Bill's Combine Research: Receivers

Of the 39 wide receivers who will be testing and talking, 11 of them had at least one 90-catch season. Among them are a West Virginia duo who each caught 114 passes, a Duke receiver who broke ACC records, and a Baylor receiver who set eight school records.

A total of 333 players will be at the Scouting Combine, which began Thursday in Indianapolis. We're sharing our homework as we get ready for the big week. In Part 12, here are the 39 wide receivers.

Keenan Allen, California: Early entrant. Allen (6-3, 210) will not test at the Combine due to a sprained knee sustained while working out with Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter, according to ESPN. Allen set a school record with 205 receptions, is third with 2,570 receiving yards and seventh with 17 touchdown catches. Allen dominated in 2011 with 98 receptions for 1,343 yards. He also averaged 12.0 yards per punt return, including 14.1 with a 69-yard touchdown this season. He fell back to 61 catches, 737 yards and six scores in 2012. His brother is former Cal quarterback Zach Maynard. He was recruited by Alabama to play safety but chose Cal because Maynard was transferring from Buffalo to Cal.

Tavon Austin, West Virginia: Austin (5-9, 171) piled up a whopping 114 receptions, turning those into 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns as a favorite quarterback of touted prospect Geno Smith. He rushed for 643 yards – including a school-record 344 against Oklahoma -- and averaged 11.0 yards on punt returns and 25.4 yards on kickoff returns, scoring touchdowns on both. He won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's top all-around player, was named the All-Purpose Performer by The College Football Performance Awards and was an All-American as an all-purpose player. In the aforementioned 50-49 win over Oklahoma, he piled up a shocking 572 all-purpose yards, the second-best total in FBS history.

Stedman Bailey, West Virginia: Early entrant. Bailey matched Austin's catch total, gaining 1,622 yards (14.2) average and an eye-popping 25 touchdowns as the duo combined for 37 of the team's 44 touchdown passes. The All-American receiver was one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation's top receiver. In a 70-63 win over Baylor, he caught 13 passes for 303 yards and five touchdowns. Bailey was a teammate of Smith at Miramar (Fla.) High for their final two years of high school. Before that, they went to church together.

Alan Bonner, Jacksonville State: Bonner (5-11, 168) is the first player in school history to be invited to the Combine. Bonner is the school's career leader in punt return yards (972) and punt returns (87), while ranking second with 1,986 receiving yards and 20 receiving touchdowns. He led the team in catches (50), receiving yards (859) and touchdowns (eight) as a senior.

Josh Boyce, TCU: Early entrant. Boyce (6-0, 203) set a school-record with 66 catches as a senior, turning those into 891 yards and seven touchdowns to be named honorable-mention all-Big 12. His 22 career touchdown receptions also set a school record. He earned his degree in December.

Marlon Brown, Georgia: Brown (6-5, 216) contributed 27 catches, 469 yards (17.4 average) and four touchdowns in eight games before going down with a torn ACL. At Harding Academy in Memphis, he had 338 receiving yards and four touchdowns in the state championship game, plus was named all-state in basketball. The five-star recruit, however, never had a 500-yard season with the Bulldogs.

Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech: Davis (6-4, 232) was an honorable mention on the all-ACC team as a senior, posting 51 catches for 953 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 18.7 yards per reception for the season and 17.4 on his 105 career catches. Davis played quarterback as a high school senior but moved to receiver for his freshman season. When Davis was born, his birth mother walked out of the hospital without him.

Aaron Dobson, Marshall: Dobson (6-3, 200) hauled in 57 passes as a senior to earn second-team all-Conference USA honors. He ranks fourth in school history with 24 touchdown catches and ninth with 2,398 receiving yards. At South Charleston High, the native of Dunbar, W.Va., turned 32 of his 108 career catches into touchdowns and picked off 10 passes, plus was a two-time all-state selection in basketball. His touchdown catch against East Carolina lit up the Internet.

Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech: Fuller (6-2, 196) caught 43 passes for 815 yards (19.0 average) and six touchdowns in his second and final season with the team. A track star, Fuller was an AAU national champion and Nike All-American at Woodlawn High in Baltimore. He competed on the track team at Kansas for two full seasons, and finished second in the triple jump at the prestigious Drake Relays. A brother, Vincent Fuller, played seven seasons in the NFL, including seven interceptions with the Titans in 2009. Another brother, Kyle, intercepted two passes as a junior corner for Tech.

