College football is almost here. usa today sports is preparing you for the 2018 season by breaking down the best players at each position in the football bowl subdivision.
next: wide receivers. There is no clear, unmissable headliner at the position heading into the regular season. but with as many as 15 or 20 fighting for recognition, it should be intense competition for national hardware and American postseason honors.
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From the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Pac-12 Conference and all points in between, these are the best wide receivers in college football for 2018.
1. aj brown, mississippi
You had an idea that Brown was ready for a good run with the Mavericks after his strong freshman season in 2016. Then he took things to another level: Brown caught 75 balls and scored 11 touchdowns as a sophomore. to cement his place as the top receiver in the southeastern conference and the entire fbs. the nfl is waiting.
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2. n’keal harry, arizona state
There may not be a more physically gifted receiver in college football, with all due respect to brown and the other names on this list. Once a top-tier recruit, Harry lived up to the hype by making 82 receptions for 1,142 yards as a sophomore in 2017. His connection to ASU quarterback Manny Wilkins ensures Harry will rank in the top five receivers. productive in the country.
3. david sills, west virginia
The Sills averaged a touchdown catch for every three receptions in 2017, which is as good a number as any to describe their winding path from must-see quarterback prospect to All-America preseason lockout. At a beefy 6-4 and over 200 pounds, Sills has the size and body control to dominate the red zone and mess with smaller defensive backs. the best part? you can argue that, due to his relative inexperience, the best of sills is yet to come.
4. kelvin harmon, state of north carolina
harmon and quarterback ryan finley make one of the best offensive combinations in fbs. harmon hasn’t garnered the same level of publicity as his quarterback, but that should change in 2018. his size, toughness and strength put harmon in an elite class of receivers, and makes him a threat to drop in the first round of the next year. nfl draft.
5. anthony johnson, buffalo
The first of two groups of five receivers on this list, Johnson led all returning FBS receivers in receiving touchdowns (14), receiving yards per game (113) and overall receiving yards (1,356). the former junior college transfer simply brings too much to the table for mid-american conference defenses to handle. Buffalo’s first matchups with Temple, Rutgers and Army will give Johnson three chances to prove himself outside of conference.
6. marquise brown, oklahoma
Nationally, Brown’s first year in Oklahoma slipped under the radar amid Baker Mayfield’s Heisman Trophy, tight end Jake Andrews’ all-American production and running back Rodney Anderson’s torrid second half of the regular season. But Juco’s transfer was a revelation: Brown led Oklahoma in receiving yards (1,095) and catching yards (19.21) while saving some of his best performances for the biggest Beforeers games like Oklahoma State, the championship game of the big 12 and the bowl of roses.
7. Stanley Morgan Jr., Nebraska
morgan exemplifies nebraska’s offensive outlook in scott frost’s first season: inexperience as a quarterback, unproven speed as a running back, a highly questionable frontline and burning talent as a receiver. Morgan is the best of the bunch for a solid group that provides some optimism heading into Frost’s debut. If he’s healthy, Morgan will break his school record for receiving yards in a season, become the first corn husker to reach 1,000 yards, and compete for accolades from across America.
8. deebo samuel, south carolina
Returned to full strength after missing all but the first few weeks of last season, Samuel will give South Carolina the kind of big-play, innovative threat it needs to give Georgia a run for Division Two. East. Samuel, already one of the most electric returners in the country, showed in three games in 2017 that he is more than capable of shouldering the load as the main receiving option for the gamecocks.
9. penny hart, state of georgia
Few know Hart, who plays in relative obscurity for Georgia State in the Sun Belt Conference, but his numbers can’t be ignored. Hart leads all active FBS players in his career receiving yards (2,281), receiving yards per game (84.5) and receiving scores (17). Hart, the 2015 sbc freshman of the year, missed all but two halves of 2016 but led the conference in receptions and touchdowns again a year ago.
10. jonathan giles, lsu
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a name you should know: giles was a stallion for texas tech in 2016, when he had 69 receptions for 1,158 yards, before opting to transfer to lsu. After sitting out last season, Giles has risen to the top of the Tigers’ pecking order, hoping his relationship with transfer Ohio State graduate Joe Burrow will add a bit of explosiveness to the offense often. predictable from lsu.
five from the list
jaylen smith, louisville
ahmmon richards, miami (fla.)
collin johnson, texas
cody thompson, toledo
juwan johnson, penn state
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