The rising redshirt senior finished second in the ACC in receptions with 88, and first in yards and touchdown receptions with 1,081 yards and 11 scores. After a brief flirtation with the NFL, Kelly returns as one of the top wide receivers in the nation and should be in store for similar numbers in 2008. Great downfield target who catches the ball well in traffic.
#2. Preston Parker (6-0,190) - FLORIDA STATE
While he'll miss the first two games of the season (suspension), Parker, now a junior, will be back for the bulk of the Seminoles' 2008 schedule and should be one of the most explosive players in the conference. He finished fifth in the league in receptions (62) and added 791 yards and three touchdowns as well. Good open field runner with excellent vision.
Nicks set a single-season school record with 74 catches for 958 yards and five touchdowns in 2007. He was also named to the All-ACC second team as well. As one of the more physical targets in the league, Nicks, a junior, should be in store for bigger numbers for an improving North Carolina squad under Butch Davis. Punishing receiver with good speed.
#4. Greg Carr (6-6,210) - FLORIDA STATE
Carr is one of the biggest wide receivers in the nation and is lethal in redzone situations. Just eight more touchdown receptions in 2008 will give him the school's all-time TD reception record. If he can get reasonable play from his quarterback, senior Drew Weatherford, he'll smash that record without any problem. Uses his height for big catches as well as anybody in the country.
#5. Darrius Heyward-Bey (6-2,206) - MARYLAND
Heyward-Bey led the Terps in receptions (51) and receiving yards (786) and also ranked ninth in the ACC in receiving yards per game (60.5). He's also one of the fastest players in the league, posting legitimate 40-times in the sub-4.3 range. Blazing fast runner with good hands.
#6. Eron Riley (6-3,200) - DUKE
Riley led the league with a mind-boggling 20.8 yards per catch in 2007 despite only 40 receptions and earned second-team All-ACC honors in the process. Those numbers could go up expontentially in David Cutcliffe's new offensive scheme and expected improved play at quarterback. One of the most underrated players in the league who gives the Devils a chance to light up the scoreboard.
#7. Kevin Ogletree (6-2,189) - VIRGINIA
Ogletree missed the entire 2007 season with a knee injury but looked good in his return to the practice fields this spring. He caught 52 passes in 2006 and should provide a much-needed deep threat in the Cavs' offense this season. Solid receiver who catches everything thrown his way.
Best of the Rest: Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech), Jacoby Ford (Clemson), Rich Gunnell (Boston College), Isaiah Williams (Maryland).
LINKS OF INTEREST:
2007 All-ACC TEAMS
2007 ACC Stats Leaders