The 2012-2013 season of college football will showcase some great wide receiver talent. Maybe some of the widest selection there has been in years.
As usual, quarterbacks will light up the field with passing yards and much credit should go to their extraordinary receivers alongside them. Here are the five best receivers the nation has to offer this season.
Cal's Keenan Allen is set to have a remarkable 2012 campaign. He blossomed last season as a sophomore to catch 98 balls for more than 1300 yards.
Also, six touchdown catches is not too bad. Allen is 6'3" and can run a 4.4 in the 40 yard dash, meaning that his height and speed are dangerous for defensive backs. Watch out for him to continue the success this season.
Vols receiver Justin Hunter will be an impact player for them this season. Hunter missed the 2011 season with an ACL tear in the third game.
He gave many corners fits at 6'4" inches tall and 200 pounds. As a freshman, he caught 16 passes and 7 of them went the distance. With the accurate Tyler Bray as his quarterback, Hunter can return to have a breakout season if healthy.
Washington State has a stud at receiver in Marquess Wilson. He caught 82 passes for nearly 1400 yards last season.
He eclipsed 1000 yards catching in his two seasons as a Cougar, an amazing feat for a young receiver. Wilson is a tall lanky speedster and will continue to be a match-up problem for defenses across the nation. He has home-run play ability and it will be proven once again this season.
Sammy Watkins is the only receiver to make Heisman Pundit's Heisman Trophy candidate list for this season, and for good reason.
As a freshman, he made 82 catches and 12 of them counted for touchdowns. He has breakaway speed and can even be a threat on special teams as a returner. With Watkins having another spring under his belt to fully learn the offense, his success as a sophomore will only be greater.
The Trojans receiver Robert Woods is one of the greatest talents college football has to offer. He grabbed 111 receptions last season, which is tremendous for a sophomore.
He also found himself in the endzone for 15 touchdowns. Woods is problematic for defenses because he just has a knack for getting open.
With Matt Barkley as his quarterback, the sky is the limit for his production this year.