CHARLESTON, S.C. – Throughout fall camp, we'll provide positional previews of Charleston Southern's 2018 team. Today, we take a look at the wide receivers.
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Three Things to Watch
Block like big, strong guys
In Kameron Brown, Saire Davis and Kenny Dinkins, CSU has three wideouts that look the part of Division I athletes. The trio's length and strength come in handy, as their perimeter blocking is key to springing CSU's option-based running game.
"The thing I tell these guys is we have a lot of big, strong guys in our group so we need to block like big, strong guys," said wide receivers coach Brad Robbins. "Kenny, Sai and Kam know they have to play with technique but also know the good Lord blessed them with physical traits to be good blockers. We want to really get after people on the perimeter this year."
CSU ranked ninth nationally in yards per completion last season, and third in 2016. The Bucs want to combine a physical, ball-control running game with a passing attack that can make opponents pay for keying too heavily on the run. Kameron Brown has been at the forefront of the latter, with 19 of his 47 career catches going for 20 yards or more. Robbins has challenged Brown to pair his significant athletic gifts with mastery of receiving ins and outs.
"Obviously he's a very big guy, has good body control and good ball skills," Robbins said. "The big thing for him is really focusing on the details of routes. Top of the route, when he gets man-to-man situations, that's important so he can use the proper technique and go up and get the football."
Versatility in the slot
Geoffrey Wall and Taz Lindsey have speed and play-making ability that can aid the ground game and aerial attack. Wall has primarily touched the ball as a pass-catcher, and has some of the best speed on the unit along with Kenny Dinkins and freshman Tyree Baptiste. Lindsey emerged as a special teams stalwart last season, earning second-team all-conference honors at punt returner. A solid offseason and strong camp gives the shifty Feather River College transfer a chance to be a bigger factor in the Bucs' offense this year.
"Geoffrey and Taz are definitely a big part of the pitch phase but also the passing game as well," Robbins said. "They both have really good feet and have improved their route running."
Player Spotlight – Saire Davis
4 – CSU ranked fourth in the Big South in passing offense last season, averaging 126.7 yards per game. A group of veteran receivers and the growth of quarterback London Johnson has CSU optimistic it can be more prolific through the air.
21.0 – Career yards per catch for Kameron Brown. He has led the Big South and ranked top-ten nationally in that category each of his first two seasons.
9 – Nine of Saire Davis's 12 receptions last season came in the Bucs' final five games. A strong end to 2017 has the Bucs' hopeful Davis can put it all together in 2018.
CSU continues practice today before holding its second scrimmage of fall camp Saturday at 7:30 p.m.