2013 Preview: Wide Receivers Look to Step Up

Brandon Carter

Brandon Carter

Aug. 12, 2013


FORT WORTH, Texas -- GoFrogs.com continues its preview of the 2013 TCU football team with a look at the wide receivers.

While none of the nine players who entered fall camp on the depth chart at wide receiver are seniors, there's still experience at the position. Adding to the corps are transfers Ja'Juan Story (6-4, 208, So.) and Josh Doctson (6-4, 190, So.).

Brandon Carter (5-11, 186, Jr.) is the top returning receiver after totaling 36 catches for 590 yards and six touchdowns last season. He had back-to-back 100-yard games in wins over Kansas and Virginia while also adding a touchdown pass in the second overtime in a 39-38 victory at West Virginia.

Carter's one-handed grab and subsequent run for a 68-yard touchdown against Virginia was the Play of the Day on ESPN's SportsCenter.

Carter appears on 2013 watch lists for the Biletnikoff Award and Paul Hornung Award.

LaDarius Brown (6-4, 220, So.), Cam White (6-3, 200, Jr.) and David Porter (6-0, 197, Jr.) joined Carter in first-team positions coming out of the spring.

With his five scoring grabs on 27 receptions, Brown ranked second among freshmen nationally last season with a touchdown every 5.4 catches. His five touchdowns were third on TCU while placing fourth in both receptions (27) and yards (385). He had a season-best seven catches for 67 yards and a touchdown at Oklahoma State.

White had 21 receptions for 284 yards. Both of his scoring grabs came in a 49-21 win at Baylor.

Porter played in all 13 games at receiver and on special teams. He had two catches for 18 yards. As a true freshman in 2011, he had a 19-yard touchdown reception at Baylor on his first collegiate snap.

Matt Brown (6-1, 190, Jr.) opened last season at wide receiver before returning to his original position of quarterback. An outstanding athlete, Brown rushed for six touchdowns on just 24 carries in 2011.

Story and Doctson both sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules.

After arriving at Florida as the ESPN.com No. 6-ranked wide receiver in the nation, Story was redshirted by the Gators. Doctson totaled 35 receptions for 393 yards and five touchdowns as a true freshman for Wyoming in 2011. He had three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown against TCU.

Kolby Listenbee (6-1, 183, So.), a high school quarterback at nearby Arlington Bowie High School, saw action as a true freshman last season. His first collegiate catch was a 59-yard grab against Michigan State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

After being utilized at cornerback last season, Deante' Gray (5-10, 175, So.) was moved in the spring to wide receiver. He was ranked as the No. 13 receiver in the nation while coming out of Houston Westside High School.

Gray made an immediate impact in his TCU debut when he returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown on his first collegiate touch in the season opener against Grambling State. Gray would go on to set a TCU single-game record with 160 punt return yards.

Cameron Echols-Luper (6-0, 190, Fr.) and Ty Slanina (6-0, 182, Fr.) are a pair of true freshmen who have impressed early in camp. Echols-Luper is the son of TCU wide receivers coach Curtis Luper.

BY THE NUMBERS:

1 - Horned Frogs to score a touchdown against TCU in game action (Josh Doctson had a 7-yard scoring reception as part of three catches for 43 yards for Wyoming against TCU in 2011)

2 - Preseason national award watch list appearances for Brandon Carter (Biletnikoff Award, Paul Hornung Award)

3 - Former TCU wide receivers active in the NFL (Josh Boyce, New England Patriots; Skye Dawson, Washington Redskins; Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets)

4 - Touchdown passes by Ty Slanina in the championship game to lead East Bernard High School to the 2A Division II state title last season

160 - Punt return yards by Deante' Gray in his collegiate debut last season to set a TCU single-game record


 

 


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