2017 Preseason Football Team: Graduation left receiving crew wide open

The time is now for players such as Marana junior Diego Miranda to take over and fill the void. (Andy Morales/

38 of the top 50 receivers in Arizona were seniors last year. Even more, the top 11 receivers in Southern Arizona graduated which left the position wide open with a mostly unknown cast ready to take over.

These are the top returning receivers and tight ends from last season. It does not take into account any transfers, injuries or changes in position.

Blake Reilly, Sr. Pusch Ridge
Mario Meza, Sr. Douglas
Devin Stubblefield, Sr. Cholla
Eric Petronella, Sr. Rincon/University
Terrell Hayward, Jr. Cienega
Tariq Jordan, Jr. Marana
Leo Yepiz, Sr. Nogales
Ty Chapman, Sr. Walden Grove
Luke Moran, Sr. Sabino
Brandon Walker, Sr. Empire
Diego Miranda, Jr. Marana
Rey Martinez, Jr. San Manuel



Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at





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