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The Lunch’s post-spring football review: Receivers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Gold & Blue Lunch Report continues our post-spring positional look at West Virginia football. Today we rank the West Virginia receivers for 2016:

1. Shelton Gibson (redshirt junior): Blazing feed. Aficionado of home-run throws. His 24 yards-per-catch ranked second nationally in 2015. Still fights some intermediate throws.

2. Daikiel Shorts (senior): Steady producer since the day he stepped on campus, though only one of his 113 catches has gone for more than 30 yards.

3. Ka’Raun White (redshirt junior): Fast enough to get deep. Strong enough to wrestle passes in traffic. Should triple the 15 catches he made last season when he missed parts of four games with an injured shoulder.

4. Gary Jennings (sophomore): Made seven catches as a freshman before helping himself with a big spring. Tall but brawny wideout who is another deep threat.

5. Jovon Durante (sophomore): Quickest receiver on the roster has tremendous body control, but must work his way out of the doghouse after a 25-catch rookie campaign tempered by too many drops. Missed the Cactus Bowl due to academic issues and was suspended for spring.

6. Steven Smothers (freshman): Hold off on the Tavon comparisons. Wait, don’t hold off, because this recruit has been a longtime apprentice of Tavon and has big-time twitch in the slot.

7. David Sills (sophomore): Made seven catches including two scores after jumping into the position midseason. Figures to continue taking quarterback reps as WVU wants to be prepared for a doomsday barrage of injuries.

8. Marcus Simms (freshman): Generated buzz with an impressive spring, but doesn’t figure to climb over others for playing time. Then again, Dana Holgorsen has been known to promote the random third-stringer to starter on any given Saturday.


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