Who Has the Most Receptions in College Football History?

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The College Football Players with the Most Career Receptions

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These are the top ten college football players with the most career receptions. 

With teams relying on the air attack more and more in modern football, it’s not surprising to see an exclusively 21st-century list here. Players from schools from all across the country have managed to put up some big receptions numbers in recent years. With the way the game is going we’re likely to see some major shakeups on this list from college football campaigns still to come. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

1. Zay Jones, East Carolina, 399 (2013-16) - Jones heads up our receptions list at No. 1 following a stellar college career at East Carolina. He jumped right in with 62 catches his freshman year, then plugged in 81 more in his second season. The monster campaign came in 2016, when Jones set an NCAA Division I record of 158 receptions in a single season. He was selected First Team All-American and All-ACC that year, and went on to be drafted by the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. 

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2. Justin Hardy, East Carolina, 387 (2011-14) - East Carolina holds the top two spots on this receptions list, and Hardy briefly held the all-time lead before his teammate Jones broke the record a couple of seasons later. Hardy began his college career as a walk-on, and his success earned a Burlsworth Trophy win in 2014. The next year, Hardy was drafted in the fourth round by the Falcons. 

3. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma, 349 (2008-11) - Let’s venture away from the East Coast and visit with Oklahoma’s Broyles. His college career began with great promise, as he posted a school-record 141 yards in his very first game. Broyles also briefly held the all-time receptions record before being overtaken by the ECU duo. In 2012, Broyles was drafted by the Lions and played two seasons in the NFL. 

4. Corey Davis, Western Michigan, 331 (2013-16) - Davis was a frequent fixture on MAC leaderboards during his college football tenure. He set school freshman records in his first season, posting 67 catches and 941 yards. When his WMU career was finished, Davis had notched awards for MAC Freshman of the Year, MAC Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-American. Davis was selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Titans. 

5. Trent Taylor, Louisiana Tech, 327 (2013-16) - Taylor started his college career on a relatively quiet pace, with 28 receptions for 260 yards in his freshman season. He would build those stats up immensely in the following years however, culminating with 136 catches for 1,803 yards and 12 scores in 2016. Taylor was MVP of the Armed Forces Bowl that year with 12 catches for 233 yards and two TDs in the game. The 49ers picked up Taylor in the fifth round of the 2017 draft. 

6. Taylor Stubblefield, Purdue, 325 (2001-04) - Stubblefield is another guy who held the all-time receptions lead for a little while. He was very effective as a possession receiver at Purdue, and somehow notched 77 catches with zero touchdowns in his sophomore season. Stubblefield got his scoring in during his senior year though, with 89 grabs for 1,095 yards and 16 TDs. After a brief NFL stint, Stubblefield transitioned to coaching roles. 

7. Tommy Shuler, Marshall, 322 (2011-14) - Shuler is a legend in Herd circles, and rightfully so. His dynamic relationship with QB Rakeem Cato propelled Marshall to dizzying statistical heights, including back-to-back 100-catch seasons for Shuler (110 in 2012 and 106 in 2013). He also had a streak of 41 straight games with at least one reception. 

8. Tyron Carrier, Houston, 320 (2008-11) - In addition to being a prolific pass-catcher at Houston, Carrier also stood out on special teams. He returned seven kickoffs for touchdowns during his collegiate days, and after his senior year he was second on the all-time catch list. Carrier spent time in the CFL before becoming a coach. 

9. Gabe Marks, Washington State, 316 (2012-16) - In 2012, Marks began his college football career with a bang, notching 49 receptions for 560 yards and two touchdowns. His best season was his junior campaign, which featured 104 catches, 1,192 yards and 15 scores. Marks was number one in the Pac-12 in both receptions and receiving touchdowns in 2015. 

10. Josh Davis, Eric Page, Jordan White, 306 (Marshall, Toledo, WMU) - There’s a bit of a logjam in the number 10 spot on our career receptions list with a three-way tie, but we’ll be sure to mention everyone. Marshall’s Josh Davis, Toledo’s Eric Page and Western Michigan’s Jordan White each managed 306 receptions during their collegiate careers, and were vital parts of their respective teams’ on-field successes. 

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