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ASU Football Positional Preview: Wide Receivers

The Sun Devils have a strong reciever corps heading into 2017

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Arizona State Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 season was fairly successful for the ASU wide receiver unit. Tim White, N’Keal Harry, Cameron Smith, and Jalen Harvey were the main weapons on last years squad and accounted for a combined 1,885 yards. White was the leader of last year’s reciever squad, but now that White along with others have either graduated or transferred, sophomore N’Keal Harry will take on the heavy load as the No. 1 receiver on the depth chart.

Key Returners

N’Keal Harry - Harry hauled in 58 passes for 569 yards and led the team with five receiving touchdowns. He’s the unquestioned leader of this wide receiver unit and will look to improve on what was a spectacular freshman season. Harry was arguably one of the best wide receivers in the Pac-12 last year and will be one of the young leaders for the Sun Devils this season.

Jalen Harvey - Harvey is heading into his junior season (redshirted his freshman year) and was one of the main targets for ASU quarterbacks last season. He will help take some of the attention off of Harry. Harvey will play the Z-receiver - in the slot - but can play on the out side as well and is a very good blocker.

John Humphrey - Humphrey had to sit out last season because of transfer regulations, but he had a great spring and was a stand out in the spring game. Humphrey transferred from Oklahoma where he played on the scout team and was voted Scout Team Offense Player of the Year. He will play the Y-receiver this year and will also help draw some attention off of Harry.

New Faces

Terrell Chatman, Kyle Williams and Ryan Newsome are all players that have taken second-team reps so look for any of these guys to play the roll of “next-man-in”.

Who To Look Out For

With N’Keal Harry being an obvious impact player, Sun Devil fans can expect for Harry to have another outstanding season as one of the top tier receivers heading into the 2017 season. Jalen Harvey and John Humphrey are players that have potential to have break-out games if and when teams decide to double-team Harry. Harvey and Humphrey won’t be on opposing teams’ radar at the beginning of the season, but they might be due to Harry drawing most of the attention. Terrell Chatman, Kyle Williams and Ryan Newsome might get in-game reps if Harry, Harvey or Humphrey go down or get tired.