Feature on UH’s WRs

About how he asked a trainer to cut off the tape wrapped around his cleats after the scrimmage, Jovonte Taylor said:
“They’re burning up.” (HA)

About how he saw steam coming from the turf when he first approaches the artificial surface, Rodney Bradley (who is from Texas) said:
“I’m like, ‘that can’t be a heatwave?’ I thought I was back home. It was kind of hot.” (HA)

About how they are deep in quality WRs, Craig Stutzmann said:
“You look a lot better as a coach when you’ve got the thoroughbreds. The players we had last year did a good job. But this year we’ve got more overall speed, more depth. We’ve got guys who can flat-out run.” (HA)

HA Note: “Bradley, who enrolled at UH in January after transferring from Navarro College, is capable of running 40 yards in under 4.4 seconds. He also had a long scoring catch in last week’s scrimmage on Maui. His progress will enable Salas, last year’ No. 1 left wideout, to play left slotback.”

About how he wasn’t at his best during the scrimmage, Bradley said:
“I’ll let you in on a little secret: I was tired.” (HA)

HA Note: “Taylor missed the final 2 1/2 months of the 2008 season after suffering from a viral infection. He lost 25 pounds, and was forced to withdraw from school.”

About how he’s over his health problem from last season, Taylor said:
“I’m healthy. I got all of my weight back. I got my strength back. My legs are strong. I’m ready to go.” (HA)

About how he does not get many opportunities as their #3 right wideout (behind Lane and Pollard), Taylor said:
“The ball usually goes to the slot receivers.” (HA)

About catching Shane Austin’s pass for a long TD in the scrimmage, Taylor said:
“When I saw (Austin’s pass), I had to accelerate to get it. I went up and grabbed it.” (HA)

HA Note: “UH coach Greg McMackin said improving overall speed was one of his goals when he was hired in January 2008. McMackin brought in five speedy receivers last year — Taylor, Blount, Henry, Mike Tinoco and Craig Bell. All redshirted.”

About redshirting the WRs he brought in before last season, Mac said:
“We wanted to give them an extra year to learn the system.” (HA)

HA Note: “Bradley and Billy Ray Stutzmann, who completed his studies at Saint Louis School a semester early, enrolled in January, enabling them to participate in the offseason conditioning program and spring training.”

About going for more speed at WR, Mac said:
“We’re going to evolve to a speed team.” (HA)

About their depth at receiver, Henry said:
“We have a lot of depth at each (receiver) position. Everyone is trying to prove themselves. It’s friendly competition, but we’re all trying to make plays.” (HA)

About how they have a few hundred people watching their scrimmage, Stutzmann said:
“When there’s a crowd out there, some people take a step back. It was good to see we had some guys step up. If we can continue that, and make strides in training camp and going into the first game, we’re going to have a very good receiving corps.” (HA)

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