Mike Leach addresses wide receiver corps, 2021 schedule
If there’s one thing you know about a Mike Leach offense it’s that the football is going to be in the air often.
But who’s going to catch all those passes in 2021?
The Mississippi State coach addressed that question Wednesday on the SEC coaches weekly teleconference.
“Rufus (Harvey), Jamire Calvin, Jaden Walley, and then also Christian Ford is starting to emerge and is doing some really good things,” said Leach about the receivers he expects to make an impact this fall.
Leach also singled out Austin Williams, who caught 43 passes for 372 yards and 3 touchdowns a year ago, as a player who has done an impressive job from a leadership standpoint.
Said Leach: “It is kind of a battle inside the wide receiver room. I think Austin (Williams) kind of leads that pack in being the guy who has been the most productive.”
Mike Leach speaking now on his first weekly SEC teleconference of the season, asked about the wide receivers room:
"It is kind of a battle inside the wide receiver room. I think Austin (Williams) kind of leads that pack in being the guy who has been the most productive."
— Crissy Froyd (@crissy_froyd) September 1, 2021
Leach was also asked about his team’s daunting schedule for 2021, a slate that includes games with LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama, and Auburn, as well as nonconference games against Memphis and NC State, both of which are expected to field quality teams this season.
The Bulldogs’ head coach, however, downplayed the challenge the way only he can.
“I don’t think it’s as tough as it was last year,” Leach said. “You just play them one at a time and worry about being the best team you can be and playing as well as you can, having as good of practices as you can.”