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This week I am taking a look at the top ten wide receivers in the Power Five Conferences. Today, it’s the Big 12’s turn.
This league is about explosive spread attacks and once again this conference has some unbelievable wide receiver talent. The No. 1 ranking goes to Corey Coleman of Baylor. He is one of the top big play artists in the country. Coleman possesses outstanding measureables. He can run like a deer and jump through the gym. He just edged out Josh Doctson from TCU. Doctson is a big target at 6-foot-3 for quarterback Trevone Boykin. 2014 was his breakout season and he finished with school records in receiving yards and touchdowns.
The Sooners should have a very balanced offense. Their passing game is led by senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard. He has 147 career receptions in Norman.
I am going back to Baylor now with true sophomore K.D. Cannon. He had one of the most impactful freshman seasons in the country last year for the Bears. Cannon checks in at No. 4 with Oklahoma State’s Brandon Sheperd coming in at No. 5. This Cowboy is a senior poised to post monster numbers in Stillwater this season.
At No. 6 is one of the fastest players in the country is TCU wide receiver Kolby Listenbee. Texas Tech has two wide receivers that made this list in super slot Jakeem Grant and split end Devin Lauderdale. Then you have the biggest wide receiver of this list in Iowa State’s 6-foot-5 Allen Lazard. Rounding out the top ten is Oklahoma junior college transfer slot wide receiver Dede Westbrook. To read more on the top ten wide receivers in the Big 12 check on the feature below.
1) Corey Coleman (Baylor)
The Bears will have quite the potent offense once again despite breaking in a new quarterback this season. Fortunately, Baylor has some thoroughbreds returning on the perimeter at wide receiver. This group is led by Coleman. He’s 5-foot-11, 190-pounds and was All-Big 12 last season as a sophomore after catching 64 passes for 1,119 and 11 touchdowns. And he missed the first three games of the season. Coleman’s measureables are outstanding. He can fly (4.38 forty) and jump through the gym (45-inch vertical, 11-feet-3-inch broad jump). Coleman also has superb quickness. He is one of the most explosive wide receivers in the college game.
2) Josh Doctson (TCU)
TCU has a chance to be really good once again because they should be even more explosive in 2015, as all their skilled players are back and a year older. The wide receiver unit is deep and very talented, led by Josh Doctson. He’s a physical 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior. Last season he caught 65 passes and established TCU single season records with 1,018 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. Doctson didn’t finish spring ball for TCU after breaking a bone in his hand. He’s expected to be fine for the start of fall camp. Doctson brings a lot to the table for the Horned Frogs and can do it all from the wide receiver position.
3) Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma)
Shepard is now a senior and he’s had a nice three-year run with the Sooners. He currently has 147 receptions for 2,194 yards and 15 touchdowns. That covers 37 games played, including 28 starts. Shepard was All-Big 12 a year ago. He’s a put together 5-foot-11, 191-pounds. He’s coming off an outstanding spring campaign. If he can remain healthy in 2015 he could post All-American like numbers, as he’s the Sooners best and most dependable wide receiver. Oklahoma has an outstanding rushing attack, which should take some pressure off of him. They also have a new offensive coordinator in Lincoln Riley who loves to throw the football.
Cannon was one of the top impact [true] freshmen in college football in 2014. He played in every Baylor game and made seven starts. Cannon finished with 58 receptions for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns. What an outstanding first season in Waco. He ended up setting six school records. The Bears possesses arguably the most dangerous wide receiver tandem in the game with Cannon and Corey Coleman. Cannon, 6-foot-0, 175-pounds, is so explosive and can take the top off a secondary. It’s scary how good he could become as Cannon continues to develop physically, mentally and learn the position.
Sheperd is now a senior and one of the top returning players in Stillwater. Sheperd, 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, is coming off a super 2014 season where he averaged nearly 19 yards per reception after hauling in 39 passes for 737 yards. He also scored five times. Sheperd and Cowboy signal caller Mason Rudolph quickly got on the same page last year. The two were tough to deal with at the end of last season at Oklahoma State. Sheperd has soft hands and catches the ball so well, so cleanly. He’s also very dangerous with the ball in his hands after the catch.
6) Kolby Listenbee (TCU)
As if TCU needs more explosive playmakers enter Listenbee. He’s the fastest Horned Frog on the team, a great complement to Doctson and another big play target for their super signal caller Trevone Boykin. Listenbee hauled in 41 passes for 753 yards and four touchdowns in 2014, averaging over 18 yards per reception in what would become a breakout season. Now this 6-foot-1, 183-pounder is literally ready to explode. He ran a 10.09 100-meters and 6.67 60-meters for the TCU track team last month. That's smokin' fast.
7) Jakeem Grant (Texas Tech)
The Red Raiders will once again posses one of the top passing offenses in the Big 12 and one of their wide receiver leaders is Grant. He led the team a year ago in receptions (67), yards (938) and was second on the team with seven touchdown receptions. This senior is only 5-foot-7, 170-pounds but he plays much bigger than his size. He has 22 starts over the last three seasons and has made his share of plays and contributions to the Texas Tech offensive attack. This senior slot is so fast and quick. He’s brilliant in one on one situations because he’s so shifty and elusive. Grant has unreal balance and feet.
8) Allen Lazard (Iowa State)
Lazard is the big wide receiver of this group at 6-foot-5, 218-pounds. He quietly had a terrific true freshman season in 2014, finishing with first team All-Big 12 freshman honors. Lazard played in 12 games and started 11 times. He hauled in 45 passes for 593 yards. Lazard also scored three touchdowns. Expect an even better and much improved sophomore in Lazard this fall. He’s a year older and has worked hard to better every facet of his game.
Lauderdale had somewhat of a breakout season in 2014, finishing with 31 receptions for 589 yards and seven touchdowns. He also averaged a team best 19 yards per reception. That’s outstanding. This junior college transfer is 5-foot-10, 180-pounds. He made only four starts one year ago but still played in a dozen games. Lauderdale really came on over the second half of the 2014 season, scoring in every game. He could emerge as one of the top big play threats in the Big 12 this fall.
10) Dede Westbrook (Oklahoma)
Oklahoma could have a new battery this fall with a potential new quarterback (Baker Mayfield) and wide receiver Dede Westbrook. Westbrook transferred in from Blinn Community College and was sensational this spring. Over the practice sessions the Sooners tracked his stats. He caught 59 passes and had only one drop. He had 1,260 yards and averaged 21.4 yards per reception. Westbrook, only 167-pounds, will get a lot of opportunities this fall, especially considering how many wide receivers will be in the Sooners rotation in their new offense under Lincoln Riley. This is a very explosive talent that should take some pressure away from their star, Sterling Shepard.
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