TOWSON, Md. - All during the Spring, Coach Rob Ambrose got excited when the topic of the Tigers' wide receivers was mentioned.
Although the Tigers lost All-Colonial Athletic Association selection Hakeem Moore to graduation, Coach Ambrose has three veterans returning who combined to catch 83 passes for 840 yards and four touchdowns.
"The competition for playing time at wide receiver is very intense," says the Tiger coach. "We have a lot of guys who can be productive. It's a good situation to have."
Junior Erron Banks was the Tigers' top receiver last season. He caught 40 passes for 334 yards in 2010. Junior Tom Ryan returns after catching 26 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns in six games. Another junior, Alex Blake, was one of the team's top deep threat with 17 receptions for 261 yards and a pair of TD's.
In addition, senior Kyle Moore and junior Sherman Greene return as veterans while a talented group of newcomers add talent and depth to the roster.
"Our wide receivers are a great bunch of student-athletes," says Dassin Blackwell, the Tigers' Wide Receivers Coach. "They have a fantastic relationship with each other. The older players are teaching the younger kids.
"We are really jelling as a group," he added.
Coach Blackwell also said, "Football is a game of using everything that you have. As coaches, our job is to get those players to use all of their assets."
The Tigers, who held their first practice in pads on Friday afternoon, return to practice on Saturday afternoon.