Our final look at underappreciated skill position players will focus on wide receivers and tight ends. Here's the link to last year's post to see who I highlighted then.
By the nation at large, Cody Slate is underappreciated. However, in Conference USA, he is a known commodity. He has made the Conference USA 1st team in both seasons he has played college football. He led the Thundering Herd in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns in both 2006 and 2007. Last season he caught 66 balls for 818 yards and 5 touchdowns. His best game came against New Hampshire when he nabbed 11 passes for 177 and a touchdown. Don't be surprised if Slate is once again the top tight end in Conference USA.
Prior to 2007, Casey Fitzgerald had caught 5 passes in his first 2 seasons playing college football. No one enjoyed the arrival of Todd Dodge and his high octane pass attack more than Fitzgerald. He hauled in 111 passes for 1322 yards and 12 touchdowns. He caught 10 passes or more 5 times and gained over 100 yards 6 times. His best game came against SMU when he caught an amazing 18 balls for 327 yards and 2 touchdowns. With another season under Dodge's system, Fitzgerald has a good shot at catching 100 passes once again.
Kevin Jurovich had zero receptions before the 2007 season. Of course, that's because he was a defensive back in 2005 and 2006. Jurovich made Dick Tomey and his San Jose State assistants look like geniuses as he caught a team-high 85 balls for 1183 yards and 9 touchdowns. Jurovich topped 100 yards receiving 5 times, peaking with a 10 catch 233 yard performance against New Mexico State. Not bad for a safety.