Revolving 'H' receiver is key for the Aggies

LC Sun News
Posted Sep 16, 2006

The most statistically-prolific receiver position in Hal Mumme's "Air Raid" offense has often been the "H" reciver spot.

In 2005, it was out of the "H" receiver spot that converted-quarterback Paul Dombrowski grabbed a school-record 78 passes for 798 yards.

When stud Miami transfer Akieem Jolla got the NCAA's approval to play this season for the Aggies, head coach Hal Mumme was giddy at the prospect of watching the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Jolla tear up opposing defenses in the "H" spot.

And when sophomore running back Jeremiah Williams proved far too talented to keep beside him on the sidelines while starting running back Justine Buries was on the field, Mumme moved Williams to the "H" spot because "we need to find a way to get him the ball."

That position has also seen the surprise emergence of true freshman Christopher Buckner, who has eight catches for 82 yards in the first two weeks.

When Buries went down last week with a torn ACL, Williams took over full time running back duties and Buckner's role at "H" increased, but he isn't taking the over the position, just yet. Jolla's left knee (arthroscopic surgery Aug. 14) is healthy again and he expects to make his Aggie debut tonight.

Regardless of who plays that position, Mumme and sophomore quarterback Chase Holbrook like throwing the ball that way and like seeing the mismatches created out of that inside receiver spot.

The Aggies' success has a lot to do with whether the "H" receiver can be good enough to keep defenses honest, opening up outside receiver's to run deep routes with big-play potential.

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