Power Ranking Top 10 College Football Wide Receivers For 2015 Season
2015 College Football Season
July 29, 2015
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As we get closer to the 2015 college football season, it’s time to take a look at the top wide receivers in the country.
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1. Rashard Higgins, Colorado State Rams - Rashard Higgins led the country last season with 1,750 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. Seventy of Higgins 96 receptions produced a first down and he had 24 receptions of at least 25 yards. Higgins had at least 110 receiving yards in 10 of his 12 games and could have easily pushed for 2,000 receiving yards if he didn’t miss a game against Hawaii. It’s a shame CSU doesn’t get a ton of college football exposure, as this kid is the real deal and has 23 touchdowns in his first two seasons.
2. D'haquille Williams, Auburn Tigers - D'haquille Williams had just 45 receptions for 730 yards and five touchdowns in his first season with Auburn, but a lot of those low numbers have to do with poor quarterback play. Nobody in the country can adjust to a football or highpoint like Williams. Duke is a huge target and averaged more than 16 yards per catch last season. Williams had eight receptions of 25 or more yards and all but eight of his catches moved the chains. With a better quarterback, Duke Williams will make a strong case as the best receiver in the SEC and possibly the country overall.
3. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss Rebles - Laquon Treadwell has been a consistent target for Ole Miss the last two seasons, as he’s racked up more than 1,200 receiving yards in 22 games. Treadwell was 14th in the SEC last season with 632 receiving yards despite playing just nine games due to a nasty leg injury. Treadwell is a playmaker with nine receptions of 25 or more yards his first two seasons and now that he’s healthy, he’s easily one of the most dangerous receivers in all of college football.
4. Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina Gamecocks - While Amari Cooper was getting all the attention in the SEC last year, Pharoh Cooper quietly put up 1,136 receiving yards nine touchdowns on 69 receptions. Cooper is a speedster who had 28 receptions of at least 15 yards and torched Tennessee with 233 yards on 11 receptions. Cooper is also one of the more exciting WRs in the country, as he also rushed for 200 yards and threw for a couple touchdowns. With the other Cooper now in the NFL, there’s a new Cooper who can get some big time love in the SEC. This kid is a big time player.
5. KD Cannon, Baylor Bears - KD Cannon certainly didn’t disappoint in his first season with the Baylor Bears, as he produced 1,030 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 58 catches. Keep in mind that Cannon had this production despite Baylor having tons of other options. Imagine what he could do as the main target consistently. Cannon had 13 receptions of 25 or more yards and finished strong with 197 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Michigan State in the bowl game. I expect Cannon to take his game to the next level in his second season.
6. Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh Panthers - Tyler Boyd was 11th in the country last season with 1,261 receiving yards, which was good for second in the ACC. Boyd is a playmaker in the openfield, as 36 of his 78 receptions went for 15 or more yards and he topped 100 receiving yards in five of his final six games. Boyd returns kicks and can also be used on running plays due to his shiftiness in space. With Boyd and James Conner on the same offense, pittsburgh has a chance to be a sneaky team in the ACC.
7. Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma Sooners - Sterling Shepard finished 42nd with 970 receiving yards last season. That may not be that impressive until you find out he caught just two passes in his final six games as he was hampered by a groin injury. When healthy, Shepard topped 100 receiving yards in five of his first seven games and had 13 receptions of 25 or more yards. Shepard is a flat out grown man at the wide receiver position and makes tough catches look easy on a consistent basis. Expect a big time season from Shepard as he enters his senior year.
8. De'Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State Bulldogs - De'Runnya Wilson is a matchup problem at 6’5” and finished his last two games with more than 200 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Overall, Wilson had 680 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 47 receptions. Wilson had seven receptions of 25 or more yards and 32 of his catches moved the chains. If Wilson gets more looks and plays like he did towards the end of last season, there’s no doubt he’ll become a household name. It’s time for Wilson to have that breakout season that puts him on the map.
9. Corey Davis, Western Michigan Broncos - Corey Davis finished seventh in the country last season with 1,408 receiving yards and was third with 15 touchdowns. Davis had 17 receptions of 25-plus yards and picked up a first down 51 times. Davis topped 100 receiving yards in five of his last six games and caught six touchdowns in his final three contests. Oh, and this isn’t a fluke for Davis, who now has more than 2,300 receiving yards in two seasons with WMU. Davis is big time and gives Western Michigan a chance to do some damage this season in the MAC.
10. Josh Doctson, TCU Horned Frogs - Josh Doctson has always been a touchdown guy, as he’s racked up 20 of them in three seasons. Last season, Doctson turned into a complete receiver who topped 1,000 receiving yards and caught 65 passes. Doctson had 27 catches of 15 or more yards and caught four touchdowns in his final three games. Doctson now has more than 1,400 receiving yards since coming over from Wyoming. Yes, having Trevone Boykin at quarterback certainly helps, but Doctson has clearly improved his game each season and has formed a nice tandem that has many picking TCU to compete for a national championship.