25 Best College Football QB/WR Duos of 2013

Alex Callos@@alexcallosCorrespondent IJune 25, 2013

25 Best College Football QB/WR Duos of 2013

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    Similar to the NFL, college football has evolved into a passing league over the years. The 2013 season will be no different, but there are not nearly as many talented receivers this year as there have been in the past.

    There are a lot of talented quarterbacks across the country, but not a lot of those quarterbacks have All-American caliber receivers to throw the ball to.

    With that being said, there are still some excellent duos throughout the nation.

    Here are the 25 best quarterback-wide receiver combinations heading into the 2013 season.

Honorable Mentions

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    These five duos didn't quite crack the list, but could still make a splash this coming season.

    David Ash and Mike Davis-Texas: The Texas Longhorns will be throwing the ball around a lot this year, and there is no question that Mike Davis will be on the receiving end of a ton of David Ash passes.

    Keith Wenning and Willie Snead-Ball State: Not a lot is known about this Ball State duo, but they are one of the best and most experienced in the country.

    Braxton Miller and Devin Smith-Ohio State: Braxton Miller is one of the best quarterbacks in the country, but he does not have a huge target at wide receiver. Devin Smith is as good a deep play threat as there is in college football, averaging nearly 21 yards a reception over his first two seasons.

    Justin Hardy and Shane Carden-East Carolina: This senior East Carolina duo connected on 11 touchdowns last season with 88 receptions and 1,105 yards.

    Devin Gardner and Jeremy Gallon-Michigan: Devin Gardner did an admirable job filling in for Denard Robinson last season, and now he will be the starter. Jeremy Gallon will without question be his top target.

No. 25 Bryn Renner and Quinshad Davis-North Carolina

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    Bryn Renner has seemingly been the quarterback at North Carolina for nearly a decade, but he will only be entering his senior season in 2013.

    While he does not have an accomplished wide receiver, one youngster who appears poised to step up is sophomore Quinshad Davis.

    Davis caught 61 passes last season for 776 yards and five touchdowns. He has size to go up and get balls. Look for him to go over 1,000 yards in 2013.

No. 24 Keith Price and Kaseen Williams-Washington

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    Washington has two excellent playmakers in tight end Austin Sefrian-Jenkins and wide receiver Kasen Williams.

    Williams is the leading returning receiver from last season and should improve on the 878 yards and six touchdowns from a year ago. Look for a huge season from the junior wideout.

    Quarterback Keith Price is one of the most complete in the Pac-12, and these two make for an excellent combination. He will need to improve on a junior season that had its fair share of struggles. 

No. 23 Taysom Hill and Cody Hoffman-BYU

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    BYU quarterback Taysom Hil saw limited action last season as a freshman, only throwing 71 passes in a third-string role.

    He will be the starter in 2013 and will have one of the best targets in all of college football to throw the ball to.

    Senior Cody Hoffman single-handedly allows this duo to crack the list. Last season he caught 100 passes for 1,248 yards and 11 scores. 

    Hoffman will be one of the most difficult players to slow down this season.

No. 22 Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks-Oregon State

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    It is still a toss-up as to who will be the Oregon State starting quarterback, as both Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz are prepared to battle it out all summer long.

    Either way, teaming with wide receiver Brandin Cooks puts this duo in the top 25.

    Cooks caught 67 passes for 1,151 yards and five touchdowns last season. It didn't matter who was throwing him the ball. This guy produced big time.

    Either Mannion or Vaz will suffice for the Beavers in 2013.

No. 21 Blake Bell and Jalen Saunders-Oklahoma

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    Jalen Saunders was the No. 3 receiver for Oklahoma last season, and Blake Bell was not even the starting quarterback, but there is plenty of talent with this duo.

    Saunders caught 62 passes for 829 yards and three touchdowns. He will now be the go-to guy as wide receivers with Kenny Stills and Justin Brown have moved on.

    There is still a lot of questions as to whether or not Bell can throw the football. But, he is at Oklahoma for a reason. The Sooners' passing attack will be just fine, and this duo will lead the way.

No. 20 Chase Rettig and Alex Amidon-Boston College

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    Not a lot is known about Boston College wide receiver Alex Amidon, but he is one of the most skilled in the ACC.

    Last season Amidon caught 78 passes for 1,210 yards and seven touchdowns. That was a vast improvement from his previous two seasons. He will be entering his senior year, and will expect similar numbers.

    Quarterback Chase Rettig will also be a senior. He threw for over 3,000 yards in an unsuccessful 2012 campaign.

    This duo has not had a lot of success over the past three years and will be looking to change that in 2013.

No. 19 Christian Hackenburg and Allen Robinson-Penn State

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    Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson had a dynamic junior season, catching 77 passes for 1,108 yards and 11 touchdowns.

    Former quarterback Matt McGloin is gone, but 5-star recruit Christian Hackenburg is one of the most highly anticipated in the 2013 class.

    It might take him a while to get his bearings straight, but when he does, this could be one of the best combinations in the Big Ten.

    They could also help Penn State surprise some folks once again.

No. 18 Zach Mettenberger and Odell Beckham-LSU

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    Zach Mettenberger did not have the season some at LSU were expecting, but he did show some improvements. Entering his second season as a starter, he will likely improve on those numbers.

    His top target will be wide receiver Odell Beckham. Beckham caught 43 passes for 713 yards and two touchdowns a year ago.

    LSU is likely going to feature a heavy dose of runs, but when it does decide to pass, Mettenberger will air it out to Beckham who averaged 16.6 yards a catch last season.

No. 17 Bo Wallace and Donte Moncrief-Ole Miss

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    Ole Miss was quite a surprise last season, and should be even more talented in 2013.

    The offense was led by wide receiver Donte Moncrief and quarterback Bo Wallace. Moncrief caught 66 passes for 979 yards and 10 touchdowns.

    Both are only juniors, so the duo might be even higher a year from now.

    If the Rebels are going to have another bowl season, this duo will have to repeat the numbers from last season.

No. 16 Stephen Morris and Phillip Dorsett-Miami

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    Miami returns a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. Among that talent is the senior quarterback Stephen Morris and wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.

    Dorsett caught 58 passes for 842 yards and four touchdowns as a junior in 2012. Those numbers are likely to improve in 2013 as the Hurricanes' offense should be much better.

    Morris threw 21 touchdowns a year ago, but only four of them went to Dorsett. Expect that number to change, as he will be the top target once again this year.

No. 15 Austyn Carta-Samuels and Jordan Mathews-Vanderbilt

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    Even though Austyn Carta-Samuels is the new starting quarterback for Vanderbilt, the Commodores duo cracks the top 15 because Jordan Matthews is one of the top three receivers in college football this season.

    Matthews caught 94 passes last season for 1,323 yards and eight touchdowns.

    Carta-Samuels has had some success at Wyoming in the past, so he is not a complete stranger to being a starting college football quarterback.

    This duo could surprise a lot of people in 2013, as could the Commodores.

No. 14 Marcus Mariota and Josh Huff-Oregon

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    Oregon might have the best offense in the country, and it all starts with quarterback Marcus Mariota.

    He is one of the best in the nation at his position and could have a shot at the Heisman trophy in 2013.

    The Ducks are not a team that throws the ball around a lot, but when they do wide receiver Josh Huff is the top target.

    Last season Huff caught 32 passes for 493 yards and seven touchdowns. Those numbers should go up this year and if they do Oregon will be in the national title conversation.

No. 13 Max Wittek and Marqise Lee-USC

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    It is still a huge question exactly who will be the USC starting quarterback this coming season, as it is very much up in the air. 

    Whether it is sophomore Max Wittek, freshman Max Browne or redshirt sophomore Cody Kessler, that player will have the best target in the entire country.

    Wide receiver Marqise Lee caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. Those are astronomical numbers. It will be hard to imagine the star duplicating those in 2013, but he just might come close.

    Lee easily puts the USC duo on the list.

No. 12 Teddy Bridgewater and DeVante Parker-Louisville

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    Teddy Bridgewater made a name for himself with his performance in the Sugar Bowl. He vaults into the 2013 season as one of the most talked about players in the country.

    He does not have a huge target to throw the ball to, but DeVante Parker is the closest thing to it.

    Parker caught only 40 passes last season for 744 yards and 10 touchdowns, but he averaged 18.6 yards a reception.

    Those numbers should go up this season after another year with Bridgewater under his belt.

No. 11 Terrance Owens and Bernard Reedy-Toledo

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    It is not likely that many people know too much about this duo, but the combination of quarterback Terrance Owens and wide receiver Bernard Reedy is one of the best in the country.

    Toledo runs a very balanced offensive attack, but when the Rockets pass, Owens has a favorite target in Reedy.

    Reedy caught 89 passes last season for 1,120 yards and six scores. He is very small in stature, but makes up for it with all the intangibles.

    The duo will begin their senior season as one of the best combinations in the entire nation.

No. 10 Brett Hundley and Shaquelle Evans-UCLA

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    Brett Hundley had a terrific freshman season, but was overshadowed by the play of other young, talented quarterbacks.

    He threw for 3,745 yards with 29 touchdowns and had a favorite target in wide receiver Shaquelle Evans. Evans caught 60 passes for 877 yards and three scores. 

    The touchdown number is almost certain to improve in 2013. He will be a huge part of the offense for the Bruins.

    If a repeat of last season is in store, this team will need a huge year from these two guys.

