2014 Preview: Options Aplenty at WR
Aug. 15, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas -- GoFrogs.com continues its preview of the 2014 TCU football team with a look at the wide receivers.
The Horned Frogs return a strong nucleus of players at the position.
Josh Doctson (6-4, 190, Jr.), who tied for the TCU lead last season with 36 receptions, entered the fall in a first-team position at the Z spot.
Doctson had a team-best 440 receiving yards to go with four touchdowns. A Wyoming transfer, he became the first player in TCU history to score a touchdown for the Horned Frogs after scoring one against them (Wyoming, 2011).
Doctson had 27 receptions in the final five games after totaling nine grabs in the opening seven contests. He had a career-high eight catches for 92 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown, against West Virginia.
Backing up Doctson is Jordan Moore (6-3, 221, Jr.), a Big 12 track and field champion in the 60- and 110-meter hurdles.
Moore is a converted tailback who had an impressive spring after being moved to receiver. He ran for 87 yards while adding two receptions last season.
David Porter (6-0, 197, Sr.) had a breakout season in 2013 and began fall camp No. 1 at the Y position.
Porter had a team-best five receiving touchdowns, while his 26 catches nearly tripled the total (nine) from his first two seasons combined. His 435 yards narrowly trailed Doctson for the team lead.
Porter had 18 receptions over the final five games after totaling just eight catches in the opening seven contests. His first career 100-yard receiving game came in the 27-17 win over Kansas, when he had four receptions for 118 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown on the opening play of the second half.
Echols-Luper earned Freshman All-America honors as a punt returner. He totaled four receptions on the season while also completing both his pass attempts for 49 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown against Texas.
Gilbert is a converted tight end. He played in just two games last season before being sidelined by injury.
Slanina totaled 19 receptions as a true freshman in 2013. He had a season-best and team-high six grabs at Oklahoma, while his 20-yard touchdown catch versus SMU provided the Horned Frogs with their go-ahead score in the game.
Gray split time last season between receiver and cornerback. He was second on TCU with his 19.5-yard average on eight receptions. In the Horned Frogs' 21-17 win at Iowa State, Gray started at cornerback for injured All-American Jason Verrett and did not allow a reception.
Story averaged a team-best 21.7 yards per catch on his seven receptions for the year. He closed the campaign with a season-best three catches against Baylor.
Listenbee is a two-year letterman with three career receptions. He's also a sprinter for the TCU track and field team.
The Horned Frogs have also assembled a talented group of incoming freshmen in four-star signees Corey McBride (6-1, 190, Fr.) and Emanuel Porter (6-4, 190, Fr.) along with Andre Petties-Wilson (6-1, 195, Fr.) and Desmon White (5-7, 150, Fr.).
McBride, from Dutchtown, La., was ranked as the No. 6 wide receiver in Louisiana last year. Porter, who didn't play football until his junior year at Dallas Lincoln High School, was ranked ninth among receives in the state and 54th nationally.
Petties-Wilson had 72 receptions for 1,187 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior for Mission Bay High School in San Diego. White, from nearby DeSoto, was the Associated Press 5A Player of the Year and District 7-5A Most Valuable Player as a dual-threat quarterback.
Charlie Reid (6-4, 255, RFr.) is a converted tight end who also figures into the mix at receiver.
BY THE NUMBERS:
1 - Horned Frogs to score a touchdown against TCU in game action (Josh Doctson had a 7-yard touchdown grab as part of three catches for 43 yards for Wyoming against TCU in 2011)
2 - Big 12 track and field championships (60- and 110-meter hurdles) won by Jordan Moore last year
100.0 - Completion percentage for Cameron Echols-Luper on his two pass attempts for 49 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown, last season
160 - A TCU single-game record for punt return yards by Deante' Gray in his collegiate debut in the 2012 season opener versus Grambling State