Carrier tries to drill the importance of sticking their routes into the receivers’ minds.
“Working back to the ball, taking the ball out of the air, catching the ball, those things,” he added. “It’s little things but it is really big to me, it’s what makes everything work. As long as they are attacking the ball. They improved in blocking, which is one of the biggest things, but we have to catch the ball, we have to. We have to stick to the top of our routes, that’s things I won’t bend on.”
Everyone has seen what this group can do at times. Imagine what will happen when they full explode onto the scene.
For now, the receivers are just working with each other to get to that point.
“Everyone works together and gives each other tips on what to do,” Jennings said. “So that helps us as a group as well. We keep each other encouraged and it helps overall group morale.”
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS