Monday's depth chart contained a couple of juicy little nuggets. There was Bridgeport native Dylan Tonkery playing his way into the starting Will linebacker role in David Long's absence, and Mike Daniels edging Elijah Battle as a starter at corner. The juiciest nugget of all though may have been seeing Reggie Roberson on the two-deep at X receiver.
For those of you who don't recognize that name yet, Roberson is a true freshman receiver out of Mesquite, TX. He was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school, rated as the 82nd best receiver nationally by ESPN after garnering District 11-6A First Team Offense and Special Teams MVP honors as a senior. The main reason I'm excited about him though, is that Reggie is fast:
Like, really fast. Highlights aside the guy has a 100m PR of 10.59, and pads or not that is absolutely flying. And with Jovon Durante deciding to join Joey Freshwater down at FAU and the ongoing suspension of Shelton Gibson heir apparent Marcus Simms, that speed makes Reggie a prime candidate for some earlier-than-expected playing time.
It's hard to overstate how important that deep threat role is in our offense. Gibson caught 80 balls for 1838 yards and 17 touchdowns over the past two seasons, finishing in the Top 5 nationally in yards per reception in both seasons. His ability to run by people and take the lid off the defense scared the hell out of teams. It was the main reason that a guy like Daikiel Shorts had so much room to operate underneath, and it also helped in the running game, where opposing teams could not in good conscience stack the box for fear of getting beat on the outside.
On paper, Reggie has all the makings of a capable successor. He already has the big-time speed and appears to be pretty good after the catch, and though I'm not exactly sure which schools Horn High School plays against in District 11, I can tell you that a 6A school in Dallas is very likely playing big-boy football, making me hopeful that his transition to the college game will go relatively smoothly. What remains to be seen now is whether or not he's learned the playbook, and perhaps even more importantly, whether or not he's been able to develop a working relationship with Will. He wasn't able to enroll in the spring so he may be a bit behind in that regard, but if the word out of camp is anything to go by, he's definitely somebody worth keeping an eye on as early as this weekend.