The following table details 2014 statistics for returning Merrimack receivers and tight ends, as well as incoming freshman players (their senior year high school stats are included, where applicable).
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Preseason All-American and senior Jere Brown will continue to be the top target for the Warriors in 2015. Brown has been one of the top receivers in the Northeast-10 for the past two seasons. According to sources out of training camp, returning sophomore Joe Capobianco and junior college transfer Nick Davis are considered the frontrunners to be named Merrimack’s starting quarterback to begin the season, and whoever wins the job will unquestionably rely heavily on Brown.
In two years at Moorpark, Davis threw for 3,003 yards and 18 touchdowns, while rushing for 648 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Brown’s numbers were more inflated as a sophomore, when Merrimack’s offense was pass-heavy with Joe Clancy at quarterback. Last season, the Warriors relied more on the run — Merrimack ran the ball 377 times in 2014 after running 296 times in 2013, an increase of almost 10 snaps per game — and Brown’s receivers numbers dipped accordingly. However, his talent won’t be underestimated by opponents. He’s Merrimack’s most dangerous weapon on the offensive side of the ball.
Junior Justin Mount should continue to be a dangerous red-zone threat. At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds he has more size than Brown and caught double the touchdown passes (8) in 2014. He can be a nightmare for matchups in the red zone.
Mount could be one of several players to fill the void left by No. 2 receiver in 2014, Zach Ingalls, who graduated. Two players who could also see increased targets with Ingalls graduating are senior Frankie Dunn and sophomore Cody Demers, who are both similar in size to Ingalls and caught a similar number of passes.
The Warriors also add two terrific prospects in freshmen George Hawkins and Marquis Spence. Both have good size, particularly Hawkins who is measuring 6-foot-3 and is tied with Mount for the tallest receiver on the team.