Receiver Troy Walters (Stanford) wasn't the biggest or the strongest receiver, but he had an unprecedented impact on his school and, in turn, on Pac-12 history.
His Biletnikoff-winning season in 1999 (74 catches, 1,456 yards and 10 TDs) helped Stanford reach its first Rose Bowl since 1971. And though there was a large period of struggle between that and the current Harbaugh-Shaw era, Walters' success helped plant the seeds of Stanford's current, dominant form.
He retired as, and still is, the Pac-12's all-time leader with 3,995 career receiving yards, and he places fourth with 245 receptions.
Receiver Keyshawn Johnson (USC) is as divisive as they come. But love him or hate him (as both a player and analyst), there was no denying the talent he possessed after he torched the then-Pac-10 for two seasons before becoming the No. 1 pick in the 1996 NFL draft.
In 1994, he caught just 66 passes but still finished second in FBS with 1,362 yards—an incredible average of 20.6 YPC. The next year he finished seventh in Heisman voting with 102 catches for 1,434 yards and seven touchdowns.
More importantly, unlike later USC receivers like Dwayne Jarrett or Mike Williams, he accomplished all that without an All-American quarterback. His All-American 1995 season came with no-names like Brad Otton and Kyle Wachholtz splitting reps under center.
That deserves to be recognized.
Tight End Charle Young (USC) played in a different era, the early 1970s, so his receiving numbers don't jump off the page like some of his descendants. But he still revolutionized the tight end position during his three years at USC.
Young's 1972 season, where he finished with 29 catches for 470 yards and led USC to the National Championship, earned him consensus All-American honors.
Those 29 catches and 470 were both the fifth-most in college football, coming one year after he led the nation with six touchdown grabs. We might see Pac-12 tight ends put up higher gross numbers, but it's rare to see one do so well nationally.
Young was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
Lynn Swann, USC
John Jefferson, Arizona State
Marcedes Lewis, UCLA