Pac-12 Position Rankings: Wide Receivers

WildcatAuthority.com continues its position rankings, with Arizona clearly being ahead of the pack for wide receivers. Who comes after? Which teams should be worried?

WildcatAuthority.com continues its Pac-12 unit rankings with a look at receivers. Arizona gets the top spot due in large part to its depth and fact that it has the best receivers in the country.

1. Arizona: When Juron Criner announced that he was coming back to school, it insured that Arizona would have the best receiving core in the conference. Criner caught 82 passes for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns and could put up similar numbers this year.

In addition to Criner, David Douglas, David Roberts, and Terrence Miller all had at least 300 receiving yards. That doesn't even include Dan Buckner, who is expected to come in and make an immediate impact.

Last season, Arizona led the conference in receptions and receiving yards and this season should be no different.

2. Washington: The Huskies have one of the top receivers in the conference returning in Jermaine Kearse, who had 1005 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

James Johnson only played in one game last season, but the coaching staff is expecting big things from him in addition to returning receiver Devil Aguilar.

Cody Bruns also has potential to be solid and the Huskies have solid overall depth.

3. Cal: The Golden Bears return their top two receivers last season in Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen.

Both combined for 96 receptions with 1255 yards and nine touchdowns. Michael Allen and Coleman Edmond will be asked to have expanded roles this season and a lot of their success will be based on quarterback play, which is still a question mark.

4. . Utah: With Norm Chow being the offensive coordinator, the Utes will be using two wide receivers and that has now created a major competition.

Devonte Christopher was hurt most of the spring, but he is coming back after going for 660 yards and six touchdowns.

After Christopher, it is a bit more wide open. Redshirt freshman Dres Anderson had a great spring and now may be the starter due in large part to his speed on the deep balls. Kenneth Scott, Reggie Dunn, and Dexter Ransom are all expected to contribute as well, but it will be interesting to see how much considering the offense being run.

5. USC: Robert Woods burst onto the scene last scene, catching 65 passes for 692 yards and six touchdowns.

The Trojans lost Ronald Johnson from last season, but are hoping that Brandon Carswell can step in and be a consistent starter.

After that, there is not much experience, as the Trojans would ideally like to see Markeith Ambles finally contribute or De'Von Flournoy have a big sophomore year.

6. Arizona State: Mike Willie is recovering from offseason surgery and T.J. Simpson has suffered a knee injury, but there is still plenty of talent here.

Gerrell Robinson will finally be asked to be the explosive receiver ASU thought it had when he committed and Aaron Pflugrad will have an expanded role after catching 29 balls last year.

Ideally, the Sun Devils would like to see another receiver step up, such as J.J. Holiday or George Bell.

7. Stanford: Chris Owusu may be the only guarantee here, as Stanford loses Doug Baldwin and Ryan Whalen from last year.

Griff Whalen had 250 yards last season, but will see a much expanded role. In addition, Stanford is looking for big things from junior Jamal Patterson. Drew Terrell is also looking to have a breakout season and those three form the core of Stanford's receivers with the hope that another one or two will step up.

8. Oregon State: Markus Wheaton is expected by many to have a huge season after getting 675 yards in the air and over 200 more on the ground. In nearly every spring report, Wheaton was considered to be the top player on offense.

Jordan Bishop was the third leading receiver on the team last year and will likely step into a similar role.

The issue here is that like the other teams in the conference, the Beavers do not have a lot of depth. Geno Munoz only caught three balls last season, but now he will be expected to have a much larger role and it is unknown if he can handle it.

9. Colorado: Sophomore Paul Richardson is the top returning receiver after catching 34 catches for 514 yards and six touchdowns. In addition, Toney Clemons will return with similar numbers.

Senior Kyle Cefalo is the next experienced receiver, but he only had six catches in five games last season.

The Buffs are hoping redshirt freshman Keenan Canty is a smaller receiver that the Buffs are hoping steps up, or else they will not have much depth at receiver.

10. Oregon: The Ducks will have to replace Jeff Maehl, which will be no easy task considering he caught 77 balls for 1076 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Oregon is hoping Lavasier Tuinei can stay healthy and become the main receiver. The reality of the situation is that Oregon is extremely inexperienced and there really is not much of an idea of who will contribute.

The system will likely lead to some success, but much of the passing game will likely rely on the tight ends.

11. Washington State: The Cougars return their best receiver in Marquess Wilson, who caught 55 passes for 1006 yards and six touchdowns.

The Cougars lost the next top two receivers and will look towards Isiah Barton to increase on his 19 catches from last season. Gino Simon and Bobby Ratliff will also be asked to contribute, but both are a bit more unknown.

12. UCLA: The Bruins return their top three receivers in Nelson Rosario, Taylor Embree, and Randall Carroll.

Only one of those players went for over 400 yards and two touchdowns, but the coaching staff is expecting bigger things this season.

If UCLA can get solid quarterback play, the numbers will be bigger. If not, they will likely be similar.


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