Welcome to The Final Cockdown’s Wide Receiver week! We go down the depth chart and take a look at who will be catching touchdowns from Jake Bentley this year. Here’s a list of who you can expect to read about in the coming days:
Bryan Edwards | Deebo Samuel | Terry Googer | Dreak Davis | Korey Banks | Chad Terrell | Chavis Dawkins | Ortre Smith + Shi Smith
#89 Bryan Edwards
Sophomore / 6’3’’ / 209 / Conway, S.C. / Conway
Bryan Edwards was one of the darlings on the 2016 recruiting class Will Muschamp had to salvage in Steve Spurrier’s absence. Edwards made his name known from game one against Vanderbilt when he caught eight passes for 101 yards — including this stupendous grab to convert a third-and-seven in an eventual SC win.
Edwards would go on to be the South Carolina Gamecocks No. 1 receiver in his freshman season, collecting leaping highlight catches in a fashion that conjured up memories of Alshon Jeffery. Safe to say for a guy who was only the 44th ranked receiver in the country coming out of high school, he’s a little ahead of schedule on production.
This season expectations are going to be sky high for Edwards to take another step to be a dominant receiver in the SEC. If he can continue to live up to and accelerate past his freshman hype, there’s a good chance 2018 might be his last season in Columbia.
2016 stats: 44 catches, 590 yards, 4 TDs
Recruitment: Four-star recruit; Clemson, Florida, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, Georgia and South Carolina. Committed to SC on Dec. 15, 2015.
Selected highlight: Since I already spoiled one above, here’s a whole bunch of silly catches Edwards made last season.
Up next: Deebo Samuel, South Carolina leading receiver and possibly most exciting skill position player this coming fall.