Young-Smith was a starter for us a few years ago and had highlight reel catches.
Vele is a guy who everyone is hyping up. I’m not buying into at this point. There is always that camp guy when everyone is looking for the next big thing that doesn’t ever translate to the field (Boyd, Young a few years ago, etc). That’s Vele for me. I’ll believe it when I see it and I don’t live in Utah anymore so I haven’t seen him but I never bought into Boyd watching him in practice (in fact, some 247 mods owe me food from some friendly wagers we made about Boyd).
Fotheringham is a receiving threat
Kincaid is a guy that is Ute fans do not appreciate. He is a HUGE transfer for us. He has NFL potential and will be a big factor in our offense. From Utah’s website:
“PRIOR TO UTAH: Played for the University of San Diego from 2018-19 … AP and Hero Sports All-American in 2019 … all-conference second-team honors as a sophomore … 44 receptions for 835 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019 … led all FCS tight ends in yards per catch in 2019 (18.98), ranking second among FCS tight ends in receiving yards (835) and receiving yards per game (69.6) … season-high 152 receiving yards on six catches with one TD at Cal Poly in 2019 … 374 receiving yards on 24 receptions with 11 touchdowns his freshman year … averaged 15.6 yards per catch in 2018 and 31.2 receiving yards per game … had four touchdowns and 87 yards at Nicholls State in 2018 … played just one year of high school football at Faith Lutheran HS in Las Vegas … earning all-state and all-conference … also played basketball.“
There is 8 players there. Plus we have Mataele, Green, Parks, and others that could fill in roles in the throw game.
So, while I’m not sure I buy the 8 deep narrative, this is by FAR the best WR group we’ve had in the PAC-12.
I hope you’re right but this is the 15th season in a row where the WR group is hyped to be the best ever. The WR group always has a bunch of names, and unknowns of high potential, take a look at our first season in PAC 12 for example…
Our WRs pre-season 2011:
Bryan Thompson - Kenneth Scott was as good or better, Thompson has more speed but Scott had durability and no huge drops.
Britain Covey - he’s very exciting but his numbers aren’t better than Dres Anderson, not even close. Dres had some bad drops but Covey is fumble prone.
Jaylen Dixon - Reggie Dunn
Solomon Enis - not a speedster, good hands, blocks, like Luke Matthews
Samson Nacua - Devontae Christopher
Devaughn Vele - high potential, but not higher than Josh Gordon
Tyrone Young-Smith - Anthony Denham, played in the NFL.
That still leaves Dexter Ransom who was an athletic freak, and Charles Henderson who was a solid contributor, and Quinton Pedroza was a decent recruit, Sean Fitzgerald was spring gamer, was seen as having potential at the time.