College Football: 2008 Top 10 Wide Receivers
This is Part Two of a series ranking the country's best players by position. You can read Part One here.
College Football is a great little machine. No matter the year, you are sure that great players will have great seasons—and no matter the position, there will always be a discussion on which player is better.
This year's Wide Receiver class is not as deep as previous years, but it is filled with underclassmen that will become household names by the end of the season, if they're not already.
So without further ado, here it goes.
1. Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
Only a redshirt freshman last year, Crabtree had the best season ever by a freshman WR—134 catches, 1,962 yards and 22 touchdown receptions.
With his partner in crime, QB Graham Harrell, also back this year, expect Crabtree to have as good a year as last.
If he does, it might be his last season in Lubbock.
2. Percy Harvin, Florida
The other half of Florida's dynamic duo.
A true playmaker if there ever was one, Harvin can do it all, from catching (59 receptions, 858 yards, and four TDs) to running (764 rush yards, six rush TDs). His ability to line up anywhere from sideline to sideline makes him a nightmare for opposing defenses.
Expect Harvin to do much of the same this year, as Florida has a team good enough to play for the SEC title. His team's success will help with his exposure.
3. Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
Another young gun that had a superb freshman year. Maclin returns as QB Chase Daniel's primary target. Therefore, expect his already lofty stats (80 receptions, 1,055 yards, nine TDs) to increase even more.
Maclin's 2,776 all-purpose yards shows what really makes him special. He can return punts, kickoffs, and run, all in addition to catching passes in Missouri's spread offense.
If not for Crabtree, Maclin would be the best receiver in his conference. Unfortunately for him, he will have to settle for second in the Big 12, and third on this list.
4. Juaquin Iglesias, Oklahoma
Quick question—who was Oklahoma's leading receiver last year?
If you answered Malcolm Kelly, sorry, wrong. Iglesias' 68 receptions for 907 yards and five TDs led the Sooners. With Kelly now a Washington Redskin, Iglesias' stats will be even better.
And with Sam Bradford boasting a full year under his belt, expect Iglesias to lay his claim to the title of best senior WR.
5. Jarett Dillard, Rice
The best receiver few people have heard of. Since he plays for the Rice Owls (3-9 last year), his accomplishments are not as well-published as Crabtree or Harvin.
But Dillard's numbers are as good as any. His 2007 numbers (79 receptions 1,057 yards and 14 TDs) are not even as good as his 2006 ones (91 receptions, 1,247 yards, and 21 TDs).
The reason? A new offensive coordinator and a new offensive scheme meant a learning curve that compromised Dillard's early season stats.
He played better late in the season. This year, without having to learn a new offensive scheme, expect Dillard to play like his 2006 self.
Rounding out the top 10:
6. Arrelious Benn, Illinois
7. Mike Thomas, Arizona
8. Tiquan Underwood, Rutgers
9. Brian Robiskie, Ohio State
10. Julio Jones, Alabama
Disagree? Was your favourite wide receiver not on the list? Think player X was too high or too low? Well, the comment box is made for you.
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