'Hoos Expect Help from Fleet of Receivers

The depth chart released Monday by the Virginia football team included a pair of seniors listed as the starters at wide receiver for Saturday's season opener against No. 7 UCLA.

But coach Mike London called the wide receiver position one of the strongest groups on the roster at his news conference Monday afternoon, and the Cavaliers are expected to use more than a half-dozen players at the position on Saturday.

"I believe that this group is a group that, a talented group. And they'll all have an opportunity to play," London told reporters. "In different personnel groupings, the things that we do, that we're asking them to do. Formations. There's so many things that we try to get them in, and utilize them as weapons."

Darius Jennings and Miles Gooch are the two players listed as starters. Jennings has appeared in all 37 games for the Wahoos the past three seasons, including 17 starts, with 106 catches for 1,146 yards and nine touchdowns. Gooch has one start in 36 games the past three seasons, with three catches for 32 yards, including a touchdown.

"Miles has definitely been a guy that's really stood out in camp," London said of the fifth-year senior.

The Cavaliers listed a total of seven players on the depth chart between the two receiver positions. Behind Jennings is redshirt freshman Andre Levrone and true freshman Doni Dowling.

Gooch is followed by sophomore Keeon Johnson, who started seven games last year as a true freshman; junior Canaan Severin, who has appeared in 21 games the past two years; and redshirt sophomore Kyle Dockins, who appeared in 11 games last year, including one start.

London mentioned Monday that he expected another true freshman, Jamil Kamara, to play this season as well.

UVa has to replace its top two receivers yardage-wise from last year, tight end Jake McGee and wide receiver Tim Smith. The Wahoos will also take the field Saturday with a first-time starter at quarterback in sophomore Greyson Lambert.

"There's a ton of talent there. And if we can use seven or eight guys, then the more, the better," Lambert said of his options at wide receiver.

Jennings (5-11) is the only receiver on the depth chart who is listed at shorter than six feet tall.

"We've got a lot of guys, a lot of big, tall receivers," Lambert added. "So we're excited about our receiving corps. And whoever is in there, we all trust them."


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