Position Glance: Wide Receivers
Aug. 9, 2017

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Position Coach: JaMarcus Shephard

Returning Starters: None
Other Returning Letterwinners: Jarrett Burgess (Jr.), Malcolm Dotson (So.), Anthony Mahoungou (Sr.), Gregory Phillips (Sr.)
Others: Jackson Anthrop (R-Fr.), Keyron Catlett (Fr.), D'J Edwards, (Fr.), Benaiah Franklin (R-Fr.), Tyler Hamilton (Fr.), Corey Holmes (Jr.), Terry Wright (Jr.), Isaac Zico (Jr.)

At A Glance: The position group with the most opportunity to break through, as the Boilermakers lost all of their starters from 2016 to graduation. Phillips is the most experienced returning wide out, having appeared in 36 career games with eight starts. He has caught 40 passes for 465 yards and two touchdowns over the last three seasons. In his two seasons at Purdue, Mahougou has posted 21 receptions for 192 yards. Coach Brohm brought in junior college transfers Wright and Zico, along with Notre Dame graduate transfer Corey Holmes, to shore up the group.

Fun Fact: The Boilermakers are needing to replace 56 percent of the receptions, 65 percent of the receiving yards and 72 percent of the touchdowns just match Purdue’s last season totals. Jeff Brohm’s offense at Western Kentucky averaged 336 yards passing per game and 4,715 yards through the air for the season.

Shephard Says: "Our guys have no choice. They have to step up. Every single one of them. That is the requirement of the position and the mentality we are going to have. Everybody has to be able to perform at a certain level. I'm just pushing them all and we've had guys have some really good practices, but we have a ways to go before we're where we want to be."

Mahoungou Says: "For the wide receivers, we are looking for consistency. We have been able to increase separation, catch the football and finish the play. That's the emphasis - be consistent and finish the play all the time. We'll be more than fine when the season starts."

Practice Notes: The offense made progress during Wednesday's practice, head coach Jeff Brohm said. The team continues to emphasize competition at every position. The offense was able to connect on a handful of deep plays throughout Wednesday's practice. Mahoungou was among the guys to haul in a deep pass. The defense had its share of solid plays, especially among the front seven.




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