The Arizona receiving corp is loaded heading into the season with tons of talent and experience. They're led by Juron Criner, who returns after an All Pac 10 season and is the most accomplished receiver in the conference. With Nick Foles at quarterback, he's the kind of guy that can put up close to 100 catches and 1,500 yards. Alongside Criner is David Douglas who hauled in 52 catches in 2010 and David Roberts who has had back to back 40+ catch seasons. Tight End Terrence Miller will compete for All Conference honors could catch around 40 balls. This will be one of the top receiving units in the country, assuming their retooled offensive line can give Foles enough time to get rid of the ball.
Surprised to see the Trojans this high? Don't be. Robert Woods was a freshman All American last season and will push for All American honors this year. He'll score touchdowns in multiple ways. The loss of Ronald Johnson is big, but Brice Butler is ready to step into his shoes and live up to the promise he showed coming out of high school. Brandon Carswell, redshirt freshman Kyle Prater, who was as highly regarded as Woods in his prep days, and true frosh George Farmer make this the most talented unit in the conference. All they need is more experience, but the sky really is the limit.
Senior Jermaine Kearse is coming off of a 1,000 yard season with 12 TDs and is poised to break all kinds of Husky receiving records. He's a big play guy with an average reception of over 16 yards for his career. Devin Aguilar missed some time in 2010, but should be good to go for 2011, hoping for a repeat of his 2009 campaign where he caught 42 balls for 5 touchdowns. D'Andre Goodwin has over 120 career catches and provides a third option for new quarterback Keith Price. True freshman Austin Sefarin-Jenkins is expected to get the nod at tight end. With defenses loading up to stop running back Chris Polk, this group should have plenty of chances to shine.
4. Washington State
The Cougars may have the most underrated receiving group in the conference, led by Marquess Wilson, who was spectacular as a freshman with over 1,000 yards. He was a big play guy last season with over 18 yards per catch and will look to build on that in 2011. Senior Jared Karstetter will work opposite Wilson coming off of a 62 catch season with 7 touchdowns. Those two help make quarterback Jeff Tuel look good despite a poor offensive line. There's not a ton outside of that duo, but Tuel may not need much more than his two playmakers.
Returning for Cal is one of the top duos in the conference in Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones. Allen has All American written all over him after a big freshman year with 46 catches. He's very dynamic. Jones is coming off of back to back 40+ catch seasons and is poised to push that closer to 60 in 2011. Tight end Anthony Miller is a big body who is looking to regain his 2009 form after seeing his catches cut in half from 26 to 13 in 2010. The Bears have plenty of talent on the roster and are going to need to try to find one or two more serviceable receivers for QB Zach Maynard to get the ball to.
The Utes lose leading receiver Jereme Brooks and big play man Shaky Smithson. Returning is Luke Matthews who was a starter last season, but appears to be taking more of a utility role this year and Devonte Christopher, who broke out in 2010 with 39 ctaches for 606 yards and 6 TDs. He's an NFL talent and should grab closer to 60 balls this year. Speedsters Drew Anderson and Reggie Dunn will battle it out for the starting spot opposite Christopher. The biggest wild card could be JC transfer Anthony Denham. Denham is in the 6-6, 230 range and is very athletic, but has missed most of fall camp with an injury. If he's able to get on the field, he could turn into a huge red zone weapon for QB Jordan Wynn. Other to keep an eye on include Kenneth Scott and Dexter Ransom. The tight ends are stacked and highly underrated. Kendrick Moeia is poised for a breakout year, while Westlee Tonga, Dallin Rogers, and Jake Murphy are all good enough to earn reps.
7. Oregon State
James Rodgers returns after missing most of the 2010 season with injuries. When healthy, he was one of the most dynamic players in the conference with 91 catches and over 1,000 yards in 2009. His play will go a long ways towards determining the Beavers' success this season. Junior Marcus Wheaton had 55 catches in 2010 and can really move. This duo is one of the best in the conference. Jordan Bishop will help provide depth after catching 22 balls in 2010. Tight end David Halahuni is coming off of back to back 30+ catch seasons.
The Bruins return two seniors at wide receiver in Nelson Rosario and Taylor Embree. Embree will end up being a four year starter, but doesn't have the catch total or accolades to back up his 31 career starts. Rosario has as much pure talent as anyone in the conference at receiver outside of Robert Woods and a huge frame to go with it. The issue with Rosario tends to be effort and playing to his potential, something that hasn't happened yet during his time in Westwood. If these two don't produce, there's plenty of depth behind them with Notre Dame transfer Shaq Woods, speedster Josh Smith, playmaker Rocky Marvray and speedster Randall Carroll, who may be the fastest player in the country. Cory Harkey and Joe Fauria are serviceable tight ends. The talent is there with this group. The biggest issue might end up being finding a quarterback that can get them the ball.
The Cardinal lost a lot at receiver, but do return Chris Owusu, who is a big play guy when healthy. Outside of Owusu, there's talent, but not a ton of experience. Ryan Hewitt and Griff Whalen will get looks, but quarterback Andrew Luck is going to rely heavily on his tight ends Zac Ertz and Konrad Reuland, who form arguably the top tight end duo in the conference.
The Duck passing attack is more efficient than one might expect, but that's due mainly in part to the style of offense they run and the speed with which they run it, keeping the defense off balance. Lavasier Tuinei is the leading returning receiver and a huge target for QB Darron Thomas. Either Justin Hoffman or Josh Huff will need to step up to get a second reliable receiver on the field. The Ducks do boast the top tight end in the conference in David Paulson who caught 24 balls in 2010.
11. Arizona State
The Sun Devils moved the ball around a lot in 2010 with 8 different players going over 20 catches on the season. They lose their top guy in Kerry Taylor, and don't return anyone with more than 36 catches. Senior T.J Simpson might the most dependable on the roster, and will also get help from guys like Mike Willie and Gerrell Robinson. QB Brock Osweiler is really going to need to find a go to receiver to get this offense moving in the right direction through the air.
Now that the coaches kid won't be throwing the ball around, maybe the Buffs can find a few receivers for QB Tyler Hansen to get the ball to. Paul Richardson was one of the top freshman wide receivers in the country in 2010 with 34 catches and 6 TDs. He'll be counted on to be Colorado's big play guy. Opposite Richardson is senior Toney Clemons who broke out last season with 43 catches. Tight end Ryan Deehan caught 25 balls and has proven to be a solid receiving option. Outside of those three, there isn't much as the Buffaloes will look to build depth and develop new players.
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