July 12, 2008

Countdown to Camp: Loaded at wideout

Fall camp opens up in 23 days. Over the next couple of weeks, PowerMizzou.com will continue to get Tiger fans completely prepped for the biggest season in school history. Today, we continue our in-depth breakdowns of the fall situation at every position on the field. We move on to wide receiver spot.

The Starters: Jeremy Maclin and Tommy Saunders are atop the depth chart in permanent marker. Jared Perry may not be able to write his name there in ink just yet, but he's a pretty sure bet to be the third starter. Each player brings at least a full season of experience and has caught more than 40 passes in his Tiger career already.

Projected Backups: There is not a more intriguing spot on the entire roster. Missouri will have at least six receivers ready to play. When he gets healthy, Danario Alexander is one of them, but Mizzou has to find at least three more reserves in fall camp. Walk-ons Forrest Shock, Brandon Gerau and Blake May have all had solid moments in practice both last fall and spring and one of them could push to stay on the two-deep, but likely not more. LaRoderick Thomas looked very good in the spring after moving from corner and is a threat here as well. But that still leaves at least one spot for a true freshman, which leads to…

Major Camp Storyline: Which freshmen will play? It seems certain at least one will see the field and the number could be as high as three. Gahn McGaffie's name has been mentioned out of summer drills more than any other freshman. He's small, but by all reports he has been Mizzou's most consistent young receiver. Wes Kemp is certainly physically ready and seems likely to see the field. Rolandis Woodland had the most hype coming in and is a year older than the rest and is a threat to shed the shirt as well.

PowerMizzou.com will continue our position previews with a look at the tight ends on Sunday.

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