Tyrone Goard, Eastern Kentucky: Goard (6-4, 192), the first Colonel to be selected to the Combine since defensive back Antwuan Molden in 2008, caught 41 passes for 900 yards (22.0 average) and eight touchdowns as a senior. He finished his career ranked in the top 10 in school history with 1,842 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns.

Marquise Goodwin, Texas: Goodwin (5-9, 180) won't be fazed by the Scouting Combine. After all, he competed in last summer's Olympics, just missing a medal in the long jump. As a senior, he caught 26 passes for 340 yards and six touchdowns, plus averaged 25.2 yards on kickoff returns. For his career, the football walk-on caught 120 passes for 1,364 yards and seven touchdowns, carried 46 times for 405 yards and three scores, and averaged 22.4 yards on kickoff returns. He was a three-time Academic all-Big 12 selection. In track, he was a two-time NCAA long jump champion and seven-time All-American. He's driven for a reason.

Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas: Hamilton (6-3, 209) had a big senior season with 90 catches, 1,335 yards and five touchdowns to earn third-team All-American honors. Not only did his receptions and yardage totals set school records, but they rank third and fourth, respectively, in SEC history. He set school and SEC records with 303 yards against Rutgers. Hamilton played baseball as a kid and was coaxed to try football during his freshman year of high school. His mother, Deborah, played basketball at Arkansas and is one of the first African-American women to play basketball at the school.

Chris Harper, Kansas State: A dual-threat quarterback, Harper started his college career as a quarterback running Chip Kelly's spread attack. In 2008, Harper (6-1, 234) became the first Oregon player to run, pass and catch a touchdown in the same season in eight years. He wasn't a great passer, though, and wound up moving to receiver, then transferred back to his home state. Whether he transferred to play quarterback is a matter of debate – Harper said that wasn't the case. Either way, with Collin Klein at quarterback, the Wildcats kept Harper at receiver. As a senior, Harper led the team with 58 receptions for 857 yards.

Mark Harrison, Rutgers: Harrison (6-3, 234) led the team with 44 receptions, turning those into 583 yards and six scores. He had a breakout sophomore season, with 39 catches for 759 yards and nine touchdowns in a span of eight games, but he fell back to 14 catches as a junior as Mohamed Sanu hauled in 114 passes.

DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson: Early entrant. Hopkins (6-1, 205) set school records with 82 receptions, 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. He was a second-team All-American and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. He set ACC records in touchdown catches and consecutive games with a touchdown catch (10). In just three seasons, he set Clemson records with 27 touchdowns and 3,020 receiving yards. Not only was he a football star at D.W. Daniel High in Central, S.C., Hopkins was three-time all-state in basketball. He spent one season on the Clemson basketball team. Does he have good hands? Judge for yourself.

Justin Hunter, Tennessee: Early entrant. Hunter (6-4, 200) was selected second-team all-SEC, and Pro Football Weekly named him a third-team All-American. After catching 33 passes and scoring nine touchdowns in his first two seasons, Hunter piled up 73 catches for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns in 2012. He caught 17 passes in the first three games of 2011 before going down with a torn ACL. At Ocean Lakes High in Virginia Beach, Hunter won the triple jump and long jump, and he won the long jump at the USA Track and Field junior championships.

Darius Johnson, SMU: Johnson (5-10, 175) had "only" 64 catches for 787 yards and five touchdowns as a senior to earn second-teams honors in Conference USA. He was first-team as a junior with 79 catches, 1,188 yards and eight scores, and had 78 catches for 845 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore. As a freshman, Johnson sustained a hairline fracture of his collarbone while making his first career touchdown catch.

Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington: Early entrant. Kaufman (6-5, 215) had 1,850 receiving yards to break FCS, Big Sky and school records for single-season receiving yards. He finished the year with 93 receptions and 16 touchdowns, and ranked second in FCS in receiving yards per game (132.1). He finished his 42-game career with 221 catches (third in school history, seventh in Big Sky history) for 3,731 yards (second all-time at EWU, fourth in the Big Sky and 19th in FCS) and 33 touchdowns (second in school history). He played in four games in 2011 before breaking his hand. He had surgery to repair that, as well as clean up a nagging injury, and was awarded a medical redshirt. Kaufman was injured during his senior year of high school, chasing recruiters away.

Tavarres King, Georgia: King (6-1, 200) led the team with 42 receptions, 950 yards and nine touchdowns. Among receivers with at least 26 catches, King led the nation with a 22.6-yard average. For his career, he caught 136 balls for 2,602 yards and 21 scores. After teammate Brown's torn ACL, King wore Brown's No. 15.

