Top Academy Receivers and Tight Ends

You're not going to find many pass catchers in these triple-option offenses that put up big receiving numbers. Beyond the fact that passes are thrown at a minimum, none of the academy teams possess the Calvin Johnson or Demaryius Thomas types the college football world has seen at Georgia Tech. Yet, here are five receivers that will be asked to make the key catch in crucial moments:

5. Marcus Hendricks (Air Force)- With only seven catches for 117 yards as the Falcons' tight end a season ago, it's hard to imagine that Hendricks is on the list. However, Air Force lost almost all of its offense from last season, and with two touchdowns, Hendricks represents a genuine red-zone threat.

4. Chevaughn Lawrence (Army)- Army, as a team, produced three touchdown passes last season and something in the vicinity of 800 total passing yards. There wasn't much of a sustained passing attack; regularity of production was missing from this facet of the Black Knights' offense. Lawrence did lead the squad with 21 catches for 357 yards, however. He posted over 200 yards more than any other Army receiver.

3. Casey Bolena (Navy)- Bolena was fourth on the team last year with 13 catches for 141 yards and a score. He returns as Navy's second most productive receiver. At 6-2 and 210 pounds, he's a big target the team must count on; there aren't other receivers like him on the Midshipmen's roster.

2. Shawn Lynch (Navy)- Lynch is the most productive returning receiver Navy has in the fold this season. Given Navy's propensity to throw the ball a little more than a team like Army, the Mids will need someone to step up. Lynch figures to be that player; he should slide into the number-one role after a 2012 season with 14 catches for 281 yards and a score.

1. Ty MacArthur (Air Force)- MacArthur represents the top returning pass catcher for any of the service academies in 2013, and what's more is that he didn't even have 30 catches last year. However, his 24 catches for 411 yards and two scores easily represents the most proven production of any academy receiver as 2013 beckons. Top Stories