College Football 2011: Which Receiver Will Lead Every BCS Conference in TD's?

Joe PenkalaCorrespondent IMay 17, 2011

College Football 2011: Which Receiver Will Lead Every BCS Conference in TD's?

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks rushes during a game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Much like the NFL, many of the top offenses have the ability to stretch defenses deep down the field through the air.

    While some teams believe that the best way to run an offense is to pound the ball on the ground to set up the pass, others laugh at that and just start throwing it at will.

    Wide receivers across the nation will make electrifying plays this year and wow us with one handed catches, diving catches and how did he do that catches.

    Here are the guys that will be visiting the end zone more then anyone else in their conference.

Big 12: Justin Blackmon

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    STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 05:  Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys warms up before the college football game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The Cowboys defe
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    Looking for the standout in the Big 12 is not hard to do. Junior receiver Justin Blackmon returns for his third season and has already won the Biletnikoff award in 2010.

    In 2010, Blackmon was a touchdown machine, catching 20 scores and never going a game without a touchdown reception.

    Much like other players on this list, one of the keys to success in 2011 will include the fact that Blackmon will have the same quarterback, Brandon Weeden, throwing passes to him.

    For opposing defenses in the Big 12, be prepared. Blackmon put up monster numbers in only his second year in school and will be even more difficult to cover as a junior.

SEC: Alshon Jeffery

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks pulls in this reception against Greg Reid #5 of the Florida State Seminoles during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by
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    When you take a look at the SEC, you are looking at a conference that is rich with talent that you could soon be watching on Sunday's. The player who took a huge step in 2010 and is ready to reach the next level in 2011 is Alshon Jeffery.

    Last year, Alshon Jeffery was named a first team All-American and was a finalist for the Biletnikoff award, an award given to the nations top receiver.

    From 2009 to 2010, Jeffery saw his receptions and yards almost double and then also saw an increase in his touchdown numbers.

    In 2011, Jeffery will have senior quarterback Stephen Garcia returning and ready to put up big numbers. For South Carolina to be competitive in the SEC they will need to target Jeffery early and often.

    To make things better for the talented receiver, defenses will not be able to just key on the passing game as freshman sensation Marcus Lattimore comes back for his second season.

Pac-12: Juron Criner

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    TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Wide receiver Juron Criner #82 of the Arizona Wildcats runs with the ball during the college football game against the Washington Huskies at Arizona Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.   The Wildcats defeated the Husk
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    Since beginning his career at Arizona, Juron Criner has been getting better and better and it is all pointing towards a monster senior season.

    Over the past two seasons, Criner and quarterback Nick Foles have developed a great relationship and have now been able to play together for long enough where they know each others thoughts on the field.

    In 2009, Criner hauled in nine touchdown catches, but was able to trump that in 2010 by catching 11 scores.

    When looking forward towards the 2011 season, this first-team All-Pac-10 receiver has himself set for a stand out season that will put him on top of the conference in touchdown receptions.

Big 10: Marvin McNutt

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    IOWA CITY, IA - OCTOBER 23- Wide receiver Marvin McNutt Jr. #7 of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates with teammate running back Adam Robinson #32 after scoring a touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of play at Kinnick Sta
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    Marvin McNutt is the one pick that will be hit or miss to lead the Big 10 in touchdown receptions.

    McNutt has the talent that is needed to pull this off but unlike other top receivers, he will be playing with a young quarterback that may need time to get up to speed.

    For the past two seasons, McNutt has caught eight scores and last year was named second team all Big Ten.

    When looking at Iowa's offense it is clear that Marvin McNutt is the number one option in the passing game; the only question in 2011 will be whether James Vandenberg get him the ball and let McNutt do the rest.

ACC: Willie Haulstead

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Chris Thompson #23 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates scoring a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks with Willie Haulstead #82 during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2010 in Atlanta, G
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    The ACC is the conference that is most wide open and ready for a star to emerge at the wide receiver position.

    With the high expectations at Florida State, a player ready to step into that role and have a standout season is Willie Haulstead.

    In 2010, Haulstead was able to catch six touchdowns while only starting five games. He was also able to catch 38 balls for 587 yards.

    Haulstead is a tall receiver that has all the physical tools to have a great junior year. If new quarterback E.J. Manual and Haulstead are able to get on the same page it could be a dangerous combination.

Big East: Mark Harrison

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    EAST HARTFORD, CT - OCTOBER 31:  Mark Harrison #81 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrates his touchdown with teammate Shamar Graves #3 in the second half against the Connecticut Huskies on October 31, 2009 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecti
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    Despite a down year for Rutgers, Mark Harrison was a ray of sunshine during this down season. Going into 2011, Harrison could be playing with a chip on his shoulder and playing with something to prove.

    While being in the top five in most major receiving statistics, Harrison was left off of both the first and second team Big East squads.

    In 2010, Harrison caught 44 passes and nine touchdowns, and will use the motivation of being snubbed in conference to lead him to an even better 2011.