Justin Amundsen So* 5-10 178 Federal Way WA 0 catches
Diminutive Receiver from Wulff's first class. Never seen him outside of some special teams work, and the depth and talent of our receivers say we likely never will.
Isiah Barton Jr 6-1 190 CA 15 catches, 128 yds, 8.5 yds/rec, 0 tds
Barton has done some good things for this team, both as a receiver and as a return man. He hasn't had the most consistent hands and doesn't seem to have a great rapport with Tuel, but he is a steady kick returner and has made some big plays for the offense. Hopefully he improves offensively and can make serious contributions.
Daniel Blackledge Sr 5-11 181 Co 23 rec, 324 yds, 14.1 yds/rec, 2 tds
Blackledge has gotten open with some consistency this year, but his hands have hurt him at times. Still, he is a big time threat from the slot who gains his yards in serious chunks when he hauls in the pass. He will be gone next year, and he has been a great Coug.
Blair Bomber 5-8 160 Fr (shirting) Lynden, WA 0 catches
One thing I know about Blair Bomber is that he is going to compete in everything he does. I've known Blair and his family most of my life, and Blair is simply a worker. I am unsure if this work will full overcome some of his size issues, but he is highly skilled and has killer speed.
Bennett Bontemps 5-11 188 (walk on) Puyallup, WA 0 catches
Bennett has been a good get so far as a walk on. He has done well on special teams and actually saw the field against Cal when our receivers were banged up, though he didn't log any catches.
Austin Ehlo FR 6-2 194 Spokane WA 0 catches
Ehlo has looked pretty good on the scout team so far this year, at least when I have watched practice. Not eye popping, but consistent and Halliday likes throwing the ball his way.
Jared Karstetter Jr 6-4 208 Spokane, WA 54 catches, 587 yards, 10.9 yds/rec, 6 tds
He Went to Jared!! And boy has Tuel ever! Karstetter leads the team in catches and touchdowns, and has been a chain moving machine. It seems like every time we are in third and long that ball is going to Karstetter, and it seems like he catches everything within reach. He has been the most productive receiver the last two years, and has been a great local find. He has one dominant physical talent in his size, but is far from a burner, is not very quick and has moderate hops. However, he runs excellent routes and exploits his dominant physical talent on a consistent basis. He doesn't need to get separation to be open, he can just shield the DB away because he is 6 inches taller and 30 pounds heavier. And he has sticky, sticky fingers.
Bobby Ratliff Fr (Shirting) 6-1 185 CA 0 catches
Ratliff was a serious head turner in camp this year, but not quite as much as Wilson so Ratliff donned the shirt this year, a great thing for this team in the future. He has decent size, is explosively fast and has good hands.
Gino Simone So 6-1 187 Sammamish Wa 13 catches, 132 yds, 10.2 yds/rec, 0 tds
Gino has been plagued by injuries this year and we have missed our Slot Machine. While he has been healthy enough to play at times this year, his lingering hamstring issues have slowed him, as have concussions and I believe a shoulder issue. He has made some big time catches this year and I hope he is fully recovered and ready to bang against UW.
Jeffrey Solomon Sr* 6-0 200 Seattle, Wa 17 catches, 236 yds, 13.9 yds/rec, 1 td
Solomon was putting together a pretty nice year before being sidelined with injuries. His hands looked the best they ever have and he was getting open consistently and doing the kinds of things on the field that you need from your Seniors. He blocked, ran hard routes and CAUGHT THE FRIGGIN BALL! He is another guy we could really use healthy and ready by the apple cup.
Kristoff Williams Fr (Shirting) CA 0 catches
Kristoff was a guy that the staff really wanted to get on the field this year, but a nasty case of turf toe kept him on the sidelines long enough that we put the shirt on him. Like Ratliff, this will be a good thing for the team down the road. Kristoff is physical and explosive. He runs routes and catches like a WR but once he has the ball he is all power and ferocity. This guy is going to murder some DB's over the years and will be a fun player to watch.
Marquess Wilson Fr 6-3 173 CA 51 catches, 968 yds, 19 yds/rec, 5 tds
Marquess has been arguably the most explosive and impactful freshman in the history of WSU. He is tall, deceptively fast and I have never seen better ball skills since, well, ever. He has a ridiculous ability to high point the ball and to secure it in under pressure. He has had a couple of drops this year (at least 2 were td's) but the kid just turned 18 and it is not like he is plagued with the dropsies, he just missed a couple and they were in big time situations. Marquess is going to be a very special player in WSU history, and I am very excited to see him grow up. Here's hoping he runs all over the UW secondary and gets up over 1000 yards on the year.
2010 Production: Our WR's have been our best and most consistent group on this team. A solid mixture of experience and youth, group has consistently gotten open and most importantly, caught the ball at a high rate. Wilson stretches the field, Karstetter moves the chains and converts in the RZ while our slot guys work the middle and have made some huge plays. Being a WR in a spread is not easy. It is all running and no resting. Just ran a post 40 yds and Tuel threw it underneath? Better be ready for another post. At a school with a long history of great WR's, I would put this group up against any of them and I think they hold their own.
2011 Outlook: We bring in 3 new guys in Henry Eaddy, Isiah Myers and Dominique Williams. Eaddy is a diminutive speedster, Myers looks like a future slot guy and Williams is a big, physical receiver for the outside. We are going to lose Solomon and Blackledge, but everyone else returns for 2011. Guys like Blair Bomber, Bobby Ratliff and Kristoff Williams will be coming off their redshirt and will likely force the shirt on Eaddy and Myers. I am unsure if Williams is ready to play or if he can force his way into the rotation, but big guys like him don't come around all the time and he could add another dynamic threat to this squad. I think that next year Wilson and Karstetter start at the split end with Gino and Barton in the slot. Kristoff and Ratliff get backup snaps at both positions, while D Williams is the primary backup at Split end and Blair Bomber rounds out the group of 8 receivers getting on the field next year. This is the deepest and most talented group on the team, and very few times at WSU has any position had the kind of depth of talent that this group has. Expect big things from our receivers next year, and I have a suspicion we will be watching big things on Sunday's from a lot of these guys.