Spring Practice Preview -- Wide Receivers

March 22, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. -

Spring Football Preview  -- Wide Receivers


Here is what we know about the 2010 class of wide receivers that a new Beaver quarterback will be throwing to this season: Darrell Catchings can catch, Markus Wheaton can run, Jordan Bishop and Obum Gwacham can leap (see high jump results) and James Rodgers can do everything as far as anybody knows. 


That’s just a taste of the depth and experience head coach Mike Riley has for his arsenal at the wideout positions. 


The receiver corps has combined to earn 13 letters of experience, and only Rodgers is a senior. The group may be the most experienced in all of the Football Bowl Subdivision and certainly represent from top-to-bottom the most talented group of receivers in the Riley era.


If the spotlight is on one player, it’s senior flanker James Rodgers.  James already has 5,077 career all-purpose yards, the third-most in the nation for returning players, and will most likely own the school’s career record by the end of the first month of the season.  He also broke the school record for single season receptions last season with 91 and the All-American will no doubt be on the short list for Biletnikoff Award, handed to the nation’s premier wide receiver.


So, pick your poison as they say, as if the opponents are going to double team Rodgers, get ready for a healthy dose of Catchings, Wheaton and Bishop.  Catchings, a split end, enters spring with a new life so to speak as he was recently granted a medical hardship for last season (played in 2 games) and reverts back to a junior.  Wheaton is among the fastest players on the team and there is definitely a “1 and a 1A” on the depth chart according to Riley.  Bishop is simply one of the best overall athletes on the team and is sure to make some defensive coordinators sleepless when they think about him in the slot. 


Of course, that’s not all of the Beaver weapons at receiver.  Senior Aaron Nichols has quietly become a solid contributor at slot and sophomore Kevan Walker has some downs under his belt there as well.


And the freshmen class is, well, talented to say the least and has Associate Head Coach Jay Locey salivating at their prospects.   


The wide receivers have spent all winter in the Truax Indoor Center working with the quarterbacks, the big unveiling will be Mon., March 29 for the first day of spring practice.  Practices are open to the public and fans are encouraged to attend.


Check back daily for more position previews and once practice starts for recaps and interviews on Beaver Nation Online, the official audio/video source for Beaver Athletics.


Spring Practice Schedule (3-5 p.m.) – March 29, 31; April 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, May 1 (Spring Game/12:15 p.m.).


Depth Chart (as of March 22)



15       ***      Darrell Catchings             Jr.            5-11        164         Escondido, Calif.

OR 2   *         Markus Wheaton             So.          6-0          178         Chandler, Ariz.

18       *         Geno Munoz                    So.          6-0          193         Tacoma, Wash.

86                 Obum Gwacham             Fr.           6-5          218         Chino Hills, Calif.



23       *         Jordan Bishop                 So.          6-3          199         West Salem, Ore.

46       ***      Aaron Nichols                  Sr.           6-0          185         Honolulu, Hawai’i

 9         *         Kevan Walker                   So.          6-0          200         Pasadena, Calif.

21                 Mitch Singler                    Fr-RS      6-2          196         Medford, Ore.



  8        ***      James Rodgers               Sr.           5-7          188         Richmond, Texas           

81                 Micah Hatfield                  Fr-RS      6-0          162         Lake Oswego, Ore.

40                 Garett Hall                       Fr-RS      5-8          198         Olympia, Wash.

84                 Kevin Cummings              Fr.           6-0          168         Culver City, Calif.

*-equals letters earned




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