Experience and depth.

It's a good combination to have, and Tahlequah has both in its group of receivers.

There's also a good mix of size, speed and elusiveness.

Two of the top receivers from last season are back in Jaxon Jones and Kobey Baker. Only Cole Goodnight, who had a breakout year as a senior, is missing from otherwise perhaps the strongest position group for the Tigers going into the 2019 season.

"From a depth perspective, our receivers are as good as they've been since I've been here and I've been here for 13 years," Tahlequah head coach Brad Gilbert said.

Jones fits in the good size category, standing at 6-foot-2. As a junior, he was second on the team in catches with 19 and third in yards (368). He led the Tigers with 19.4 yards per reception and was tied for team-high honors in touchdown grabs with five.

Baker was super impressive as a sophomore last year. He finished with 28 catches for 445 yards and had three TDs. His best outing came against Coweta where he had five catches for 110 yards, one of which went 80 yards for a score.

"Jaxon and Kobey, both of them had around 400 yards receiving so their production was pretty good last year and I think that's only going to be better," Gilbert said. "Those two guys we feel very comfortable with."

Bradley Pruitt, who will be a junior, didn't have the production that Jones and Baker had in 2018, but Gilbert said his role will expand. Pruitt had four catches for 34 yards in limited time.

"I just visited with him and I think you'll see more production out of him," Gilbert said. "His role was not as great as the others last year, but he was just a sophomore. I think over the offseason he's matured a lot and you should see some big things from him."

Simeon Armstrong, who will be Tate Christian's backup at quarterback, has a lot of upside at receiver and is the fastest of the bunch.

"You're going to see his role as a receiver progress," Gilbert said. "He's going to be able to run the vertical route, the post pattern. He's our fastest receiver and he's just gotten better in the offseason. He runs routes really well for a guy that hasn't played receiver a lot. Simeon brings a lot of things to the table that we're excited about."

Tristan King, another big-bodied receiver, missed all of last season after transferring from Westville where he was a quarterback/tight end. He has all the physical tools that a coach looks for in a receiver.

"He's a young man that has height, he has speed," Gilbert said. "He has the ability to make plays. He's got to become a better route runner and better at understanding the game because he hasn't played a lot at receiver. He's got a lot to learn, but he's learning at a fairly good pace. The physical tools are there, and anytime you've got those tools that excites you as a coach."

Others expected to see roles that Gilbert mentioned are Tanner Christian, Qua'shon Leathers and Lane Matlock.

"We're excited about where we're at at the receiver position because we've got other guys as well that can play," Gilbert said. "We're so stacked. You've got Tanner Christian, who has a big body and has a good ability at catching the ball and has gotten better at running routes.

"Qua'shon Leathers will play at slot receiver and he knows exactly what he needs to do when he's in there. Lane Matlock has had a really good offseason and will be a senior. He understands what he needs to do when the time is called for him.

"We've got a lot of guys at the position who can do some things for us."