Seven reporters ranked their top five returning pass-catchers in the Big 12 — including tight ends — with five points going to the No. 1 spot, four to No. 2, three to No. 3, and so on.
1. Tyler Lockett, Sr., Kansas State, 34 points (5 first-place votes)
Lockett was on the radar as one of the conference's best playmakers after his first two years in Manhattan, but few could have seen his junior season panning out as it did. Lockett hauled in 105 receiving yards per game, scored 11 touchdowns through the air and caught 6.8 balls a game — all stats placed him in the top 25 nationally in the respective categories — while maintaining his status as dynamo kick returner, amassing 583 yards in that venue. Lockett's 1,859 all-purpose yards ranked fifth in school history. Lockett's 12-catch, 278-yard, three-touchdown performance against Oklahoma was one of the best showings of the season by anyone in college football and one of three times Lockett scored three receiving touchdowns.
2013 Stats: 81 rec, 1262 yards, 11 touchdowns.
2. Antwan Goodley, Sr., Baylor, 31 points (2 first-place votes)
A dynamo deep threat in the Bears' offense, Goodley led the conference in receiving touchdowns (13) and was third in yards per reception, at 18.86. With the departure of Tevin Reese, Goodley becomes the outside focal point for Bryce Petty & Co., and there's lingering concern about that, as Goodley's production dipped once a broken wrist knocked Reese out of the final four games (Lockett caught one pass against TCU and four in the bowl loss to UCF). Nevertheless, Goodley is clearly in the upper-echelon in the conference as far as receiving talent goes.
2013 Stats: 71 rec, 1339 yards, 13 touchdowns.
3. Jakeem Grant, Jr., Texas Tech, 10 points
Slippery with the rock in his hands, Grant is perfect for Kliff Kingsbury's wide-open spread attack. Despite being option No. 3 for Davis Webb in 2013, Grant was No. 5 in the conference in receptions, tied for No. 9 in touchdowns and finished fifth in receptions per game. His numbers could be scary-good now that he'll be Webb's first look, with Jace Amaro off to the NFL and Eric Ward graduating.
2013 Stats: 65 rec, 796 yards, 7 touchdowns.
4. Jaxon Shipley, Sr., Texas, 9 points
Mr. Reliable throughout his time in Austin, Shipley is in the top 10 in school history with 1,933 career receiving yards and No. 7 in career receptions, and yet you can't help but wonder what sort of numbers Shipley could've posted had he been the beneficiary of the type of QB play his older brother, Jordan, received. Instead of Colt McCoy, Jaxon Shipley's had to do his thing with Garrett Gilbert, David Ash and Case McCoy. If Ash can stay healthy this season, Shipley ought to up his career marks in receptions, yards and touchdowns per single season.
2013 Stats: 56 rec, 589 yards, 1 touchdown.
The only tight end to receive any votes, Bibbs said his goal this season is to catch at least 70 passes in Mark Mangino's offense. In his first season in Ames after transferring from Arizona Western JUCO, Bibbs tied for 13th among national tight ends with 39 receptions, securing him a spot on the first-team Big 12 preseason squad. The Cyclones will look to feed him a ton.
2013 Stats: 39 rec, 462 yards, 2 touchdowns.
Others receiving votes: Levi Norwood, Baylor (5 points), Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma (4), Quenton Bundrage, Iowa State (3), Tony Pierson, Kansas (1).
Recruiting Angle: "“Four of the five top returning wide receivers were rated as Scout three stars either coming out of high school or the junior college ranks. Texas’ Shipley is the lone five star on the list, rated as the No. 6 receiver coming out of Brownwood (Texas) High.” — Greg Powers, Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst
The voter panel: Jeremy Clark - HornedFrog Blitz.com, Jarret Johnson - RaiderPower.com, Kevin Kinder - BlueGoldNews.com, Greg Powers - Scout.com, Trey Scott - AllCyclones.com, Terry Tush - GoPokes.com, William Wilkerson - HornsDigest.com, Derek Young - Scout.com