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Since Marqise Lee and Robert Woods came together in 2011, the duo has produced the best numbers of any wide receiver tandem in the nation. As of Thursday, Lee and Woods have combined for 331 receptions, 4,377 yards and 48 touchdowns.
I repeat: 331 receptions, 4,377 yards and 48 touchdowns. In less than two years.
Hopkins and Watkins of Clemson, meanwhile, have 254 receptions for 3,735 yards and 32 touchdowns. Mind you, Watkins has missed three games this season, but the chance that he'd post 77 receptions for 642 yards and 16 touchdowns in those games is quite slim.
For those unwilling to do the math, that's what he would have needed to match the numbers of Lee and Woods.
For the second string of numerical competition, the only players who come close attend West Virginia University.
Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin have combined for 319 receptions, 4,184 yards and 45 touchdowns. Clearly, those numbers are within 12 receptions, 193 yards and three touchdowns of the USC Trojans' mark.
This season, meanwhile, Bailey and Austin have combined for 146 receptions for 1,719 yards and 25 touchdowns. Lee and Woods presently sit at 147 receptions for 1,942 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Bailey and Austin are matching Lee and Woods step by step from a statistical standpoint. Hopkins and Watkins are not too far behind.
So what will be the separating factor?