Does Size Matter???

(When it Comes to WR Recruits)

Ok, get your minds out of the gutter.  I started thinking about this subject more since we picked up Ge'Shun Harris since he is being compared to the failed experiments of Pittman and Carpenter quite a bit as they are all JUCO receivers.  I don't believe that is a fair comparison, so I did a little research on Gophers receivers since 2000.  I put together a list of the top receivers by year excluding TE's ( in order to make the list they had to have 35 or more receptions, not a super high number but productive) and the correlation is higher than I thought it would be even.

Year                                       Player                                            # of receptions                     Height

2000                                       Ron Johnson                                      59                                          6'3"

2001                                       Ron Johnson                                      56                                          

2002                                       Antoine Burns                                     44                                           6'1"

2003                                       Aaron Hosack                                     51                                           6'6"

2003                                       Jared Ellerson                                    44                                           6'1"

2004                                       Jared Ellserson                                  37          

2005                                       Ernie Wheelwright                              37                                           6'5"

2005                                       Logan Payne                                       37                                           6'2"

2006                                       Logan Payne                                       59

2007                                       Ernie Wheelwright                              66

2007                                       Eric Decker                                           67                                           6'3"

2008                                       Eric Decker                                           84

2009                                       Eric Decker                                           50

2010                                       MarQueis Gray                                     42                                           6'5"

2010                                       Da'Jon McKnight                                  48                                           6'3"

No receiver under 6'1" has caught 35 or more passes for the Gophers in the past 10 years.  Accuracy is a problem with college qb's (ahem...Weber) so having a bigger target who can go up and get the ball is more essential than having a burner and these numbers back that up pretty well. 

 Then, there is the other obvious advantage they have in blocking for the RB's.  The Broderick Smith transfer hurt us much more than Green being injured last year.  The other interesting note is that only Decker managed this many receptions for 3 years, which would lead me to believe it is a difficult position to  be productive as a freshmen or sophomore.

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