Allow me to speak a little optimism into this thread. I will also preface this with of course we need to see more consistency out of these guys, that goes without saying when discussing a roster that was this bad last year. But here are some of the guys that are being slightly undervalued.
QB: I’ve been on the Cade Fortin bandwagon since he transferred in. Going back and watching his UNC film, you can see why Jimbo liked this kid. I don’t think he has the ceiling to be a QF level impact player for us, but I do think he can be better than Barnett and others that have followed. This alone would be a massive improvement.
The QB play we got for a majority of last year wasn’t acceptable. I appreciate J Mac and Noah as ambassadors, but for a large part that was FCS level QB play at best. Upgrading even to average D1 QB play would massively raise the ceiling for this team.
WR: I genuinely think theres a decent amount of talent in this unit. It’s hard to really judge a lot of these guys based on last year with the QB play.
Latrell Williams is a legit talent. Elite speed, and showed flashes last year. With better QB play, I expect Latrell to become the primary playmaker in this unit. Ideally, he would probably be a #2 on a contending AAC roster, but the talent is legit and he fits the speed profile that has helped us in the past (MVS/Rodney/etc).
Omarion Dollison: Again, we saw the flashes last year. Juiced up slot WR who can be dangerous in space. Paired with Latrell, there’s at least a really nice speed element already with both on the field. Expect them to find ways to get OD the ball 5 times a game minimum.
Yusuf Terry: Transfer from Baylor. Went back and watched some film on him from last year...not a ton of reps available and their QB play wasn’t great either, but this kid is a legit D1 WR at minimum. Played meaningful snaps at Baylor as a freshman, made some nice plays on the ball and apparently their staff was very high on his future. Good size/speed combo. Route running was meh, but can absolutely be a zone beater and red zone threat.
At a minimum, Between Terry and Xavier Weaver, we should have a solid 2nd boundary option to compliment Latrell.
X Factor: Jimmy Horn Jr: Keeping on the speed thread, this kid can absolutely fly. Only a freshman so hard to expect too much from a production standpoint, but the staff loves him so expect to see him getting ST and specialized offensive reps.
2021 Depth Chart Prediction:
X: Latrell Williams
Y: Omarion Dollison / Bryce Miller
Z: Xavier Weaver / Yusuf Terry