Among Wyoming’s top five receivers, senior Chris McNeill leads the way with 56 catches for 629 yards.
The fifth guy (in terms of catches) is junior Robert Herron with 18. But he’s missed four games due to injury, but he’s averaged a touchdown catch a game. Or, one in every three catches is for a touchdown.
UW’s top five receivers have combined for 168 of the team’s 205 catches, 2,179 of the 2,513 yards and 21 of the 24 touchdowns from the passing game this season.
Those guys and their stats:
Player Rec Yds Ave TD
Chris McNeill 56 629 11.2 3
Dominic Rufran 34 468 13.8 5
Jalen Claiborne 31 406 13.1 5
Brandon Miller 29 311 10.7 2
Robert Herron 18 375 20.8 6
Some other notes on these guys:
–Herron has touchdown catches of 81 and 82 yards, and McNeill has one of 80 yards.
–McNeill is 77 yards shy of having the most receiving yards in a single season since Jovon Bouknight had 1,116 in 2005.
–Claiborne also is returning kickoffs and splitting time with sophomore cornerback Blair Burns returning punts.
–Rufran already has more receiving yards and touchdowns this season than he did in 13 games last season (402) and (2).
–Miller can play receiver, running back and now is returning kickoffs with Claiborne.
“We’re probably as strong at receiver right now as we’ve been since I’ve been here,” Christensen said. “Nice thing about all those different players getting touchdowns and catching the ball is that we’re spreading it out. That makes it more difficult to defend, especially in this spread offense.”
Christensen also likes three freshmen he’s redshirting this season: Nico Brown (6-3, 200), Eric Nzeocha (6-1, 200) and Trent Sewell (6-2, 197).
“They are going to be bigger and more physical receivers than we have now,” Christensen said. “I think we’re finally getting the type of personnel we want at that position. I’m pleased at now, but it could be even stronger next year.”
See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and go to www.wyosports.net for more UW football coverage. There you will find out why the Cowboys continue to give up big plays on defense, the latest injury news and why the team ran for only 55 yards in its 28-23 win at New Mexico last Saturday.