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2013 Training Camp Position Preview: WR

August 1, 2013
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Throughout Liberty's preseason training camp, LibertyFlames.com will preview each position on the Flames' team, providing insight into the development of each group's players leading up to the Flames' season opener against Kent State on Aug. 29.

Today, we begin our position-by-position preview by looking at the Flames' wide receiver position, including insight from wide receivers coach Juan Taylor, junior Gabe Henderson and sophomore Darrin Peterson.

Wide Receiver

Unlike the quarterback and running back positions that saw the development of players for the future in 2012, the wide receiver position saw one of its top players in program history cap off a standout career before graduation.

Pat Kelly, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America first-team selection, was rookie quarterback Josh Woodrum's "go-to" wide receiver last year. Kelly benefited from the frequent looks, finishing off his senior season with 80 receptions (one short of tying a program record) for 857 yards and three touchdowns.

Kelly's senior year numbers, which helped him earn All-Big South first-team honors, allowed him to finish his career with 2,107 yards and become the fourth player in program history with 2,000 career receiving yards.
Kelly was not the only senior wideout on Liberty's roster last year, as Elliott Dutra (26 receptions, 278 yards, 1 TD) and Ryan Ferguson (22 receptions, 334 yards, 2 TDs) also graduated following the 2012 season.

All in all, five of Liberty's top six receivers from 2012 have graduated, a group that was responsible for 72.7 percent of Liberty's receptions (163 of 224) and 74.9 percent of the Flames' receiving yards (1,856 of 2,478) in 2012.

The returning player with the most receptions from 2012 is running back Aldreakis Allen (24 receptions, 160 yards, 1 TD), who sat out the second half of spring practice as he was suspended from the team. Fellow running back Desmond Rice is next on the list with eight receptions for 109 yards.

A group of young wide receivers will benefit from the experience Josh Woodrum gained in 2012 and look to develop into the signal caller's next top options.

Leading the way on the Flames' post spring depth chart are Jaquan Glover, Gabe Henderson, Darrin Peterson and Dante Shells.

Glover, Henderson and Peterson all saw increased playing time in 2012, with Peterson playing in 10 games, followed by nine for Glover and eight for Henderson.

Glover led the trio of players with seven receptions for 70 yards, followed by Henderson's five catches for 54 yards and Peterson's four receptions for 60 yards.

Peterson was the lone player in the group to find the end zone, doing so against Concord with a 41-yard scoring reception midway through the second quarter.

Wide Receiver Depth Chart

WR (X)
Darrin Peterson (So., 6-2, 190)
Jaquan Glover (R-Jr., 5-10, 190)
Branden Francis (Sr., 5-10, 165)
Justin Fritts (Fr., 6-2, 195)

WR (Z)
Dante Shells (R-So., 6-1, 175)
Damarcus Faison (R-Fr., 6-4, 190)
Isaac Brown (Fr., 6-3, 180)
Dakota Kelly (Fr., 5-11, 170)

WR (H)
Gabe Henderson (Jr., 5-11, 195)
Greg Pratt (Sr., 5-8, 160)
Zac Parker (Fr., 5-10, 175)
Malaki Roy (Fr., 5-10, 185)

Full Training Camp Position Preview Schedule:
Aug. 1 – Wide Receivers
Aug. 5 – Defensive Line
Aug. 7 – Quarterbacks
Aug. 10 – Linebackers
Aug. 12 – Tight Ends/Fullbacks
Aug. 14 – Safeties
Aug. 19 – Cornerbacks
Aug. 21 – Offensive Line
Aug. 23 – Special Teams
Aug. 25 – Running Backs