Braeden West is one of the most dangerous open field players in the AAC. Getting him the ball in space is always a good idea, and that's why Sonny Dyke's decision to try West at receiver could pay off big.
West, a rising senior from Katy Seven Lakes, has been in the mix at running back for the past three seasons. With the continued grown of Ke'Mon Freeman and Xavier Jones the running back position is in good hands. With Courtland Sutton and Trey Quinn gone from last year's receiving corps, returning catches are in short supply.
With West, in the slot along with another flyer in James Proche outside as well the Mustangs could have a couple of players who dominate in space. Getting West into green grass is an explosive play waiting to happen and if there's one thing Dykes understands it's getting the ball to playmakers in space. It's part of what the air raid scheme was built on.
West is still listed at running back; Dykes is giving him reps at receiver, something he's been keen on doing since his arrival on the Hilltop. West left yesterdays practice with a leg injury, it looks to be soft tissue related rather than a knee, but Dykes seemed unconcerned that the injury would keep him out long term.