Top 10 SEC Wide Receivers in 2010
Every season the SEC features some of the best wide receivers and game changers in the nation.
Players like Percy Harvin, Dwayne Bowe, and Sidney Rice are just a couple names who have dominated SEC defensive backs in past seasons.
2010 figures to be a great year for the reputation of wide receivers in the SEC. Quarterbacks like Greg McElroy and Ryan Mallett will certainly help distribute the ball to great playmakers throughout the season.
Here are the top 10 SEC wide receivers going into the 2010 season.
10. Jarius Wright
The second option in this year's Razorback offense should still produce good enough numbers to warrant a spot amongst the 10 best receivers in the SEC.
Wright will lineup across from star receiver Greg Childs. In 2009, Wright had 41 receptions for 681 yards and five touchdowns.
The Arkansas offense brings back nine starters for a squad that led the SEC in scoring and passing.
Barring a fluke injury to Heisman hopeful quarterback Ryan Mallett, Wright should be able to post even bigger numbers in 2010.
Big play threat Joe Adams will also contribute in the Arkansas passing attack this fall, and he might displace Wright on this list by the end of the season.
9. Deonte Thompson
Thompson may have not posted good enough numbers to warrant a spot on this list, but I believe that the top receiving threat in a Gators uniform under Urban Meyer will almost always be in the top 10 in the SEC.
Thompson caught 24 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns in 2009. Thompson will be looking to use his 4.3 speed to greatly increase those numbers this fall.
With John Brantley at the helm this year, the Gators will turn to a more pro-style attack in 2010. This change should benefit Thompson, and he has the potential to put up gaudy numbers this year for the Gators.
8. Gerald Jones
Somewhat due to injury, Jones only had a total of 29 receiving yards through four games last season. However, he came on strong to finish with 680 yards and four touchdowns on 46 catches.
Unfortunately for Jones, a lot has changed for the Volunteer offense since last year.
Derek Dooley took over for Lane Kiffin at the head coaching position, and there are only three other returning starters on offense besides Jones.
At quarterback, Matt Simms and Tyler Bray are the top two competitors for the starting spot, but they both have no experience as a starter for Tennessee.
Fortunately for Jones, he will have fellow senior receiver Denarius Moore and productive tight end Luke Stocker to spread defenses for him.
Jones will be the top target for an inexperienced quarterback, so look for his numbers to start off slow but increase as they year goes along.
7. Terrance Toliver
Toliver will be looking forward to a breakout season in 2010 now that Brandon LaFell is now playing in the NFL.
Toliver still posted good numbers as LSU's second option in 2009. Toliver brought in 53 receptions for 735 yards and three touchdowns.
The junior wideout will also benefit from a more experienced Jordan Jefferson at quarterback. Jefferson will be looking to Toliver as his first option in an offense that will experience some growing pains this season.
6. Alshon Jeffery
Jeffery proved in his freshman season that he has the potential to become the best receiver in the SEC.
His 6'4", 237 pound frame gives him the ability to physically dominate defenders, and he still has enough speed to make plays in the open field. That open-field elusiveness was best evidenced by his 80 yard touchdown catch against Arkansas.
Through five games last year, Jeffery only had five receptions, but he took off from there. He finished with 46 catches for 763 yards and six touchdowns.
The consensus Freshman All-American will be the top option in Steve Spurrier's offense from Day One in 2010. If Stephen Garcia improves this fall, Jeffery could become a star in the SEC.
5. Randall Cobb
In one word, Randall Cobb can be perfectly described as electric.
Cobb could be listed as a running back or a receiver, but it really doesn't matter where you put him on the field because he can change a game from anywhere.
In 2009, Cobb had 39 receptions for 447 yards and four touchdowns. His rushing statistics were even more impressive.
While mostly playing out of the Wildcat formation, Cobb rushed for 573 yards and 10 touchdowns. Since Cobb came to Kentucky as a quarterback, defenses still had to account for his passing abilities despite the fact he only attempted 13 passes in 2009.
Cobb also returned punts and kicks last year for the Wildcats, and he returned one punt for a score.
If the Kentucky coaching staff continues to utilize Cobb like they did last year, than expect Cobb to become one of the best dual-threat players in the country this season.
4. Darvin Adams
Adams returns for his juniors season as the SEC's returning leader in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns from a year ago.
Adams came from relative obscurity as a freshman to become a sophomore star. Adams caught 60 passes for 997 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
All of that came after a freshman campaign that saw him only collect 3 receptions for 18 yards.
Adams came up huge for the Tigers in their rivalry game versus Alabama and in the Outback Bowl. He had 138 yards against the Crimson Tide and 142 in a win over Northwestern.
Auburn will turn the quarterback reigns over to athletic Cam Newton this fall. This move, along with the return of many other skill position players, should help Adams have a very strong 2010 campaign.
3. Greg Childs
Childs may end up being the best wide receiver in the SEC this fall for a few reasons.
First, he has the best quarterback in the conference throwing the ball to him. That is definitely a great thing, and that could be the deciding factor between Childs and A.J. Green when it's all settled.
Secondly, Childs has already proven to be a very productive player. Last season, Childs brought in 48 receptions for 897 yards and seven touchdowns.
Lastly, Childs performs his best in the biggest games. Childs's three 100 yard games last year came against Georgia, Florida, and LSU. If he can bring that type of production every week, Childs could be the best SEC receiver by the end of the year.
2. Julio Jones
Jones had a statistically disappointing season in 2009, mostly due to injuries. Despite this, he still hauled in 43 catches for 596 yards and four touchdowns.
Because of Nick Saban's conservative game-planning, Jones may never post eye-popping numbers. However, he is still arguably the most athletic receiver in the conference.
Jones's 2009 campaign has been best remembered for the catch-and-run he made against LSU to put the Tide up for good. The 73 yard reception was his longest for the year, and it was one of the most important plays in securing Alabama's perfect season.
If Jones can stay healthy, he should be able to live up they hype he created for himself after his spectacular freshman season.
1. A.J. Green
Despite missing three games last season, Green collected 53 catches for 808 yards and six touchdowns.
Green began 2009 very strong until he suffered a bruised lung and was forced to sit out against Tennessee Tech. Prior to the injury, Green hauled in 41 catches for 682 yards and six touchdowns. Green also missed the last two games of the regular season with an injured shoulder.
If Green is able to stay healthy in 2010, he should be able to post some incredible numbers if he maintains or increases the pace he was on in 2009.
The biggest threat to Green becoming the top SEC wide receiver in 2010 is the question marks facing the Bulldogs at quarterback.
Freshman Aaron Murray and junior Logan Gray will be battling for the starting position even though neither of them have started a college game.
Green will need one of these quarterbacks to step up quickly if he can lay claim to the title of being the best wide receiver in the SEC this fall.