Grant talks about UW’s wide receivers

New Wyoming wide receivers coach Mike Grant hit the ground running when he was hired back in late January.

Mike Grant

Mike Grant

Grant has 22 years of experience as a college coach, and was on Nebraska’s staff as a graduate assistant when current UW coach Craig Bohl was an assistant with the Cornhuskers.

Grant has two veteran receivers to work with in seniors Tanner Gentry and Jake Maulhardt, and has liked what he’s seen from both so far this spring, and even going back to winter workouts.

I asked Grant about UW’s young receivers, and here’s what he said about sophomores James Price and Justice Murphy, along with redshirt freshman C.J. Johnson. Here’s what he said.

James Price

James Price

“Price has been doing a good job, and is going to have a bigger package (of plays) this season,” Grant said. “I asked him to slim down a little bit and he did.

“I coached C.J.’s dad at Nebraska. I felt old when first saw him. He’s along pretty good. I see a lot of movement from him in drills. His ball skills are pretty good. Tanner probably has the best hands out of the group. (Johnson) has great hand-eye coordination. Murphy has nice speed and is smooth.”

Last season, Price, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 208 pounds according to UW’s pre-spring depth chart, led UW’s young receives last season with 12 catches for 143 yards and one touchdown.

C.J. Johnson

C.J. Johnson

“My confidence been growing throughout the spring,” Price said. ” I tell myself confidence will translate to positive results on the field. I want to compete, be best receiver I can be, keep growing and feed off the older guys and coach Grant’s knowledge.”

For more on Grant and UW’s wide receivers, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.