ACC Positional Rankings – WRs

TDD's resident football guru continues the 2004 ACC preview with a look at the league's top WRs. Who's the best? Which programs lost the most? Read on for the answers.

*- Part One - QBs
*- Part Two - RBs

1. Florida State – With All-American Craphonso Thorpe, The Seminole receivers are the class of the ACC. Chauncey Stovall, Dominic Robinson and Chris Davis provide dangerous compliments.

2. NC State – This is probably the Wolfpack's best crop of receivers in a long time. Despte the loss of all-ACC receiver Jerrico Cotchery, they will be dangerous. Tramain Hall, Richard Washington, Brian Clark, and TE T.J. Williams all can provide the big play.

3. Miami – While there are no big names here, the talent is still present. The duo of Ryan Moore and Roscoe Parrish should give opposing DBs nightmares in coverage. The loss of all-american TE Kellen Winslow will be felt.

4. Virginia – The headliner of this group is preseason all-american TE Heath Miller. Miller is big, strong, and very dangerous around the goal line. Michael McGrew and Ottawa Anderson are reliable targets. If not playing QB, Marques Hagans will line up on the perimeter as well to give the Cavaliers a big play threat.

5. Clemson – Despite the losses of Kevin Youngblood and Derrick Hamilton, the Tigers will not be hurting. Senior Airese Currie leads a younger, but not less talented corps in to 2004 play. Tony Elliot will have to step up and produce in his senior season. Watch out for converted QB Chansi Stuckey, who is electric in the open field.

6. UNC – Senior Jawarski Pollock leads a group of young, but talented players in the Tarheel receiving corps. He will be complimented by sophomores Mike Mason, Jesse Holley, and Adarius Bowman, as well as junior Derelle Mitchell. If they can get production out of the TE position, they might move up the list.

7. Virginia Tech – The Hokies will have to make up for the loss of NFL draft pick Ernest Wiliford. Junior Justin Hamilton and QB/WR Marcus Vick should give the Hokies a nice 1-2 punch on the outside.

8. Wake Forest – Senior Jason Anderson could be the best player in the ACC that no one has heard of. He's big, fast and athletic, and could start for any team in the conference. Sophomore Willie Idlette is small, explosive and is very quick in the open field. Depth is somewhat of an issue, but Wake throws the least of any ACC team.

9. Maryland – The Terrapins also graduated their top receiver from 2003 in Latrez Harrison. However, the Terp offense should minimize the loss by spreading the catches among the returining players. Standout return man Steve Suter has something to prove after hobbling through 2003 with leg injuries. Big play threats Derrick Fenner and Jo Jo Walker should also see more balls thrown their way.

10. Georgia Tech – The Jackets lost their top receiver, Jonathan Smith, to the NFL. Nate Curry is a talented player, who should step up to replace the void left by Smith. TE John Paul Foschi is an imposing target, however, no other returning receiver recorded more than 10 catches in 2003.

11. Duke – The Devils need more production out of this unit. The core of the receiving crew is the tight ends. The Devils have 3 solid TE at their disposal. Andy Roland and Ben Patrick are both excellent receivers that are tough covers for linebackers. Senior Calen Powell is an excellent athlete who has seen significant playing time for the past 3 years. The wideouts are a different story. The Devils return two reliable targets in Senterrio Landrum and Lance Johnson, however both are better suited to be complimentary receiver. Sophomore Deon Adams is expected to step up and take over the #1 receiver position. This is one position where Duke must have contributions from its incoming freshman. Most of the depth chart is occupied by receivers under 6 feet tall. The incoming freshmen, however, are tall and fast. Expect 6'2" sprinter Chancellor Young and 6'4" Corey Thompson to compete for immediate playing time. Such reliance on players not even on campus yet usually does not bode well for overall position strength.


Best player: Craphonso Thorpe (FSU) – He's next in the line of great college wideouts from FSU.

Under Pressure in 2004: Airese Currie (Clemson) – With Youngblood and Hamilton gone, he will be the focus of attention for opposing defensive coordinators.

Rodney Dangerfield (no respect): Jawarski Pollock (UNC) – He never seems to get mentioned when discussing the good ACC wideouts, yet his 75 catches from 2003 are definitely worth mentioning.

Square Peg – Jason Anderson (WFU): His touches are limited by the run-oriented Wake offense. He might have 80 catches if he played for NC State or FSU.

Other Superlatives:

Most dangerous: Tramain Hall (NCSU)
Fastest: Airese Currie (Clemson)
Best in the air: Craphonso Thorpe (FSU), Jason Anderson (Wake)
Best hands: Heath Miller (UVA)
Best NFL prospect: Craphonso Thorpe (FSU), Heath Miller (UVA)
Primed for a Breakout: Roscoe Parrish (Miami)

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