SMU Wide Receiver Pre-Season Review

Emmanuel Sanders

When you're a receiver at Southern Methodist University for June Jones the question is not if you will get the ball, the question is what will one do after the catch? PonyStampede.com caught up with new wide receiver coach, Jeff Reinebold, to do our pre-season position review. According to the veteran coach, he is very excited about coaching this group of wide receivers.

When you're a receiver at Southern Methodist University for June Jones the question is not if you will get the ball, the question is what will one do after the catch?

In Jones' high powered offense, receivers get their fair share of action.

PonyStampede.com caught up with new wide receiver coach, Jeff Reinebold, to do our pre-season position review. According to the veteran coach, he is very excited about coaching this group of wide receivers.

"I was pleasantly surprised upon arrival here to see we had more talent than I really expected to have here," Reinebold admits. "Our offensive system is unique. It takes a team effort from all eleven players, and there isn't any one position that has to be more productive for the offense to be successful."

Reinebold points out that everything starts up front with the offensive line. Protection is a must. The running back also is counted on to pass block a lot and the quarterback has to make great decisions. It's up to his group of players to make things happen when they get the football.

"It's all about what they are going to do with it once they catch the ball," Reinebold said. "It's very important to make explosive things happen with the football."

Reinebold will be the first to admit that a wide receiver for Coach Jones and this offense has to be a mentally and physically tough athlete.

"Here you have to be physically gifted but you also have to be mentally and physically tough," Reinebold said. "In this offense a wide out has run their routes hard for 85 plays. They have to be in great shape."

Jones echoed that sentiment in an earlier interview when he said that he relies on four wide receivers to make it through an entire game.

"In this offense we mainly play the best four wide receivers," Jones said. "We don't rotate that position out very much at all."

One athlete that has put himself in good shape both physically and as far as playing time is junior Emmanuel Sanders.

"Emmanuel has done a great job with the off season program," Reinebold said. "He has taken a leadership role in teaching the younger guys and showing them by example with his great work ethic."

Sanders appears to be in the best shape of his life, something that Reinebold has noticed from a lot of his receivers.

"All the guys have really taken our off season program seriously," Reinebold said. "They all need to be in the best shape of their lives."

Reinebold feels that one side of the four wide receiver set is in good shape with Sanders and Aldrick Robinson at the H and X positions.

While two guys have shown signs of greatness in the spring on the other side, Reinebold is looking for more consistency during fall camp.

Josh Bryant and Zach Zimmerman are working at Y and Z positions.

"Josh and Zach have shown flashes of greatness at times," Reinebold admits. "We just have to be more consistent. Both have battled injuries in the spring. That's another way wide outs have to be tough. They have to battle through injuries, soreness and fatigue."

Another athlete that is expected to contribute and battle for a starting role is Bradley Haynes. Other upper classmen include Jim Beckner, Phillip Burley, Bruce Greenberg, Jessie Henderson, La Cori' Johnson, Kyle Sullivan, and Simeon Thomas. Reinebold is also excited about a large group of incoming freshmen who will get an opportunity to contribute this fall.

"Each of them has the tools to play or we wouldn't have recruited them," Reinebold said. "Some will have to adjust to playing a new position while the others will have to adjust to the differences of playing D1 football. It's all about who grows up the fastest."

E.J. Drewery, Cole Beasley, B.J. Lee, Cole Loftin, Bryce Lunday, and Quincey Whittington all are expected to get an opportunity to contribute during fall camp.

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