2014 Big 12 Preview: Receiver Unit Rankings

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Preview 2014 - Big 12 Receiver Unit Rankings & Breakdowns



- 2014 Big 12 Preview
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- 2014 Kansas State Preview
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- 2014 TCU Preview 
- 2014 Texas Preview 
- 2014 Texas Tech Preview 
- 2014 West Virginia Preview  
1. Baylor
Is it possible to be even better after cranking out 10.4 yards per pass attempt at close to 4,700 yards? Antwan Goodley will be on the Biletnikoff short list after averaging 19 yards per try on 71 catches, and he’ll once again by Bryce Petty’s favorite target. Six of the top seven receivers are back with only Tevin Reese gone. Adding eve more fun to the mix is the latest receiving corps loaded with even more talent. This should be among the nation’s most productive receiving corps. Watch the numbers blow up.
Unit Ranking: 9.5

2. Texas Tech
As long as QB Davis Webb is alive and kicking, the Red Raider passing attack could push past 5,000 yards through the air. The problem is the loss of star TE Jace Amaro and No. 1 WR Eric Ward. Jakeem Grant and Bradley Marquez should help pick up the slack, and D.J. Polite-Bray and Reginald Davis will put up huge numbers. Kliff Kingsbury is loading up with young receivers - at least one true freshman will make a big immediate impact.
Unit Ranking: 8

3. Texas
Texas was hit-or-miss last year with the passing game, and it doesn’t have Mike Davis anymore, who led the team with 727 receiving yards. Almost everyone else is back including Jaxon Shipley and the blazing Daje Johnson, who should help the coaching transition no matter who’s under center. Marcus Johnson needs to do far more with Kendall Sanders getting into hot water, but there are enough options returning to expect at least 3,000 yards through the air.
Unit Ranking: 7.5

4. TCU
The addition of Texas A&M transfer Matt Joeckel gives the Horned Frogs a dangerous passer to get fired up about. Can the receivers make the most of the downfield passing ability? Four of the top five receivers are back, including quarterback Trevone Boykin, who could be used again in the receiving corps to get him on the field. Josh Doctson and David Porter should come up with a big statistical bump. There’s more than enough talent for a big year, and to keep up with the other high-octane Big 12 offenses.
Unit Ranking: 7.5

5. Oklahoma
Dorial Green-Beckham makes this an absolutely unstoppable receiving corps – next year. The Mizzou transfer will have to sit and wait, but in the meantime the Sooners have the upside to be far better after finishing ninth in the conference in passing. Sterling Shepard is the only one of the top four targets returning, but Derrick Woods and Durron Neal should fill the void. While the overall talent level might be a bit down, the numbers should be stronger.
Unit Ranking: 7

6. West Virginia
This should be a bounceback year for the Mountaineer passing game that was okay, but over 1,000 yards worse from 2012. Better quarterback play would be a big start, but having the top three targets back also helps. Mario Alford, Kevin White and Dakiel Shorts are all good, but redshirt Shelton Gibson has the upside to be great, and Wendell Smallwood is about to emerge as a big player. The deep plays will come back, and there will be times when this group dominates after an underwhelming 2013.
Unit Ranking: 7.5

7. Oklahoma State
Do the Cowboys have another superstar No. 1 target ready to use? JUCO transfer Tyreek Hill could be it, but his speed and talent might end up being used just as much as a running back. Jhjuan Seales is the only one of the top four receivers returning with Tracy Moore and Josh Stewart gone. Can Seales be special? He’ll be good, but OSU needs someone to be great. The youth must take over the depth.
Unit Ranking: 7

8. Iowa State
The passing game wasn’t too bad at times, finishing seventh in the Big 12, and it should be far better with six of the top seven receivers back including WR Quenton Bundrage and TE E.J. Bibbs. Along with top recruit Allen Lazard, this is the best group of receivers Iowa State has had under Paul Rhoads, but can anyone consistently get them the ball? Grant Rohach will try. There might not be a whole bunch of big plays down the field, but there’s a chance to hit the 3,000 yard mark after coming up with 2,630 last year.
Unit Ranking: 7

9. Kansas
The top four targets back including TE Jimmay Mundine and WR Tony Pierson, but the team’s two best receivers only combined for 44 catches. Miami University transfer Nick Harwell ripped up the MAC, and now he has to do the same to help out the woeful Jayhawk passing game – he will. Charlie Weis might finally have his receiving corps, and it should be great at times, but it won’t look special compared to the rest of the Big 12’s loaded groups.
Unit Ranking: 7

10. Kansas State
Tyler Lockett should probably be in the NFL right now, but instead he’s back as the Wildcats’ main weapon and No. 1 target for QB Jake Waters. With Curry Sexton back to help, there are a few options to utilize. However, this isn’t a deep corps and will have a huge problem if Lockett is taken away. JUCO transfer Andre Davis has to play an immediate role, and some of the young players brought in last year have to add instant depth.
Unit Ranking: 7