Bundrage leads young group of receivers


photo: Jonathan Krueger/Iowa State Daily

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Quenton Bundrage looks at the video screen at the end of the game in the Cyclones loss to Tulsa in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31, 2012.  The Cyclones lost to the Golden Hurricane 31-17 in the 54th Liberty Bowl.

Dean Berhow-Goll

ISU coach Paul Rhoads doesn’t have a large sample to go on for his wide receiver position. 

Only one returning receiver has caught more than 30 balls in Jarvis West — and he’s not the No. 1 receiver. That didn’t stop Rhoads from saying he was pleased with what he’s seen so far in spring practice. 

“We don’t have a lot of numbers,” Rhoads said of his young group of receivers. “Consequently they’re more productive in the process.”

The No. 1 receiver on the depth chart, Rhoads said, is Quenton Bundrage. The Palmetto, Fla., native caught 20 passes last year for 232 yards and two touchdowns. 

Although Bundrage is just a redshirt sophomore and played one year, he said he feels like he is ready to step into a leadership role and be the leader of the receiving group. 

“My confidence level is definitely up from last year,” Bundrage said. “Now we’re a young team and we have a bunch of young guys. The fact that I played a little bit last year, I know I have to step up and be a leader.”

Rhoads said he was impressed with Bundrage’s play-making ability, but did mention he had dropped the most passes between all the receivers. 

“We’re charting some explosive plays and Bundrage, as you might expect, would be at the top of that list,” Rhoads said.

The team graduates four players from last year, including the top-three pass-catchers from last year with Aaron Horne, Chris Young and Josh Lenz. The trio combined for 108 catches, 1,240 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

Rhoads and wide receivers coach Todd Sturdy both said they expect inexperienced wideouts like Justin Coleman and Dondre Daley to step up after having a successful spring.

“The bar is set high for this group,” Sturdy said. “I think we’ve got some guys that can stretch the field, I think we’ve got some length, I think we’ve got some guys that can make people miss in space and I think we’ve got guys that can go up and get the football. I’m excited about that.”