Alex Lemon, Syracuse: Lemon (6-2, 202) emerged as Ryan Nassib's favorite target, haulig in 72 passes for 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. He as the only offensive player who was a unanimous selection to the all-Big East team, and he was the lone player in the conference to reach 1,000 receiving yards. The 72 catches were a team record, as were his 201 career receptions. Syracuse has produced Art Monk, Marvin Harrison and Rob Moore, but Lemon is the only player to have caught 60 passes, a feat he's accomplished twice.

Aaron Mellette, Elon: Mellette (6-4, 220) was a three-time all-conference performer and two-time All-American. As a senior, he caught 97 passes for 1,398 yards, with his 18 touchdown catches ranking second in Southern Conference history. For his career, he caught 304 passes for 4,254 yards and 44 touchdowns. Mellette didn't start playing organized football until his sophomore year of high school, doing so on the urging of his father, a church minster.

T.J. Moe, Missouri: Moe (6-0, 200) caught 92 passes for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore. Combined the next two seasons, he caught 94 passes for 1,048 yards and five touchdowns. More is a 4.0 student. As a senior at Fort Zumwalt West High in O'Fallon, Mo., he threw for 2,557 yards, rushed for 2,029 yards and accounted for 61 touchdowns.

Tracy Moore, Oklahoma State: Moore (6-2, 215) was on the Combine list but has been granted a medical redshirt and will return to school for 2013.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee: Early entrant. Patterson (¬6-3, 215) got the ball in every way imaginable to be named the SEC's first-team all-purpose player. He caught 46 passes for 778 yards (16.9 average) and five touchdowns. He carried 25 times for 308 yards and three touchdowns. He returned 24 kickoffs for a 28.0-yard average and one touchdown. He returned four punts for 101 yards and a touchdown. His 1,858 total yards ranked first in the conference. Patterson was the No. 1-ranked junior college prospect at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. He ran a 10.33 in the 100 meters for Hutchinson's track team. He was a teammate with Tennessee's backup quarterback, Justin Worley, in Rock Hill, S.C.

Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech: Patton (6-0, 195) caught 104 passes for 1,392 yards (13.4 average) and 13 touchdowns. His 116.0 yards per game ranked fourth in the nation. his 8.7 receptions per game ranked seventh and his total touchdowns were fifth among receivers. Patton, a semifinalist for the Biletnikofff Award, lit up Texas A&M with 21 catches for 223 yards this season. He caught 79 passes for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior after playing two seasons at Coffeyville Community College. At the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl, players from Tech and TCU were at a Make-A-Wish Foundation event. Patton gave one of his bowl gifts, a $300 Best Buy gift card, to one kid and his bowl watch to another.

Denard Robinson, Michigan: Robinson (5-11, 196) was a dynamic dual-threat quarterback who started two games at running back late in the season. His 4,495 career rushing yards are the most ever by a quarterback, and his 1,702 rushing yards in 2010 also is a quarterback record. In 2010, he became the first player to pass for 2,500 yards and rush for 1,500 yards. He made the move to receiver, based on the success of similar transitions by Antwaan Randle El and Randall Cobb, and had a tough time catching the ball at the Senior Bowl. To everyone in Deerfield Beach, Fla., he's "Shoelace."

Da'rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech: Early entrant. Rogers (6-3, 206) was first-team all-SEC as a junior, when he posted 67 catches, 1,040 yards and a conference-leading nine touchdowns. He was suspended indefinitely for failing drug tests and transferred to Tech. During his one and only season at Tech, he caught 61 passes for 893 yards (14.6 average) and 10 scores.

Lanear Sampson, Baylor: Sampson (5-11, 205) was honorable mention all-Big 12 as a senior. The four-year starter ranks fifth in school history with 165 receptions and 10th with 1,905 receiving yards, including 52 catches for 646 yards and six scores as a senior. He ended his career with a catch in 43 consecutive games. He's gone to Africa twice with Baylor Sports Ministry.

Ace Sanders, South Carolina: Early entrant. Sanders (5-8, 175) was second-team All-American and the SEC's co-Special Teams Player of the Year. He was fourth in the nation with a 15.1-yard average on punt returns, including two touchdowns. In the Outback Bowl against Michigan, he had two touchdown catches and a third score on a punt return. He caught 45 passes for 531 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. He had just four touchdown catches in his first two seasons.

Rodney Smith, Florida State: Smith (6-6, 219) caught 38 passes for 524 yards and three touchdowns as a senior and had 105 grabs for 10 scores over his final three seasons. He caught a pass in 38 consecutive games to tie a school record.

