Antoine Wesley likes to dance, and the Texas Tech receiver says his energy can rub off on teammates.

"It gets them moving and going," Wesley said. "Sometimes we're tired and sore. But you've got to be like, 'Forget it. We've got to go. We've got teams to play. We have to get ready for the fall.'"

There's another way Wesley can get his teammates energized: By being a worthy replacement for Keke Coutee, the inside receiver who last season caught 93 passes for 1,429 yards and 10 touchdowns. When Coutee declared for the NFL draft the day after the 2017 season ended, forgoing his senior year, it left a gaping hole in the Tech attack.

Wesley, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound junior from Cibolo Steele, is getting first crack at being Coutee's successor. He showed promise in the Red Raiders' first spring scrimmage Saturday in Midland, catching eight passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.

His touchdown grab was a 19-yarder from McLane Carter over tight coverage from defensive back Thomas Leggett. Wesley's other catches included one for 28 yards and a pair of 22-yarders. He fumbled at the end of the 28-yard gain, but fellow receiver Dalton Rigdon bailed him out with the recovery inside the 5-yard line, setting up a touchdown.

Saturday's scrimmage was Tech's seventh of the allotted 15 spring football sessions, not all that prolific, Wesley acknowledged.

"Oh yeah, it goes up and down," he said. "But that's what you practice for."

Coutee played the "Y" inside receiver spot for Tech, and in a different way, being 5-11, 180 with speed as a calling card.

The Red Raiders will remake the position with a different collection of players. Wesley and tight end/inside receiver Donta Thompson both are 6-5, and the Red Raiders are expecting to have back Zach Austin, who missed the past two seasons with knee injuries. That's provided Austin's petition for a sixth year of eligibility is granted. Also in the pipeline is first-semester freshman Sterling Galban, who's closer than the rest to Coutee in terms of stature and speed.

Wesley caught 10 passes for 137 yards last season, the first numbers of his career. He started his Tech career as an outside receiver.

"He's still adjusting to the move," Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "But he's a big, rangy guy who can really be a big target for those quarterbacks."

Wesley knows he has a lot to live up to, considering how much Coutee and Cameron Batson, also a slot receiver and a departed senior, meant to the offense.

"It was a blessing to watch him and Cam work," Wesley said. "They'd work, and I really appreciate the older guys to show how we're supposed to be rolling."