August 7, 2006

Position outlook: Receivers

2005 In Review

Consistency. The one word that best describes the play of Utah's receivers last season, even if the personnel were anything but consistent. Only one of Utah's top four receivers, Brent Casteel, played in every game. Former Ute Travis LaTendresse missed three games in the middle of the season due to an ankle injury. Additionally, ex-Ute John Madsen missed the last two games after breaking his ankle midway through the first quarter of the New Mexico game, and was limited early in the season after pulling his hamstring late in fall camp. Brian Hernandez only missed the New Mexico game after a severe ankle injury a few games earlier, but left the stadium only with the aid of crutches for seemingly the last half of the season. Still, the production was consistent and of good quality, as Utah finished the season 12th nationally in passing offense, with the receivers and tight ends catching 228 passes for 3,203 yards and 25 touchdowns.

LaTendresse and Madsen topped the stat sheet with 55 receptions each. LaTendresse accounted for 810 yards and 8 touchdowns, while Madsen chipped in 672 yards and 6 touchdowns. Following LaTendresse and Madsen were Hernandez and Casteel, both of whom recorded 39 receptions. Hernandez led all Utes who had 3 or more catches in yard per catch at 18.2 and also had 3 touchdowns. Casteel was used more in the shorter passing attack, and finished with 426 yards and 2 touchdowns. Casteel was involved in the running game, and added 208 yards on 35 carries and a touchdown.

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