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2012 CFN Preview - Unit Rankings, Receivers
TCU WR Josh Boyce
TCU WR Josh Boyce
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Posted Aug 24, 2012


CFN 2012 Preview Unit Rankings from top to bottom - Receivers


Preview 2012 - Unit Rankings

Receivers


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2012 CFN Preseason Rankings 
1 to 5 | 6 to 10 | 11 to 20 | 21 to 30 | 21 to 30 | 31 to 40 | 41 to 50
51 to 60 | 61 to 70 | 71 to 80 | 81 to 90 | 91 to 100 | 101 to 110 | 111 to 124 

CFN 2012 Unit Rankings
- Offenses | Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defenses | Defensive Lines | Linebackers | Secondaries | Special Teams  
- 2011 Unit Rankings | 2010 Unit Rankings


Note: This is based on talent, returning starters, and skill. It’s not necessarily based on what the final total offense statistics will be.

1. USC
No one in America can boast a better passing game or corps of receivers than USC, especially when tight ends are factored in. Robert Woods and Marqise Lee are future first round NFL Draft choices, and with so much attention going to the outside guys, Barkley will play pitch-and-catch with Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble whenever he sees fit. All that’s left to do now is monitor the health of Woods’ ankle, and continue to build depth for the fall and the future.

2. West Virginia
Everything the Mountaineers were hoping for came true. TCU’s receiving corps is fantastic. Baylor’s is going to be explosive, Oklahoma State’s will be excellent, and Texas and Texas Tech will get big numbers from their targets. West Virginia’s receivers are as good as any in the conference and could be the most productive. Expect more than 200 catches again from Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Ivan McCartney and lots and lots of big plays.

3. Clemson
The Tigers travelled from good to great the moment Sammy Watkins broke into the starting lineup. He’s one of the most dangerous receivers in America and the kind of magnet for attention that’ll make everyone around him better. He and DeAndre Hopkins will form a terrific one-two punch for QB Tajh Boyd to exploit. Whatever the Tigers get from tight end Brandon Ford and the complimentary receivers will be a bonus. The wide receivers easily pass the eye test, sporting great size and enough speed and quickness to make opposing defensive coordinators wince. Watkins and Hopkins are the obvious cover boys, but Martavis Bryant and Charone Peake, too, have difference-making triangle numbers.

4. Oklahoma
How do you easily replace the 349 career catches for 4,586 yards and 45 scores of Ryan Broyles? There’sno proven No. 1 and the tight ends are iffy at best. However, having Landry Jones throwing the ball will help the cause. As long as the starting receivers can stay on the field, all will be fine, but it might take a while to find the right rotation until Jaz Reynolds is out of the Bob Stoops doghouse. Newcomer Trey Metoyer has the look of something special, while getting Penn State's No. 1 target Justin Brown was a coup.

5. Baylor
The receivers will be fantastic. Kendall Wright might be gone, but Terrance Williams could be better - the offense is going to make superstars out of all the veteran targets with enough talent and ability to go around. There’s speed, size, and lots and lots of talent. This might not be the best group of receivers in the Big 12, but it won’t be that far off and should be among the most productive. The Bears always get big plays out of the passing game with the Art Briles offense a dream for smart receivers who can run good routes. This group is full of size, speed, and talent with enough options to make Nick Florence shine.

6. Texas
There are more than enough targets to make the passing game better, but can someone get them the ball? On sheer talent there’s no excuse for the Longhorns to not come up with a huge season with a frightening blend of depth, skill, speed and size, but that didn’t translate into much of anything last year. This is a unit that should be absolutely dominant, but it can’t be unless the quarterback play is stronger. Mike Davis, Jaxon Shipley and Marquise Goodwin are all talented veterans who know what they’re doing, while veteran D.J. Grant is a former receiver who can be used in two tight end sets after making 13 grabs for 143 yards and three touchdowns. Texas isn’t hurting for wide receiver talent.

7. Florida State
Now that the parts are in place, it’s time for the Florida State wide receivers and tight ends to start delivering on their sizable upside. If they can remain healthy and step up their games a notch, there’s no reason why this group can’t be among the deepest and most talented in the ACC. QB EJ Manuel will be looking for a go-to guy, which is likely to be Greene, who was playing like a budding superstar before getting hurt.  he Seminoles are absolutely loaded with terrific athletes up and down the two-deep. The Noles can go three-deep and still put a scare into opposing defensive backs. There’s evidence of speed, size, agility and a tight end with a great future in Tallahassee. If the rotation delivers as planned, Florida State could have five or six players catch at least 25 passes this season.

8. TCU
Loaded. Josh Boyce is a true No. 1 and Skye Dawson and Brandon Carter are big-play talents who can put up bigger numbers with QB Casey Pachall spreading the ball around more. There’s size, speed, quickness, and talent. Nowhere on the team has the recruiting been stronger over the last few years, and it’s about to show. If LaDarius Brown and David Bush can boost up the depth as expected, the Horned Frog receiving corps will be loaded. This might be the most talented receiving corps in TCU history, and it might not even be close.

