GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A projected area of strength for the Furman Paladins in 2017 is its wide receiving corps, which boasts two of the unit's top three performers from a year ago and a couple of impressive newcomers.
A barometer of the confidence the Paladins hold in their wide receivers is visible in the recent decision to move experienced, 6-foot-5 senior Andy Schumpert (19 rec., 299 yds., TD in '16) to tight end.
Schumpert's switch leaves the split end position to senior Logan McCarter, a three-year letterman and owner of 15 starts who caught 33 passes for 423 yards and two touchdowns a year ago.
"Logan has played a lot of football and is very consistent, runs good routes, and is a solid blocker with good hands and toughness," said Furman head coach Clay Hendrix.
One of the preseason's most positive stories has been the emergence of true freshman Cam Burnette, a 6-foot-2 Summerville, S.C., product who registered over 2,000 receiving yard and 14 touchdown catches in his prep career.
Cam is the same kind of player as Logan and has been very impressive in camp. We're going to play him. He will be in the rotation."
The story is much the same at flanker, which boasts a proven performer and a fast-rising newcomer, as well as other contenders.
Thomas Gordon, a sophomore who last year was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team, grabbed 43 passes for 629 yards and four touchdowns in 2016.
"It's been nice to see Thomas really develop and gain maturity. He's a really good practice player, goes hard, and he certainly has ability. We need to get him the football, and the I think the nature of our offense will allow us to use him in a number of different ways, including returning kicks."
Bidding to join Gordon in the rotation at flanker is true freshman Ryan DeLuca, a multi-position prep standout from Fort Mill, S.C.
"Ryan has had a heckuva preseason camp. He just one of those kids who everyday shows up and makes plays out there; He was here all summer, and he's going to play a bunch for us."
Others who will bid for playing time include sophomore Bailey Rogers, redshirt freshman Avery Armstrong, and redshirt junior Tucker Genal.
"Bailey has ability and could certainly figure into the mix. And Avery is another guy we've moved (from quarterback to wide receiver). He's been out for a couple of weeks with an ankle injury but will be back in there soon."
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Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information