Ryan Spadola, Lehigh: Spadola (6-3, 200) led the team with 57 receptions, 851 yards and four touchdowns, a far cry from his 2011 production of 96 receptions, 1,614 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had a good excuse, though: He was at less than full speed for three weeks before being diagnosed with mono, which kept him out of action for two games. He was suspended for a 2011 playoff game for re-tweeting a Twitter message that contained a racial slur against an opposing team's athletes. After that, he started educating fellow student-athletes about the power and dangers of social media.

Kenny Stills, Oklahoma: Early entrant. Stills (6-1, 190) caught 82 passes for 959 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012, running his three-year totals to 204 receptions, 2,594 yards and 24 scores. He was second-team all-Big 12 his final two seasons. He is the son of former University of Wisconsin and Green Bay Packers safety Ken Stills. This season, Stills caught the game-winning touchdown pass that beat West Virginia 50-49. The good: He auctioned off the gloves to help a family of the Newtown shooting tragedy. The bad: Do a search and you'll be sure to find a picture of Stills wearing a purple dress.

Ryan Swope, Texas A&M: Swope (6-0, 206) set the school record for receptions with 72 as a sophomore. He improved upon that with 89 grabs as a junior. By that standard, his senior season of 72 receptions for 913 yards and eight touchdowns was something of a disappointment. He owns the school record with 252 catches, which he turned into 3,117 yards and 24 touchdowns. He's a semifinalist for the "College Football 14" video game cover. A writer shared this story about meeting Swope in China.

Kenbrell Thompkins, Cincinnati: Thompkins (6-1, 190) caught 78 passes for 1,077 yards and four touchdowns during his two years with the Bearcats. He joined the team after playing at El Camino (Calif.) Community College. He signed with Tennessee out of El Camino but changed his mind after coach Lane Kiffin jumped to USC. Growing up in the projects of Miam, Thompkins was arrested seven times between ages 15 and 18 and spent time in jail. He quit football before his senior year of high school.

Conner Vernon, Duke: Vernon (6-1, 200) was the ACC's career leader in receptions (283) and receiving yards (3,749), as well as setting league marks with 48 consecutive games with a catch, four straight seasons of 50-plus catches and three seasons of 70-plus grabs. The old ACC records were 232 receptions and 3,517 yards. Too bad for Florida, Florida State and Miami that they didn't bother to recruit the Miami native. He's got great hands, perhaps because his father bought a JUGS machine when he was 12 or 13.

Markus Wheaton, Oregon State: Wheaton (6-1, 182) is the school's career record holder for receptions with 227. He finished with 2,994 receiving yards, 3,774 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns. During an All-American senior season, he hauled in 91 passes for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns, and added 142 rushing yards (7.1 average) and two more scores. Sports is in his DNA, from a father who played college basketball to a brother who played football at Southern Miss and a cousin who played defensive back at Oregon. During spring break in 2011, he went on a trip to Guatemala to build a house.

Terrance Williams, Baylor: Williams (6-2, 205) was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and the sixth unanimous All-American in school history. He led the nation with 1,832 receiving yards, averaging 18.9 yards on his 97 receptions. Williams owns eight school records, including his 4,693 all-purpose yards and his 17-catch, 314-yard day against West Virginia. It's outrageous production for a player whose only scholarship offer came from Baylor and was called a two-star recruit.

Marquess Wilson, Washington State: Early entrant. Wilson (6¬-4, 185) caught 52 passes for 813 yards and five touchdowns in 2012 in nine games. Then, with three games remaining, he quit. He was suspended for leaving a team workout. In a statement, Wilson said Mike Leach and the coaching staff "preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate" the players. A couple weeks later, Leach said Wilson "basically recanted everything" and it was "a total waste of time." Later, Wilson sent a text message to the athletic director in which he apologized.

Robert Woods, USC: Early entrant. Woods (6-1, 190) caught 76 passes for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns, playing second fiddle to Biletnikoff Award-winning teammate Marquise Lee. Woods finished his three seasons with 176 catches for 2,084 yards (11.8 average) and 21 touchdowns; a 24.8-yard average and one touchdown on 55 kickoff returns; an 8.7-yard average on 15 punt returns and 13 rushes for 76 yards. Added together, he tallied 3,646 all-purpose yards. In 2011, Woods was dominant with 111 catches, 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns to be a Biletnikoff finalist. At Serra High in Gardena, Calif. – where he was teammates with Lee -- he was a prep All-American who not only dominated at receiver but intercepted 24 passes. When he was a high school freshman, his sister died of cancer.

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