There have been a lot of questions surrounding the wide receiver positions during Minnesota's fall camp, but the receiving corps believes it has the tools to be effective. While battling some injuries this August, the group is working to piece together some depth.
"We feel good about what we've got going on," Isaac Fruechte said.
Fruechte: "We feel good about what we've got going on."
Fruechte and Derrick Engel, both transfers who played last season, are the team's most experienced receivers. KJ Maye played both running back and wide receiver last year, but will focus on receiver in 2013. Veterans Victor Keise and Logan Hutton have seen limited game action, but head coach Jerry Kill praised them for their work and leadership during fall camp.
The Gophers have Jamel Harbison back from last year's injury. They also have true freshmen Drew Wolitarsky and Donovahn Jones. Jones started out mostly doing quarterback work, but has begun taking more reps as a receiver.
Fruechte made his Minnesota debut at UNLV last year, making one catch. He foresees this year's opener being a lot different than last year's.
"I think we've changed so much since last year, since our first game," Fruechte said. "We're a different team now. We're bigger. We're faster. We're stronger. I think our offense will look different because of that. I think certain people's roles will be expanded."
Maye has shifted between different roles throughout camp. He has spent time in the slot and on the outside.
"I'm not intimidated at all," he said about lining up on the outside.
That is the attitude the Gopher receivers have taken about the season. Even though they have dealt with injuries, and even though they do not have a lot of combined experience, they feel they have what it takes to be a valuable part of the offense.