Conference: Colonial Athletic
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Biography: Two-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference and All-American honors since his junior campaign. Lead UMass in receiving the past two years, posting 59/868/5 as a senior after 71/1064/6 the prior year. Experienced returning punts and kicks.
Positives: Unheralded receiving prospect with a reliable and complete game. Displays quickness in his overall game, immediately gets off the line into routes and extends to make the reception away from his frame. Gets vertical in a crowd, displays good eye/hand coordination and comes away with the difficult grab. Comes back into the clearing to make himself an available target and a consistent hand catcher. Goes over the middle, uses his frame to shield away opponents, and takes the big hit yet holds onto the throw.
Negatives: One-speed receiver who does not get separation down the field. Lacks the big frame most teams desire in a possession wide out.
Analysis: Cruz has been incredibly productive the past two seasons and is a skilled pass catcher with reliable hands. He could make it as a team?s fifth receiver if he proves his worth on special teams this summer.
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