2010 Penn Football Preview: Wide Receivers

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PHILADELPHIA - Leading up to Penn Football's first day of preseason practice on Aug. 24, the Penn Sports Network and PennAthletics.com will provide an in-depth look into the 2010 Penn Quakers. Each position will be previewed with analysis, a preseason depth chart and an interview with the position coach.

This installment of Penn Football's Preseason Position Previews involves a glimpse into the 2010 wide receivers and an interview with 10th-year wide receivers coach Rick Ulrich.

A full discussion with the position coach:

Penn Sports Network anchor Dan Fritz sat down with wide receivers coach Rick Ulrich last week to discuss the status of the position heading into preseason practices. Click the above link to see the full interview or visit the Penn Sports Network multimedia page by clicking here.

A look at who is listed at this position entering the preseason:

13 Blake Adams WR 5-8 165 Sr. Glen Rock, N.J. (Glen Rock)
Aaron Bailey WR 5-9 185 Fr. Brownstown, Mich. (Woodhaven)
11 Ryan Calvert WR 5-9 175 Sr. Studio City, Calif. (Harvard-Westlake)
87 Colin Donnelly WR 6-0 185 Jr. Chalfont, Pa. (Central Bucks South)
88 Joe Holder WR 6-3 190 Jr. Jersey City, N.J. (St. Peters Prep)
15 Chad Miller WR 6-6 210 Jr. Santa Ana, Calif. (Foothill)
Ryan Mitchell WR 6-0 180 Fr. La Grange Park, Ill. (Lyons Township)
85 Zack Perlman WR 6-4 210 Jr. Weston, Fla. (Pine Crest )
83 Brendan Putnam WR 6-4 205 Jr. St. Louis, Mo. (St. Louis Priory)
Conner Scott WR 6-4 190 Fr. Kenilworth, Ill. (Deerfield Academy (Mass.))
89 Jason Seifert WR 6-1 195 So. Woodland Park, N.J. (Delbarton)
21 Matt Tuten WR 5-11 200 Sr. Littleton, Colo. (Mountain Vista)
2 David Wurst WR 6-1 200 Sr. Orion, Mich. (Lake Orion)

A PennAthletics.com preview of what and who to expect at this position:

Since Braden Lepisto graduated in 2007, the Quakers haven't really had a dominant or "go-to" receiver. You might even need to go back to Dan Castles or Rob Milanese in the early 2000s. Last season, Kyle Derham led the team in receptions with 35, receiving yards with 388, and touchdown receptions with three - but the receiving core was more of a platoon of productive players rather than a single star. For instance, eight different players had at least one touchdown catch and at least seven different players had at least 10 catches.

This season should be no different. Of the seven players with 10 or more catches, Derham is the only one that will not be returning to defend the Ivy League title. Senior Matt Tuten had a big junior season, finishing second on the team with 29 catches, 379 receiving yards and two touchdowns. So he may turn out to be the main target for Quaker quarterbacks, but there will be too many good options to expect any single member of the Red and Blue to haul in 50-plus receptions.

Starting opposite Tuten will most likely be senior David Wurst. He hauled in more than 11 yards per catch last season as he finished third amongst receivers in receptions (behind Derham and Tuten). Wurst has 26 games of experience - by far the most of any returning receiver - so it seems like it will be up to the rest of the receiving corps to take the starting position away.

There will be several players with the capablility to do it, or at the very least, who will see a lot of time on the field as either a backup or in the slot. Junior Joe Holder was a walk-on as a freshman and has worked his way into the lineup. He had 10 catches for a team-high 15.5 yards per catch in 2009 and even more is expected of him in 2010.

Two of the smaller players on the team - Blake Adams and Ryan Calvert - are expected to make a large impact. Adams and Calvert haven't seen much playing time at wide out quite yet - Adams played mostly on special teams last season and Calvert missed the year due to injury - but they've earned their chance to show their abilities this season.

The coaching staff is also hoping for a few others to add to some much needed depth at the position. Jason Seifert has been a name that has come up a lot among the staff and Chad Miller's progression from quarterback to wide receiver has been mentioned often as well. But it is a trio of juniors that can really make this a position of strength for the Quakers. If Colin Donnelly, Zack Perlman and Brendan Putnam are able to contribute, this will be one of the Red and Blue's deepest positions - not just in 2010, but in 2011 and maybe beyond.

A perspective from an anonymous opposing coach:

"They've got a solid group and they are well coached. All of them can catch the ball and they have a few deep threats that we'll have to be aware of."

A little known detail about the players at the position:

* Senior Matt Tuten's father, Rich, is in his 16th season as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NFL's Denver Broncos. Rich also worked at the University of Flordia and the University of North Carolina after graduating from Clemson University. Football runs in the family as Rich played nose guard for the Tigers and Matt's brother, Will, played football at Gardner-Webb University.

A look into where the players at this position stand heading into preseason practice:

Wide Receiver:
21 Matt Tuten WR 5-11 200 Sr. Littleton, Colo. (Mountain Vista)
11 Ryan Calvert WR 5-9 175 Sr. Studio City, Calif. (Harvard-Westlake)
13 Blake Adams WR 5-8 165 Sr. Glen Rock, N.J. (Glen Rock)
Wide Receiver:
2 David Wurst WR 6-1 200 Sr. Orion, Mich. (Lake Orion)
88 Joe Holder WR 6-3 190 Jr. Jersey City, N.J. (St. Peters Prep)