The legend of Les Miles would not exist without his wide receivers.
Miles has been undoubtedly lucky. "The Mad Hatter" has won more than a handful of games miraculously in the fourth quarter. Miles' mythology and celebrity has grown because of it.
For every one of Miles' close victories and defeats, he has had elite talents make catches of high difficulty in the fourth quarter. The volume of superb pass-catchers during his tenure is astonishing considering the inconsistency of LSU's aerial attack. Before 2013, the LSU passing attack has been ninth or worse in the SEC in passing yards per game since 2009.
Miles has raked in at least two 4-star or better receiver prospects in every recruiting class except in 2006, 2009 and 2012, according to Rivals. And even during those "down" years, he still brought in talents such as Brandon LaFell and Rueben Randle. The talent has certainly reaped its benefits.
Because LSU has run a multi-faceted offense under Miles, he has had to make his receivers buy into a system that asks them to be unselfish and block well in the running game.
To determine who has been the best receiver since Miles has been in charge is an arduous task. For the sake of this list, a set of guidelines must be put into place.
- This does not account for special teams play.
- Stats can be deceiving. Judging a receiver's worth based on numbers alone would be unfair. Quarterback play, offensive coordinator and other factors went into the rankings.
Miles must look to the future for his next great Tiger receiver as Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry head to the pros. Avery Peterson and Malachi Dupre could break out next season as freshmen or Travin Dural as a sophomore. But for now, let's attempt to determine the greatest Miles has ever had thus far.