Preview 2010 - Big East Receiver Rankings
West Virginia WR Jock Sanders
Preview 2010 - Ranking the Top Big East Wide Receivers
Preview 2010 - Big East
The Top Receivers
- Big East Skill Position Rankings
1. Jonathan Baldwin, Jr. Pitt
The Panthers are facing a glass-is-half-empty situation at receiver. On the one hand, graduation took a heavy toll, especially at tight end. On the other, the star of the group is back for his junior year. A 6-5, 225-pound human mismatch at flanker, he showed his potential when the quarterback cooperates, catching a team-high 57 passes for 1,111 yards and eight touchdowns. With his long arms, huge hands, and smooth gait, he makes regular appearances behind the secondary.
2. Armon Binns, Sr. Cincinnati
Yes, Cincinnati has its hands full trying to replace superstar Mardy Gilyard, but it can take solace in the returns of its other three top pass-catchers from 2009 and a prized transfer. Leading the way will be the 6-3, 210-pound Binns, who has the frame and the production to use this year as a launching pad deep into the NFL Draft. Far more than just a complement, he caught 61 passes for 888 yards and 11 touchdowns, making a tremendous target on go-routes. He has long arms and a long stride, often making the spectacular catch appear routine.
3. Jock Sanders, Sr. West Virginia
Sanders is to this group what Noel Devine is to the backs, coming back for one more year unexpectedly. The team's leading receiver, he stayed out of trouble away from the field to catch 72 passes for 688 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball 35 times for 175 yards and a touchdown, evidence of the team's desire to get the ball in his hands. Much tougher than your typical 5-7, 179-pound, he'll be back in the slot, commanding at least 10 touches a game.
4. Mohamed Sanu, Soph. Rutgers
For the second straight year, Rutgers is being forced to replace its most productive receiver. One part of the solution is sure to be the 6-2, 215-pound Sanu. A revelation in his first year, he shocked the Big East with his versatility and explosiveness. As a receiver and runner out of the Wildcat formation, he caught 51 passes for 639 yards and three touchdowns, while running for 346 and five more scores on 62 carries. Virtually unstoppable down the stretch, he dispatched a loud statement by carving up Louisville for 148 yards and two scores on the ground. A superb natural athlete, he hasn't even scratched the surface of his full potential.
5. D.J. Woods, Jr. Cincinnati
Although he sort of got lost in the crowd last season, the 6-0, 172-pound Woods, who quietly pieced a very nice season as a starter. The team's best weapon out of slot, he caught 51 passes for 640 yards and four touchdowns, showing outstanding fundamentals and some of the surest hands among the receivers. While he may not match the numbers of the outside guys, he has undeniable value to the Cincinnati offense, especially on third down when the quarterback is searching for a safety net.
6. Alec Lemon, Soph. Syracuse
Syracuse is in the market for a go-to receiver. Lemon might be just the guy to fill the void. He had an auspicious debut out of high school, catching 29 passes for 295 yards and a touchdown. Most encouraging, he had his best effort in the finale, pulling down nine passes for 140 yards and that lone touchdown versus Connecticut. He has soft hands and long, 6-2 and 196-pound frame that'll be of even greater value when he can pack on a few more pounds of muscle.
7. Doug Beaumont, Sr. Louisville
The Cardinals need more production out of their receivers, especially now that top pass-catcher Scott Long is out of eligibility. Beaumont is the most productive returner, but not exactly the outside deep threat that Long had become. No, at 5-9 and 183 pounds, he's more of a slot receiver, sitting down in the soft spots of defenses and picking up yards after the catch. He's caught 100 career passes, 38 a year ago, for 1,215 yards, but is still waiting for his first touchdown catch.
8. Vidal Hazelton, Sr. USC
Even though he has yet to catch a pass for the program, absolutely everyone around Cincinnati is excited about the debut of the 6-3, 210-pound senior, the high-profile import from USC. A blue-chipper coming out of high school, he's more than just a big body, combining that muscular frame with excellent ball skills and a great feel for the position. In a salary run final season of college eligibility, don't be shocked if he gets out of the gate quickly and earns the confidence of the coaches and quarterbacks.
9. Sterling Griffin, Soph. USF
An ACL tear to senior A.J. Love in the spring has opened the door at the "Z" receiver for the 6-1, 180-pound Griffin, the rising star among the receivers. In his first season in the rotation, he quickly climbed the ladder and went on to make 14 catches for 265 yards and two scores. He has the top-end speed to get behind the secondary and has improved his fundamentals since last year.
10. Isiah Moore, Jr. Connecticut
The graduations of Marcus Easley and Brad Kanuch has Connecticut on the hunt for a few new go-to receivers. One of the unrelated Moores is likely to assume the responsibility. Or both. Moore saw the first action of his career a year ago, starting three games and making 24 grabs for 286 yards and a touchdown. A smooth athlete on the outside, he has the 6-1, 183-pound frame to make plays above defensive backs and the improving fundamentals to earn the confidence of the quarterbacks.