Just 17 days until kick-off, we continue our UAB football positional previews with the wide receiver position.
What was once considered a question mark for this team, wide receiver is starting to look like the deepest position group for the Blazers.
There are a total of 19 guys listed as a wide receiver on UAB football’s roster. We aren’t going to mention everyone of them like we have in other previews, but I’ll mention the top ones.
First and foremost, is Colin Lisa. He may be small at 5-foot-10, 166 pounds, but the young man can catch the football. He’s been the best receiver in all of the scrimmages and is the one known commodity on this team.
Beyond him the position really is up for grabs … get it? But fortunately that group includes a lot of talent.
Next up is most likely Tennessee Tech transfer Brock McCoin. The 6-foot, 174 pound receiver was late arriving, but has a lot of potential. He’s roommates with starting quarterback A.J. Erdely, so that should help him catch-up … I’m killing it with the puns.
Both of those guys have big play potential, but I think we see Lisa in the slot with McCoin on the outside.
Another late arrival is 6-foot-5, 190 pound Justin Walker. Coming from Fullerton, Calif. Community College, the tall and speedy wideout will be fighting for playing time on the outside, and should help UAB spread the field.
Xavier Ubosi is another tall receiver at 6-foot-3, but is a bit more physical at 218 pounds. He’ll also be competing for a starting spot as an outside receiver.
You can add Ronnie Turner to that list of outside receivers as well at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds.
Andre Wilson, along with Turner, was hurt during the spring but should be able to compete for a spot as a slot receiver at 5-foot-9, 179 pounds.
Demetrius Davis was the only other true wide receiver on the Green team in the spring game to catch more than one pass (the other two players who caught two passes on the Green team were both tight ends).
Redshirt senior Wally Adams also had a catch for the Green team in the spring game and could be thrown into the mix.
Sederian Copeland began his UAB football career at quarterback, but was moved to wide receiver where he’s still making some adjustments. He’s competing for playing time as a slot receiver, and I think we see him run the ball from that position as well this year.
Unlike the running back position where most of the contributors are freshman, this is a deep group full of upperclassman. Of the guys mentioned above, only Davis is a freshman, while the rest are either a junior or a senior.
This group has really come a long way in a short time. Some of the late additions have certainly helped build the depth of this class and push the competition. I can’t wait to see who emerges on the field.