Spencer Wilkins is the Tigers' top returning receiver.
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Spencer Wilkins is the Tigers' top returning receiver.
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Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 03/30/2013

TOWSON, Md. - The Tigers held their second practice session of the spring season and it was another opportunity for the team's wide receivers to impress the coaching staff.

Of all the areas on the Tiger roster, the wide receivers were impacted by graduation as much as area.

Graduation claimed four of the team's top five wide receivers as Tom Ryan, Alex Blake, Gerrard Sheppard and Erron Banks finished their college careers. Those four combined for 115 receptions for 1,283 yards and nine touchdowns last season as the Tigers posted a 7-4 record and earned a share of their second straight Colonial Athletic Association championship.

"We lost a lot of experience and game knowledge when those four guys graduate," says Dassin Blackwell, the Tigers' Wide Receivers Coach. "Those guys were so familiar with the offense and with each other.

"However, what we gained is a group of guys who are hungry," he added. "We also picked up some speed and athleticism. This is a talented group and they've been waiting for their chance."

Junior Spencer Wilkins, a former walk-on, is the Tigers' top returning wide receiver. Last year, he caught 32 passes for 352 yards and one touchdown. His only TD catch of the season was a key reception because it came with seconds left in the first half of Towson's win at Villanova.

"Spencer did a great job," Blackwell says. "He has come a long way. He started here as a 'walk-on' and he worked his way into the lineup. It's not a surprise that he did that. But, he did it sooner than we expected. He is a very strong receiver with good hands and he has good football intellegence."

Senior Leon Kinnard could also make an impact this season. Last year, he caught 11 passes for 58 yards.

"Leon is an explosive player with very good hands," says Blackwell. "He also has a good level of football intellegence."

Sophomores Arione Scott and Mac Sanders should also compete for playing time. An outstanding kick return specialst, junior Derrick Joseph could also see action at wide receiver.

"We have a pretty good nucleus and it will be interesting to watch the way that this plays out," Blackwell added.

The Tigers return to the practice field on Tuesday morning at 5:30 a.m.


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