Will Healy's UTC Receivers; Talented and Young

Hudson, Board are Lone Returning Starters

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

UTC senior receiver Tommy Hudson’s dream job is to work for General Electric as an industrial engineer and help light up the world.

Before he goes to work for the company co-founded by Thomas Edison (and possibly discover ways to lower our electric bills), UTC receivers coach Will Healy just hopes the Colquitt County (Ga.) HS grad produces enough energy this fall to light up opposing defenses on 12 Saturdays (actually one Thursday (Central Michigan) and 11 Saturdays).

Hudson was the third leading receiver last season with 28 catches for 261 yards and his first career touchdown, a 41-yard reception in a 42-21 triumph against Western Carolina. He also used his good hands and speed to rank 26th in the nation in punt return average (9.1 yds).

While coach Healy will rely on Hudson and the second returning starter in C.J. Board (23 catches for 230 yards) to give leadership to all the good hands guys, he has 11 talented players who are working each day to gain reps in practice with hopes of seeing playing time on the weekend.

“We have five new guys who have never taken a snap in a college game and seven of the 11 (receivers) have never caught a pass, but we have 11 committed players who come to practice each day ready to compete, are focused on what we are doing with no distractions,” said Healy now in his sixth season on the Mocs coaching staff.

“We have seen flashes (in practice) of what we thought they would be at this level, and while we are young (one senior, 3 sophs, 2 redshirt freshman, 5 true freshmen) we are not afraid to play a freshman if he earns it.”

Healy and staff have seen plenty of flashes of what Hudson can do the past three years with hopes he can do more this season.

The Georgia high school record holder for catches in a season (102 in 2010) has started 19 of 31 games for the Mocs and is glad he wears the Blue and Gold.

“I came to the Mocs senior camp the summer prior to my senior year at Colquitt County and was offered a scholarship by Valdosta State that fall, but I decided not to commit to them with hopes of an offer from UTC,” said Hudson who also played basketball, ran track and made the honor roll in high school.

“The Mocs finally offered me a scholarship about two weeks before signing day (winter 2011) and I am glad I waited.”

Coach Healy stated, “The folks at his high school kept telling us about Tommy and that he could help us and they were right.”

UTC Receivers:

Returners (5)

Tommy Hudson (Sr. 5-11) – starter in the slot … 19 starts with 63 catches and 1 TD)

C.J. Board (RS So. 6-2) – 10 starts as wide receiver in 2013 … 23 catches for 23 yards

Xavier Borishade (So. 5-10) – one start, 9 catches, 12 TDs … one of four true freshmen to play

Riley Davis (So. 6-1) – played in 2 games in 2013

Alphonso Stewart (RS Fr. 6-3) – has made some big catches on deep routes in camp

Transfer (1)

James Stovall (RS Fr. 6-3) – Bradley Central HS … was at Naval Prep School in 2013

True Freshman (5)

DeJuan McQuarters (Fr. 5-10) – Mitchell HS in Memphis … 47 catches, 12 TDs in 2013

Bingo Morton (Fr. 6-2) – Langston Hughes HS (Ga.) … 200 meter regional champ

Kota Nix (Fr. 6-2) - played at Baylor School … dad (Steve) played for the Mocs

Penny Smith (Fr. 6-2) – Knox Fulton HS … played QB in high school

Wil Young (Fr. 6-3) – McGill-Toolen HS (Ala.) … 53 catches, 12 TDs in 2013

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net

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