LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Entering the 2014 season without Wide Receiving threats Eric Ward and Jace Amaro, the Red Raider offense needs someone to step up and fill the void and be a go-to play maker for Quarterback Davis Webb, and, according to his teammates, Sophomore wide out DJ Polite-Bray is that guy.
Polite-Bray was a 3-star player out of Lithonia, GA and the No. 75 wide receiver overall according to ESPN. He didn't see much playing time in his Freshman campaign in 2013, with the likes of Eric Ward, Jace Amaro and Bradley Marquez getting most of the playing time and reps in practice.
Junior slot receiver Jakeem Grant thinks 2014 is Polite-Bray's time to shine.
"Man, his catching ability and his play making ability are great, Grant said, "People didn't get to see and I don't feel like the fans got to see much of him in the Spring, but I feel like during the season you will get to see a lot of DJ. and you will know who who DJ. Polite-Bray is. I feel like DJ. will make a name for himself here," Grant said.
Polite-Bray spent much of 2013 learning Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense and adjusting to the college level behind veteran Red Raiders. Now that the system is familiar and the practice reps are there, he has high expectations of himself this season.
"What everybody can expect from me is to play fast and be competitive", Polite-Bray said, "I'm trying to be the best down-field receiver in the conference and maybe even in the nation. I'm trying to have the best numbers and trying play as fast as I can and as good as i can to have a good Sophomore season.
Senior Bradley Marquez joined the party in boasting about Polite-Bray's potential including going as far as to compliment his hair style.
DJ. Polite-Bray is going to present himself in the right way. He has a lot of speed and fans are going to know him really well. He has dreadlocks just like me so that's an added bonus. He's a player to look out for because he's going to have a really great year," Marquez said.
With 3 formidable deep threats in Bradley Marquez, Reginald Davis and now DJ. Polite Bray, the Red Raider offense is expected to open up more giving aid to the rushing attack and short passing game in 2014.