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Martize Barr, Illinois
In his first season as an Illini, Barr recorded 26 receptions for 246 yards and had one touchdown. Coming to the Illini from Iowa Western C.C., he played a role in what was ultimately a deep wide receiver group in 2013. He will be the most experienced player returning in the receiver corps this fall, so look for him to be a name that people are talking about coming out of the spring.
Stefon Diggs, Maryland
There may not be a more dynamic playmaker at wide receiver in the Big Ten than Diggs, who hasn't even played a down of football in a conference game yet. He was on pace to be a monster in his sophomore season, but he suffered a severe broken leg against Wake Forest and missed the final six games of the season because of it.
The numbers he put up—34 receptions, 587 yards and three touchdowns—were all on the way to breaking his freshman totals. Entering spring, we just don't know what Diggs will look like after that nasty broken leg, and that's the only thing keeping him off this list.
Tony Lippett, Michigan State
The progress of quarterback Connor Cook was helped by Lippett, who finally found a reliable set of hands midway through last year. He finished 2013 with a respectable 44 receptions for 613 yards and two touchdowns, but most were left wondering what could have been had things clicked from the very start of the season. There's little reason he can't be a top-tier WR this season if his progression continues.
Macgarrett Kings Jr., Michigan State
Totaling 42 receptions for 509 yards and three touchdowns, the sophomore became one of Cook's more reliable targets as the season went on. He came up huge in the final two contests, grabbing nine receptions for 119 yards in the Big Ten Championship Game and Rose Bowl combined. The soon-to-be junior has a massive upside coming into 2014.
Jordan Westerkamp, Nebraska
Speaking of memorable freshmen from last season, Westerkamp had one of the most unforgettable plays of the 2013 Big Ten season fall right into his hands. He caught the game-winning Hail Mary from Ron Kellogg III in the win over Northwestern.
It wasn't his only feat, though, as he made a name for himself in a stacked wide receiver corps last season, grabbing 20 receptions for 283 yards and that touchdown. With some of the guys in front of him now gone, 2014 could be even more productive for the soon-to-be sophomore.
Tony Jones, Northwestern
You may not know this name that well given Northwestern's 3-9 season and one-win Big Ten campaign, but you should. Jones leads all returning receivers with 55 receptions and was sixth in the conference with 4.6 receptions per game while adding 630 yards and four touchdowns. However, Jones just missed the cut due to the talent that was so close to him and his numbers last season.
DeAngelo Yancey, Purdue
Yancey and his quarterback Danny Etling are the two biggest reasons for some hope in West Lafayette this spring. In 2013, the redshirt freshman made a quick impression, showing a great relationship was developing with his quarterback. He led the team with 32 receptions for 546 yards but had just two touchdowns. The 2014 season could be huge for one of the best physical wide receivers in the Big Ten.