2012 Louisville Football Outlook: Wide Receivers

Perhaps the most experienced unit on the team, Louisville returns three players who have started games at wide receiver, including its top receiver in sophomore Eli Rogers.

Rogers led the Cardinals in receiving with 41 receptions for 454 yards and a touchdown. He gave the Cardinals a weapon in the middle and down the field. He caught a career-high seven passes for 106 yards versus Cincinnati. He will battle with dependable senior Scott Radcliff for the starting role, but both players will see a great deal of playing time. Radcliff caught eight passes for 83 yards last season, but is coming off a great spring game with nine receptions. Sophomore Kai Dominguez is a talented, but inexperienced wide receiver, who needs to mature and add depth to H-receiver position. Florida transfer Robert Clark will sit out this season, but will be relied on in 2013.

Junior Damian Copeland is a speedy and talented wide receiver who has been unable to stay healthy throughout his career. However, Copeland had a positive spring and looks like he could be ready to be a player who helps strengthen this unit. Junior Jarrett Davis is a versatile option for the Cardinals and played 12 games last season. Davis, who caught a career-high 12 passes for 102 yards last year, had a productive spring and could increase his output in 2012.

Sophomore DeVante Parker was a big play wide receiver, recording a team-high six touchdowns in 18 catches. Parker averaged 16.2 yards per reception and made a number of long receptions down the field. He will look to be a bigger part in the offense and this spring went a long way in his development. Senior Andrell Smith is a fourth year senior who has been steady at the wide receiver position, recording 36 receptions for 584 yards during his career. While catching 11 passes for 207 yards last season, Smith had a good spring and looks ready to have his best season in 2012. Matt Milton is a big, athletic receiver who transferred from Tennessee and will sit out this season.

Newcomer Bryce McNeal, a senior transfer from Clemson, is also expected to provide depth for the Cardinals at the wide receiver position this fall.

Sophomore Michaelee Harris was another of the Cardinals’ top returning receivers before a preseason camp injury ended his 2012 season before it started. In 2011, he finished second on the team in receiving with 37 receptions for 455 yards and a pair of scores in the first 12 games before tearing his ACL in the practices leading up to the bowl game. Harris sat out all of spring practice.

Portions of the position outlook courtesy of 2012 Louisville Football Media Guide

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