9. Tennessee
Even with no running game and with Tyler Bray getting hurt, Da’Rick Rogers came up with a huge season. Even with Rogers getting suspended, this is among the SEC's most exciting corps with plenty of options, most notably JUCO transfer Cordarrelle Patterson, ready to step up and shine. Justin Hunter could be even more dangerous and deadly, and once he’s back and healthy the Vol passing game will be special. Throw tight end Mychal Rivera into the mix and Tennessee has three NFL-caliber targets, but the depth has to be better and more reliable.

10. Oklahoma State 
You don’t get better by losing Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper, and most programs would be crippled by taking away over 2,200 yards and 21 touchdowns. So many receivers were involved and there are so many promising targets waiting to show what they can do that the beat should go on. However, losing Blackmon obviously isn’t a plus. Rashaun Woods, Dez Bryant, Justin Blackmon … ? Who’s next? Just when it seems like OSU can’t replace a once-in-a-program receiver, another comes along. Blackmon was supposed to be fine, but others – Hubert Anyiam, anyone? – were supposed to be in line for superstardom. The next statistical monster is just around the corner.


10 is high in the unit ranking number.


BYU Ind 8
Arkansas SEC 7.5
Boise State M-West 7.5
California Pac-12  7.5
Florida SEC 7.5
Georgia SEC 7.5
Hawaii M-West 7.5
LSU SEC 7.5
Mississippi State SEC 7.5
Missouri SEC  7.5
Texas A&M SEC  7.5
Texas Tech Big 12 7.5
Washington   Pac-12  7.5
Auburn SEC 7
Cincinnati Big East 7
Iowa State Big 12 7
Louisiana Tech WAC 7
Louisville  Big East 7
Maryland  ACC 7
Michigan State Big Ten 7
North Carolina ACC   7
Notre Dame Ind 7
Ohio State Big Ten 7
Oregon Pac-12  7
Pitt Big East 7
Purdue Big Ten 7
Rutgers  Big East 7
San Jose State WAC 7
South Carolina SEC 7
South Florida Big East 7
Stanford Pac-12  7
Syracuse Big East 7
UCLA  Pac-12  7
Utah   Pac-12  7
Vanderbilt SEC 7
Virginia Tech ACC 7
Washington State Pac-12  7
Alabama SEC 6.5
Arizona Pac-12  6.5
Arizona State Pac-12  6.5
Boston College ACC 6.5
Connecticut Big East 6.5
Duke ACC   6.5
Fresno State M-West 6.5
Kansas Big 12 6.5
Kansas State Big 12 6.5
Kentucky SEC 6.5
Marshall C-USA  6.5
Miami   ACC   6.5
Michigan Big Ten 6.5
NC State ACC 6.5
Northwestern Big Ten 6.5
Ole Miss SEC 6.5
Oregon State Pac-12  6.5
San Diego State M-West 6.5
Tulsa C-USA  6.5
UL Lafayette Sun Belt 6.5
Virginia   ACC 6.5
Wisconsin Big Ten 6.5
Arkansas State Sun Belt 6
Colorado   Pac-12  6
East Carolina C-USA  6
FIU Sun Belt 6
Georgia Tech ACC 6
Houston C-USA  6
Illinois Big Ten 6
Indiana  Big Ten 6
Iowa Big Ten 6
Miami Univ. MAC 6
Minnesota Big Ten 6
Nebraska Big Ten  6
Nevada M-West 6
New Mexico   M-West 6
Northern Illinois MAC 6
Rice C-USA  6
Toledo MAC 6
Troy Sun Belt 6
UTEP C-USA  6
Wake Forest ACC 6
Western Michigan MAC 6
Bowling Green MAC 5.5
Central Michigan MAC 5.5
Memphis C-USA  5.5
Middle Tennessee Sun Belt 5.5
Penn State Big Ten 5.5
SMU C-USA  5.5
Southern Miss C-USA  5.5
Tulane C-USA  5.5
UAB C-USA  5.5
UCF C-USA  5.5
WKU Sun Belt 5.5
Wyoming M-West 5.5
Akron MAC 5
Ball State MAC 5
Buffalo MAC 5
Colorado State M-West 5
Eastern Michigan MAC 5
Florida Atlantic Sun Belt 5
Idaho WAC 5
Kent State MAC 5
New Mexico State WAC 5
North Texas Sun Belt 5
Ohio   MAC 5
South Alabama Sun Belt 5
Temple Big East 5
UL Monroe Sun Belt 5
UNLV M-West 5
UTSA WAC 5
Air Force M-West 4.5
Utah State WAC 4.5
Massachusetts MAC 4
Navy Ind 4
Texas State WAC 4
Army Ind 3.5