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Mississippi State Wideouts: 2019 Edition

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Receivers are essential weapons in the SEC, as the Bulldogs may just have unrivaled talent to show off this come fall.

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In year two of the Moorhead era, the Bulldogs’ receiving corps will be heavily relied on to make an impact, and it starts with four upperclassmen.

Stephen Guidry

Guidry, who boasts size at 6-foot-4 inches, can match up with any corner and own the sidelines. In his junior season, Guidry had 19 receptions which resulted in 440 yards and three touchdowns. His longest of the 19 went for 84 yards. Guidry averaged 23.2 yards per catch, 33.8 per game.

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Expect each of these numbers to skyrocket, as Moorhead should utilize Guidry in a multitude of schemes. At his height coupled with athleticism and experience, Guidry is set to become the Bulldogs’ lethal threat on the outside. Look for Guidry to find the end zone in double digits.

Deddrick Thomas

We see it time and time again in today’s college football, as a formidable slot receiver can be deemed a must. Thomas has second to none speed but must hold on to the ball. Opportunistic and unafraid, his leadership will be infectious amongst teammates. This past season, Thomas posted 256 yards on 19 receptions in 13 games, having found the end zone twice.

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Expect Thomas to be much more apparent in this year’s offense, as Moorhead has a Swiss army knife at his disposal. Thomas should have his share of targets. Though he is a bit undersized, Thomas’ speed will make up for it.

OSIRUS MITCHELL

Standing at 6-foot-5 inches and 210 pounds, Mitchell is a versatile nightmare for the opposition. Mitchell is a go-getter and can sky for any ball. Fresh off a breakout season, his 2018 stat line reads 26 receptions for 427 yards and four touchdowns. Like Guidry, Mitchell’s longest reception went for 84 yards. Having averaged 16.4 yards per catch and 32.8 per game, Mitchell may just be the Bulldogs’ new number one wideout.

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What separates Mitchell from many SEC receivers is that he simply takes care of the football. While his numbers will elevate, Mitchell can be counted on in any situation. Look for Mitchell to make his presence felt early.

Isaiah Zuber

Last but certainly not least is Zuber, a graduate transfer from Kansas State. He is physical and a gifted athlete. A plus thousand yard receiver with the Wildcats, Zuber brings impressive stats to Starkville. In addition to his 1321 yards on 127 receptions, Zuber accumulated 11 touchdowns throughout his tenure in Manhattan.

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He can stretch the field and be a spark plug. Furthermore, Zuber will be a factor in special teams, hence his speed. He and Mitchell should be the this year’s headliners at receiver.

Overall, this group is a hit or miss. If able to limit turnovers and win one on one battles, expect big things from these four.

Hail State!