July 27, 2006

A&M boasts deep receiving corps

In 2005 the Texas A&M football team had a load of experience at wide receiver, but losing two of their top receivers early in the season due to injury, and Chad Schroeder later in the year, put a damper on things at the position.

But those injuries allowed some of the younger Aggie receivers to gain vital experience. They will return along with the 2005 casualty list, giving the Aggies perhaps the deepest receiving corps in the Big 12 conference.

Combine them with the depth seen at running back and Stephen McGee's ability to run and pass, and this could turn into the most balanced, and feared, offense ever seen at A&M.

L'Tydrick Riley - Senior

Riley went down in training camp and had to miss the entire 2005 season, but after gaining a medical redshirt the 6-foot-2, 238-pound senior will be back on Kyle Field for one more season.

Riley is the ultimate possession receiver - a guy who has absolutely great hands, is big and has the ability to break tackles for extra yards after the catch. He isn't a burner as some of his counterparts, but he should be one of McGee's favorite targets, especially in short-yardage situations.

Earvin Taylor - Junior

Taylor went down with a broken leg in the third game of 2005 against Texas State and earned a medical redshirt season from the NCAA allowing him to have another go at a junior campaign.

The 6-foot-3, 244-pound Taylor is built a lot like Riley, and has the same attributes as well with good hands and a big frame. Taylor, who did not redshirt as a freshman, was poised to have a breakout season in 2005 before the injury sidelined him. Could 2006 prove to be that breakthrough?

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