Spring 2022 Position Preview: Wide Receivers
One of the biggest question marks heading into this spring is the position of the wide receiver. There’s no doubt that Florida State has lacked talent and experience here in recent years. And it’s clear that Mike Norvell has made receiver a key position to improve after bringing in four guys through the transfer portal.
The ‘Noles have struggled to start their passing game since Norvell arrived. A season ago, FSU ranked 94th in passing yards per game. It’s less than ideal for a Mike Norvell offense. This season, Florida State hopes to return to being a dangerous offense with plenty of weapons.
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Andrew Parchment (24 receptions, 313 yards and 2 touchdowns) and Reggie Harden (Dustin/Logan: I don’t know if you wanted me to include it)
Scholarship: Keyshawn Helton, Malik McClain, Darion Williamson, Ja’Khi Douglas, Ontaria Wilson, Joshua Burrell, Jordan Young and Kentron Poitier.
Appearances: Anthony Weeden, De’Mon Henry and Fernando Padron.
Mycah Pittman, Deuce Spann, Johnny Wilson and Winston Wright Jr.
It’s no secret that wide receiver will be a huge position to watch this spring. Bringing in four guys through the transfer portal is a sign that the coaching staff needed to change some things in the reception hall.
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Right now, there aren’t many surefire starters for the ‘Noles at receiver. Winston Wright Jr. is a key guy who stands out among the mix. The transfer from West Virginia had 63 receptions for 688 yards and added five touchdowns. If there’s someone in this room to rely on, all signs point to Wright being that guy. One of the best road runners on the list with great hands and exceptional speed. We’ll know a lot more after spring, but I expect to see the junior wide in the starting lineup in Week 0.
One of the key returning receivers to watch in the spring will be No. 2 Malik McClain. McClain had a pretty promising freshman year a season ago. The statistics won’t show it, but the potential is exorbitant. At 6’4 and 200 pounds, McClain could be an offset for almost any corner in the ACC.
Another transfer we’ll be sure to watch is Mycah Pittman. The Oregon transfer wasn’t the guy who was promised out of high school. Yet much of this is not his fault. Pittman, who is the brother of Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman, has been a big social media personality since moving to the ‘Noles. And, while he may not reach his full potential as a receiver, he is a gifted comeback man and will help Florida State close a huge hole it had a season ago.
Keyshawn Helton’s career had its ups and downs as a Seminole. Originally signed here as a three-star, he showed great promise in his second year before suffering a season-ending injury. Since returning, Helton has only shown flashes of who he was before the injury. After several years of recovery, it will be interesting to see if the 5’9 wide receiver can be a key part for the ‘Noles this year.
Ja’Khi Douglas is another returning Seminole who could really find himself on offense this season with Florida State. Douglass bounced between running back and receiver during practice, but saw most of his work in the slot machine during games. He had his fair share of big plays for FSU last season, as many of you will remember his 60-yard touchdown against the Irish in Week 1 and his 59-yard reception against Miami to put in place the winning course for the ‘Noles. . Mike Norvell has said he’s wanted point guards since day one, and if Douglass continues to make big plays, I expect him to play a big role on offense this season.
Johnny Wilson is going to be a big guy to watch in the spring. And I mean literally Wilson is 6’7 and weighs 225 pounds. In an offense that has been thrown first in recent years, having receivers who can block is essential. And Wilson can do just that. Also, being 6’7 has its fair share of advantages, and I expect those to pay off in the red zone. We’ll see if Wilson has the potential to become a problem for opposing defenses in the spring. Although, even if he never reaches his ceiling, his forces should keep him in the rotation.
Ontario Wilson will be back for her 5th season with the ‘Noles this year. He’s been around long enough to have a great senior season. We saw his impressive ability to change direction and miss defenders, but he didn’t have great hands or show the ability to open up consistently. This will be his chance to change that, the only question is – will he?
Deuce Spann is the latest of the transfers to go through, and he’s thrilling. Spann is listed at 6’4, 195 and runs a legitimate 4.3 40. The Illinois transfer is brimming with potential, and with Mike Norvell’s experience with receivers, I expect to see Spann make an impact lasting on the Noles list for seasons. to come. He may not break the rotation early on, but expect to see plenty of Deuce Spann in the future. Maybe even in the middle and at the end of this season.
Darion Williamson is another returning youngster who could make an impact this year. He saw quite a bit of ground for a 3-star freshman last season and has a bit of a “why” going for him. Its progress will be monitored during the spring.
Joshua Burrell is another receiver on the roster that is brimming with potential. A leg injury derailed his freshman year. But Norvell was very impressed with him early last spring. We’ll see if he can have an even bigger impact when he’s healthy.
This may be the last chance for Jordan Young to prove to coaches that he can play at this level. It has all the tools, but we found some inability to remember games. Hopefully this spring it will turn the tide.
There are a lot of guys to watch at receiver this spring. With 8 scholarship players returning and 4 more added through the transfer portal, there are plenty of questions regarding Noles’ receiving core. One thing is for sure, Coach Norvell has a lot of potential in this room, and it will be exciting to watch him play.
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