Aggie football kicks off spring camp today and will begin to sort out the open positions. With several departing starters on both offense and defense, returning letterman and incoming freshman will have a chance to lay claim to those vacancies. Today we look at Wide Receiver (H).
One of the slot receiver positions is being vacated by departing senior Malcome Kennedy. Whoever steps in to replace him will have huge shoes to fill as Kennedy led the team in receptions (53), and was second on the team in yards (611) and touchdowns (6). Vying for the open position will be senior Sabian Holmes, junior LaQuivionte Gonzales, and true freshman Christian Kirk.
While Sabian Holmes played the 2014 season backing up Ricky Seals-Jones, moving from (Y) receiver to (H) could be his best chance at starting before he graduates. He saw action in the first 8 games and the bowl game, but missed the final 4 regular season games. His absence was primarily due to inconsistencies with catching and an inability to step up when Malcome Kennedy was injured. Over the season, he caught 13 passes for 197 yards and 2 touchdowns.
“Quiv” Gonzales has had an interesting career at A&M so far. Blessed with incredible speed, the 4-star recruit out of highschool bypassed a redshirt year and notched 21 receptions and 240 yards for the Aggies in 2013. However, those numbers seriously dipped in 2014 (5 receptions and only 77 yards). Him being listed as backups for both punt return and kickoff return is a testament to that talent and speed. However, it’s now or never for him to carve out a role in this receiving corps. He will need to have a big spring camp to claim the opening position.
Last but not least, highly touted 5-star recruit Christian Kirk arrived on campus for the spring semester. He is already taking classes and working out with the team. But perhaps most important, he will be able to go through spring camp and lock down that open position early. Kirk set the Arizona state record for career receiving yards with a total of 3,943. And with 203 catches and 52 touchdowns over his high school career, he is averaging 19.4 yards per catch and scoring a touchdown once every 4 receptions. Like Speedy Noil last year, Kirk is expected to come in and make an immediate impact. Should he be able to replicate his high school productivity at the next level, expect him to lock down the open position.
Winner: Christian Kirk