By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
July 11, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- On the gridiron, the name of the game is moving the chains. Last season, the receiving corps for Florida A&M did exactly that.
Statistically speaking, it was the Rattlers most dominant position group, and those hands will be needed even more in 2018.
The good news for Willie Simmons ahead of his first season at the helm is FAMU returns two of their top three producers from a season ago in Chad Hunter and Marcus Williams.
That duo combined for over 879 yards and eight combined touchdowns.
The name that might catch the eye for many, especially in Tallahassee, is Hunter, a former Rickards standout, who averaged 18.5 yards per catch as a redshirt freshman in 2017, might just be the quickest on the squad and could very well lead the Rattlers in touchdowns and touches next season.
That isn't to say Williams isn't a threat. The incoming redshirt junior saw a dramatic jump in his production from 2016 to 2017; after catching just seven passes in six games two years ago, he hauled in 26 catches for 305 yards and two touchdowns.
The most interesting name of the crop is Ricky Henrilus, who is making the switch from the backfield this season. The Miami native rushed for 506 yards on 80 touches in seven games last year as a redshirt freshman.
Although he was given limited opportunities to show what he can do with his hands, he averaged 12.8 yards per catch in limited opportunities (five receptions). He also had two touchdowns through the air.
The three-headed receiving crops will look to give Ryan Stanley plenty of options to sling the ball, and keep the chains moving.