Army fell to Temple 33-14 on Saturday in Philadelphia. ArmySports.com's Jim Lawler grades the…
2013 Army Report Card: Wide Receivers
The focus for Army's wide receivers playing in a triple option offense is blocking on the perimeter. This year plebe receiver Xavier Moss played well as he led the team with 35 receptions for 463 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 13.2 yards per catch. Moss has good speed and can run past an unsuspecting cornerback. He's caught a 75-yard touchdown pass against Boston College and had a 51-yard reception against Morgan State. He has been open deep a few more times, like against Louisiana Tech, but Army's quarterbacks have failed to hit him. Moss needs to become a lot more consistent catching the ball. He had three drops against Navy and dropped too many balls this season. He did a nice job blocking on the perimeter up until the Navy game.
Junior Chevaughn Lawrence made ten receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. Lawrence is pure possession receiver without the ability to make a lot of yards after the catch. Lawrence has trouble adjusting to the ball in the air and doesn't seem to win any battles for the ball. He battled some nagging injuries this year but only missed one game. Lawrence is a solid blocker.
Backup wide receiver Anthony Stephens made ten catches for just 58 yards. Former starting wide receiver Patrick Laird didn't see as much time from scrimmage. He's more of a hybrid tight end and an excellent blocker. Laird caught only three passes this year but did have a 14-yard touchdown reception against Temple. Ejay Tucker was a solid blocker who lacked speed and hands. Plebe Edgar Poe appeared in three games and caught a 6-yard touchdown pass against Stanford. Poe should emerge as more of a factor with experience. At prep and practice he is a physical blocker with the ability to get open. Scott Williams had good hands and made a nice diving 9-yard catch against Stanford but was too slow to make an impact in the passing game.
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