No. 9 Rakeem Cato and Tommy Shuler-Marshall

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    Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato was a passing machine last season, throwing for 4,201 yards and 37 touchdowns.

    His top target was wide receiver Tommy Shuler. Shuler caught 110 passes for 1,138 yards and six scores. He only averaged 10.3 yards a catch, but was near the top of the country in total receptions.

    If this group puts up numbers like this against stiffer competition, it could easily find itself in the top five on the list.

    As it stands both members of the duo are only entering their junior season, so there is still room to grow and develop.

No. 8 Aaron Murray and Malcolm Mitchell-Georgia

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    Malcolm Mitchell was not the top target for Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray last season, but with Tavarres King now gone, he will step into that role in 2013.

    Last year Mitchell caught 40 passes for 572 yards and four touchdowns. Those numbers were down slightly from his freshman season and he will need a bounce-back year if the Bulldogs are going to contend for the SEC title and a national championship.

    Murray will once again be one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. In 2012 he passed for 3,893 yards and 36 scores. Very impressive numbers in the SEC.

No. 7 Clint Chelf and Josh Stewart-Oklahoma State

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    Even with Wes Lunt having transferred, there is still some debate as to who will be the Oklahoma State starting quarterback this season. It looks like it is going to be senior Clint Chelf, but sophomore J.W. Walsh might have something to say about that. 

    Either way, one of the two will have the opportunity to throw the ball to stud wide receiver Josh Stewart. Last season Stewart caught 101 balls for 1,210 yards and seven touchdowns.

    The Cowboys are no stranger to putting points on the board. This year should be no different with Stewart entering his junior year.

No. 6 Derek Carr and Davante Adams-Fresno State

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    Not a lot is known about Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, but even less is known about Bulldogs wide receiver Davante Adams.

    Last year Carr threw for 4,104 yards with 37 touchdowns, while Adams was on the receiving end of 14 of those scoring passes. He also caught 102 passes for 1,312 yards on the season.

    Adams was only a freshman in 2012, so he will certainly be able to continue to improve over the next few years. 

    He has the size and skill set to be an elite college football receiver, and to be a household name as early as next season.

No. 5 David Fales and Noel Grigsby-San Jose State

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    San Jose State is another squad that loves to throw the ball around. The Spartans were sixth in the country last year in passing yards led by quarterback David Fales.

    Fales passed for 4,193 yards and 33 touchdowns. Wide receiver Noel Grigsby caught nine of those touchdown passes. He also caught 82 passes for 1,307 yards.

    He is a big play threat every time he touches the ball.

    Fales is one of the most complete quarterbacks in the country. He might go over 4,500 yards passing this year.

No. 4 Taylor Martinez and Kenny Bell-Nebraska

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    Taylor Martinez developed his passing game in a big way last year, and it clearly showed in the offensive numbers for the Cornhuskers.

    He threw for 2,871 yards with 23 touchdowns. His biggest target was wide receiver Kenny Bell.

    Bell hauled in 50 passes for 863 yards and eight touchdowns, while averaging 17.3 yards a reception.

    This group could see a huge improvement this season with more of an emphasis on the pass in 2013. That is why they are so high on the list.

No. 3 Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins-Clemson

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    Wide receiver Sammy Watkins might not have had the season most were expecting in 2012 as he only caught 57 passes for 708 yards and three scores.

    He was in and out of the lineup. If he can stay on the field, it is not out of the question that he could improve on the season he had as a freshman in 2011.

    Quarterback Tajh Boyd is one of the best in the country. In 2012 he threw 36 touchdown passes with 3,896 yards. He is one of the most complete quarterbacks in the nation, and his toughness is unmatched as well.

    This duo could end up at the top with an excellent season.

No. 2 A.J. McCarron and Amari Cooper-Alabama

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    Just missing out on the top spot is a very talented duo from Alabama.

    Quarterback A.J. McCarron has turned into one of the best in the nation, culminating with a junior season that featured 30 touchdowns and only three picks.

    His favorite target was wide receiver Amari Cooper. Cooper hauled in 59 passes for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns

    He was only a freshman in 2012, so his progress will likely be immense. He came on strong at the end of the season, going over 100 yards in each of the final three games.

    The Crimson Tide will once again be in the national title picture, but if they are going to come out on top, Cooper will need to develop into one of the best receivers in the country.

No. 1 Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans-Texas A&M

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    Everybody knows about the season Johnny Manziel had, but not a lot was said when it came to his top target in 2012.

    Wide receiver Mike Evans caught 82 passes for 1,105 yards and five scores. He was only a freshman last season. That does not bode well for SEC defenses this coming year.

    While there are a lot of new additions to the Texas A&M roster this season, Evans will still be the go-to guy when Manziel drops back to pass.

    For that reason, this duo is at the top of the list.


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