Which of these players has the best chance of filling your pockets when tailing? Which one should you add to your college football picks? Let's break it down.
Next Biletnikoff Winner…..
Fred Biletnikoff was a great receiver in the 1970’s for the Oakland Raiders. Any player that wins this award has to live up to the man with the small facemask but glue-like paws. The best receiver in the country assumedly wins this award. Who will it be?
Back To Back Biletnikoffs?
Marqise Lee- USC
If Max Wittek can get Lee the football with accuracy, Lee will surely repeat. The problem is that Matt Barkley has moved on to the NFL and Wittek is unproven. This could have an influence on Marquise Lee’s production.
Last season, the Trojans had a horrific season and Lee still managed to have a whopping 118 receptions for 1721 yards and 14 TD’s.
If USC had a better season, Lee would’ve easily eclipsed the 2000 yard mark. Can Wittek get Lee the ball is the question? Lee has a great ability to run with the ball after the catch (YAC); this will be interesting to see if he can go into the NFL on a high note.
Jordan Matthews- Vanderbilt
Matthews caught for a school-record 1323 yards last season and, at his size and skill-set, he’s ready to make the jump to the NFL. This will definitely be a receiver that also sticks in the NFL.
He plays in the best conference in the nation and has come up huge against the best teams. Last season, he lit up Georgia and South Carolina for a combined 16 catches, 266 yards, and 1 TD in 2 games. This is a big money player. Without the production of running back, Zac Stacy, this leaves even more opportunity for Matthews.
Amari Cooper- Alabama
Cooper has two things working for him. He really didn’t get involved in the passing game until Alabama suffered injuries and he has A.J. McCarron throwing him the football.
Cooper poured it on towards the end of the season and still managed to catch for 1000 yards and 11 TD’s. Give this sophomore an entire season in the mix and his numbers should skyrocket.
Josh Stewart- Oklahoma State
Stewart did an amazing job filling in for Justin Blackmon to the tune of 101 receptions, 1210 yards, and 7 TD’s. Stewart had some big games late in the season against West Viriginia, Oklahoma, and Baylor. He’s a great route runner that can take a defensive back right out of his cleats. With OSU being rock solid at the quarterback position, this will enable Stewart to have another brilliant season. His height ( 5 foot 10) is one thing that he has going against him that the other top rated receivers don’t have, but Stewart is still an elite wide receiver.
Austin Hill- Arizona
Hill is a positive and a negative in my opinion. He put up monster numbers against USC (259 yards), Stanford (11 receptions, 165 yards), and Nevada (175 yards), but these were all shootout type games with no or little defense involved.
Hill had lapses against inferior opponents during the season and consistency is the name of the game. Nevertheless, this guy has great size and can deliver the goods when necessary.
Austin Franklin-New Mexico State
Franklin was the model of consistency all year last season. He came out strong with a 236 yard performance against an inferior Sacramento State team and stayed consistent all season. He had a 154 yard outburst against Auburn, but difficulty of opponent is the one part of his game (that he can’t help), which concerns me. I’d like to see him play some more competitive teams and see if he can sustain the level of excellence that he’s already shown.
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Sammy Watkins (Clemson) had a star studded freshman season and then took a step back.
Cody Hoffman (BYU) can put up monster numbers, but is this because he’s one of BYU’s few options? Hoffman had a very solid game against Notre Dame last season. The numbers will be huge again in 2013.
Josh Huff (Oregon) has a superstar in Marcus Mariota delivering him the ball; will the Ducks finally have a top flight 1000 yard receiver?
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