Though the SEC is known as a running league, innovation continues to creep into the conference. With open offenses have come an influx of elite wide receivers.
Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman ranked the top 10 receiving corps in college football. The SEC was well-represented on the list.
Alabama came in at No. 2 on the list, behind only Clemson. Calvin Ridley set a school record with 89 catches for 1,045 receiving yards as a true freshman, but he’s far from the only star. ArDarius Stewart is a big-play machine and Robert Foster might be the fastest receiver on the roster.
Feldman also pointed to grad transfer Gehrig Dieter as a player who could emerge as a star after transferring from Bowling Green. TE O.J Howard also established himself in the national championship game as a legitimate superstar.
Texas A&M is the next SEC team on the list at No. 6. Though the Aggies struggled to move the ball last season, the receivers were not to blame. Christian Kirk dazzled as a true freshman, accumulating over 80 passes for 1,000 yards. He has plenty of talent around him to pace the Aggie offense.
Josh Reynolds emerged as the No. 2 option last season, while Ricky Seal-Jones has undeniable talent at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds. If Speedy Noil manages to finally get his career on track in 2016, the sky is the limit for this group. The only thing that could hold them back from being nationally elite is whether Trevor Knight is the answer at quarterback.
Ole Miss rounds out the list at No. 10. Though LaQuon Treadwell is gone to the NFL, there is plenty of talent on the roster to replace him. Quincy Adeboyejo seems to be the consensus heir to Treadwell’s throne, but Damore’ea Stringfellow will make things interesting.
Former 5-star recruit DaMarkus Lodge has been waiting his turn in Oxford, Miss., and could finally get his shot in 2016. Even more than just talent, the thing that could separate Ole Miss is quarterback play. No other receiver on this list will be receiving the ball from a player more talented than QB Chad Kelly.