San Diego State Position Preview: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends
San Diego State wide receivers and tight ends are two solid guys at the top and a bunch of unknowns.
San Diego State has to replace two solid pieces on offense.
Going into the 2018 season San Diego State graduates Mikah Holder and David Wells, two trusted receivers. The options for quarterback Christian Chapman are slim, but Fred Trevillion (WR) and Parker Houston (TE) look to be the best pieces to replace Holder and Wells.
Ever since the change from Brady Hoke to Rocky Long, receivers haven’t been SDSU’s focus in recruiting nor on the field. Coach Long wants his receivers to emphasize blocking like Aztec great Kassim Osgood, who had a healthy career blocking on special teams for 12 years in the NFL.
Coach Long on his receivers this spring: “All of them have to learn to block better.”
Projected Starters: Fred Trevillion (WR), Tim Wilson (WR), Isiah Macklin (WR), Parker Houston (TE), Kahale Warring (TE)
Backups: Isaiah Richardson (WR), Ethan Dedeaux (WR), Liam Cabrera (WR), TJ Sullivan (WR), Chaz Collins (WR), Kyre Richardson (WR), Alex Wilson (TE), Shane Coleman (TE),
Expect Trevillion to be featured receiver much like Mikah Holder. Wilson slots to be the backup behind Trevillion, but expect Wilson and Macklin to fight for playing time throughout the season. Houston projects to be the featured tight end because of his blocking-abilities, but Warring has recorded more catches in his career than Houston. Wilson and Jacklin caught 9 balls combined in 2017 and look for more passes thrown their way in 2017.
When it comes to the backups some highlights include Dedeaux who looks to be the punt returner for the 2018 season going into summer camp. Otherwise, there’s a lot of Aztec receivers who are going to try to make a name for themselves when the time comes.
How They Improve
Creating separation in passing downs. Mikah Holder and David Wells were clutch for Christian Chapman in those roles. Yet, when you saw Chapman and the Aztecs struggle from behind it meant the rush wasn’t effective and Holder and Wells were blanketed. These guys have to be better at being aggressive going after 50/50 balls so that Chapman gives the receiver a chance at a play. Chapman has to have the confidence to make those kinds of throws, but there’s a shared responsibility by the receiver.
Besides the top of the list of Aztec probables, the underclassmen have to learn how to block in space. If the Aztecs can find success this season, their offensive guys have to look out for the backs. It’s a decent wide receiver & tight end group with a high ceiling for the Aztecs.