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Without a spring camp, the question marks for Florida Atlantic’s offensive weapons remain, especially at wide receiver.
Starting wide receivers DeAngelo Antoine, who operated mainly in the slot last season, and Pico Harrison are gone. Rotational wide receiver Dante Cousart, who mainly operated as the team’s punt returner, has also graduated, further hurting the depth at an important position.
However, what the Owls lost in depth, they recuperated through high-level transfers from Power 5 programs. Making up the wide receiver room alongside John Mitchell is a cornucopia of transfers, including former Clemson wide receiver TJ Chase, former Duke wide receiver Aaron Young and former Florida State wideout D’Marcus Adams.
John Mitchell – Redshirt Senior (6-4, 220 pounds): Mitchell battled injuries throughout 2018, but was finally healthy in 2019. Mitchell finished 2019 with a career-high 488 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns on 38 receptions. The expectations for Mitchell are high in 2020.
Brandon Robinson – Redshirt Junior (6-4, 200 pounds): A former walk-on, Robinson earned a scholarship following the season. In limited playing time, Robinson was effective when he saw the field. Robinson finished last season with seven receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown.
Willie Wright – Senior (5-8, 160 pounds): Willie Wright did not start last season, but the slot receivers resume shows promise. In 2017, Wright finished with 657 yards and six touchdowns on 56 receptions. Wright followed that up with a strong 2018, where Wright contributed 474 yards and two scores. Wright will likely take over the slot position, where he should wonders.
Aaron Young – Graduate (6-4, 210 pounds): After a strong career at Duke, Aaron Young chose to transfer to FAU for his final season. In Young’s senior season, he finished third on the team in receiving yards with 367 yards. Young finished his Duke career with 63 receptions for 849 yards and seven touchdowns.
TJ Chase – Graduate (6-1, 190 pounds): Throughout his career in Death Valley, TJ Chase was often overlooked because of Clemson’s talent at wide receiver. A former four-star prospect, Chase finished his Clemson career with 206 yards and three touchdowns on 25 receptions.
Javion Posey – Redshirt Freshman (6-1, 185 pounds): Javion Posey was recruited as a quarterback, but recent workouts seem to indicate that Posey is working out with the wide receivers. Posey has limited experience as a wide receiver, finishing last season with just one reception, a 23-yard touchdown in the Boca Bowl.
Outside Receiver: Starter: John Mitchell / Backup: Brandon Robinson
Outside Receiver: Starter: Aaron Young
Slot: Willie Wright
The Story to Watch
Who is emerging as the star? Wide receiver DeAngelo Antoine emerged as the breakout wide receiver last season but Antoine has since graduated. With limited statistical output between FAU’s current wide receivers, someone will have the opportunity to break out.
Brandon Robinson: Robinson drew enough eyes to earn a scholarship in the offseason and when he plays, he’s always bound to make an impact. With the second outside receiver spot up for grabs, a strong camp could push Robinson into the spot, where he’ll have the chance to make a major impact.