It’s one of the most talented group of receivers ASU has had in its history, so why not take advantage of it?
The problem with so much talent is finding a way to get everyone involved. Last week, a new member of the group, sophomore Myles Everett, burst onto the scene with three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown, adding another name to the mix.
“(Receivers) coach Andy (Follett) uses a three-rep type of rotation,” head coach Reggie Barlow explained. “If the guy has been out there for three plays, you’re free to go and get a guy. That’s because (Follett) has the confidence in those eight or nine kids. We do have inside and outside receivers. Myles is an inside guy and I think it was a situation where Earl (Lucas) had been in for three or four plays and may have been fatigued.
“That’s the thing about football. You don’t know when your number is going to get called. Myles goes in, he knew what to do, he knew the play, his number was called and … that’s how you get more reps. That’s when you start getting plays.”
Speaking of more plays, Isaiah Crowell’s bruised right knee may mean more duties for the receivers. Crowell spent a lot of time on the sideline last weekend, putting more of the workload on Cyrus. Coaches don’t want Cyrus to get too many carries and wear down during the game, so there are plays designed for slot receivers to go in motion and get the ball on handoffs or outside receivers to get the ball on reverses.
“We’re going to have to do more of that,” Barlow said. “With Isaiah being banged up and Malcolm getting more of the load, we’re going to have to figure out ways to hand it off to these receivers (like) Earl and Myles and (Jarrett) Neely in the running game and still get what we need.”