Just three days remain before the start of fall football practice. We continue our position-by-position breakdown of the North Suncoast's units by bringing you the top returning wide receivers.
1. Chaise Dunn, Sr., Pasco
2008 stats: 24 receptions, 455 yards, six touchdowns
Notable: It's hard to believe Dunn did not have a 100-yard receiving game in 2008. As part of the Pirates' 1-2 punch at receiver alongside Purdue's Josh Johnson, Dunn was one of many offensive options. He should get plenty of opportunities to be quarterback D.J. Clower's No. 1 target, though there's a lot of competition again for the ball. Good thing Dunn has good hands and a tight relationship with his quarterback, making him the obvious first option.
2. Alex Robinson, Sr., Land O'Lakes
2008 stats: 34 receptions, 538 yards, six touchdowns
Notable: The Gators' top returning receiver would have dipped on the list had it not been for the return of Tampa Catholic transfer Stevie Weatherford. Each player is critical to the other's success, and now the duo is reunited, making the Gators' passing game a bona fide threat again. Though some might look at Robinson's height as a negative (5-9, 152 pounds), he finds the ball to the dismay of defenders.
3. Mitch Wozniak, Sr., Pasco
2008 stats: 23 receptions, 465 yards, three touchdowns
Notable: A Wesley Chapel transfer who flourished in the Wildcats' Wing-T. Now he'll get a chance to stretch his legs in Pasco's explosive spread offense. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Wozniak runs a 4.52 40-yard dash and has the brains — a 4.25 grade point average — to run quick and intelligent routes. He has already started to develop a relationship through 7-on-7 games. He also has a scholarship offer to FIU.
4. Dylan Buono, Jr., Mitchell
2008 stats: 57 catches, 769 yards, eight touchdowns
Notable: The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Buono transferred from Hudson and gives quarterback Cody Van De Boe a new target. Buono had a couple of big games last season, including a season-high 240 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a 39-36 loss to Mitchell. Now he'll have a chance to show off his speed and hands in hopes of complementing running back Ricky Trinidad for a Mustangs offense that always seems to put up points.
5. Jamie Tello, Sr., Hudson
2008 stats: 20 receptions, 243 yards
Notable: The 6-foot-1, 157-pound Land O'Lakes transfer is now the No. 1 target for quarterback Zack Wynn. His top task will be to make up for the loss of Buono, and so far he has received plenty of praise from Cobras coach Mark Nash. But the question remains: can he live up to expectations placed on him by Nash? Obviously, with a quarterback such as Wynn he will have plenty of guidance to succeed.
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