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College Football: Best WRs In Each Conference For 2024 Season

The 2024 College Football season is just over two month away from kickoff during Week 0.

There will be many elite wide receivers returning this season. Below, check out players who could be the best in their conference this season.

ACC: Miami

WR Room: Xavier Restrepo, Samuel Brown, Jacolby George, Isaiah Horton, Ray Ray Joseph, Ny Carr

Is Miami back? This has been a question for years and the Hurricanes are hoping that this is the year. Cam Ward coming over from Washington State gives the team a chance to compete and he will have a strong group of receivers to work with. Unlike many teams around the nation, Miami returns a lot of production from 2023 and will not rely on the transfer portal options.

It is led by Xavier Restrepo, who totaled 85 catches and 1,092 yards last season. He is a legitimate No. 1 receiver in the ACC and can be the conference’s best with Ward under center. Jacolby George also returns after a season where he put up 864 yards and led Miami with eight touchdowns. Isaiah Horton and Ray Ray Joseph also return after getting time on the outside for the Hurricanes. The depth in Miami is strong and just to solidify it, Miami added Samuel Brown in the portal, who finished with 815 yards for Houston last season.

American: South Florida

WR Room: Sean Atkins, Michael Stephens-Brown, Rahmaan-Abdur Yaseen, Naiem Simmons, Tyree Kelly

South Florida will play a lot of overs this season with a strong group of receivers and a questionable defense. The offense is led by 1,000-yard receiver Sean Atkins. The Bulls return three of its top four receivers from last season. This includes Naiem Simmons (637 yards) and Michael Brown-Stephens (350 yards). Do not be surprised to see a lot of points on the scoreboard for South Florida this season.

Big Ten: Ohio State

WR Room: Emeka Egbuka, Jeremiah Smith, Carnell Tate, Brandon Inniss, Jayden Ballard, Mylan Graham

The Buckeyes are going to be in the mix for every position group this season. A top-three team entering the season, Ohio State is loaded and will have a chance to get back into contention for a National Championship. A program that has unloaded pros like Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave in recent years, among many others, will have a loaded group once again.

It is difficult to go against Oregon here, who returns Tez Johnson following 1,182 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Ducks will be explosive but Emeka Egbuka might be the best receiver in the conference. He dealt with injuries last season and totaled 41 catches for 515 yards and four touchdowns. Egbuka is in for a massive year, if healthy. The Buckeyes have the highest ceiling with five-star Jeremiah Smith entering the mix. As a true freshman, Smith has a chance to make a big impact this season. Carnell Tate can also take the next step next to Egbuka.

Big 12: Colorado

WR Room: Travis Hunter, Will Sheppard, LaJohntay Wester, Jimmy Horn Jr., Omarion Miller, Terrell Timmons Jr.

There is no doubt that Deion Sanders is going to be able to recruit elite talent to Colorado during his days there — and it has started in year two. The offense has a chance to score a ton of points this season with Shedeur Sanders throwing the ball to a loaded group of wide receivers. The problem is, Colorado might not stop anyone defensively but that is not what we’re focusing on here.

Travis Hunter leads the way in 2024. He might be drafted into the NFL on the defensive side of the ball but he doubles as a strong receiver for the Buffaloes, totaling 721 yards last season. Sanders also added talent in the portal with Florida Atlantic transfer LaJohntay Wester. He finished with 1,168 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Will Sheppard also transferred in from Vanderbilt after 684 yards and eight scores. Jimmy Horn Jr. and Omarion Miller return and could take the next step, along with N.C. State transfer Terrell Timmons Jr. The Buffaloes won just four games last season but the hopes are high for the team offensively in 2024.

Conference USA: Western Kentucky

WR Room: Michael Mathison, Easton Messer, Dalvin Smith, Kisean Johnson

The air raid is in full effect for Western Kentucky and will have a strong group on the outside to do it with. Dalvin Smith returns as the team’s leading receiver with 513 yards and six touchdowns. Easton Messer also made an impact after 484 yards. Both weapons will take a step up with the loss of Malachi Corley. The Hilltoppers added more depth with Alabama State transfer Kisean Johnson, who totaled 800+ yards last season.

MAC: Toledo

WR Room: Junior Vandeross III, Jerjuan Newton, Larry Stephens, Eric Holley III, Jaden Dottin, Thomas Zsiros

Jerjuan Newton led the MAC with 696 yards last season and scored nine touchdowns. He returns as the leader in the room for Toledo. Junior Vandeross III added 664 yards on 47 catches last season. The Rockets return one of the best duos in the MAC, along with Northern Illinois. Central Michigan will also boast some impressive depth but Toledo has a chance to be one of the most explosive units in the conference.

Mountain West: Hawaii

WR Room: Steven McBride, Alex Perry, Pofele Ashlock, Koali Nishigaya

Don’t look now but the Mountain West will quietly return plenty of depth in the wide receiver rooms across the board. Colorado State and Utah State will be in the mix here. UNLV returns Third Team All-American Ricky White, who might be the conference’s best pass catcher after 88 catches and 1,483 yards last season. Hawaii will also make some noise, led by its own returning 1,000-yard receiver.

Steven McBride averaged 16.3 yards per reception last season. He led the Rainbow Warriors with 1,024 yards on 63 catches and nine touchdowns. Pofele Ashlock was second on the team in yards (832) and led the team in catches (83) while tying McBride with nine touchdowns. Koali Nishigaya logged just 322 yards last season, which was third on the team, and is expected to take a bigger step this season. Hawaii is returning its top three receivers this season.

SEC: Texas

WR Room: Isaiah Bond, Matthew Golden, Johnny Cook II, Silas Bolden, Parker Livingstone, Ryan Wingo, DeAndre Moore Jr.

Texas likely ended last season at the top of this list in the SEC with Xavier Worthy and Adonai Mitchell. Both are now in the NFL and the Longhorns reloaded. Steve Sarkisian hit the transfer portal hard and added three receivers that are likely to make an impact. The idea of an entirely-new receiving group makes one think there could be a transition period to build chemistry but the potential is sky-high for Texas, who is looking to return to the CFB Playoff and make a run.

Quinn Ewers announced he is returning to Austin for his third season. He will have Alabama transfer Isaiah Bond to work with this year. Bond was one of the major weapons for the Crimson Tide as a sophomore with 48 catches for 668 yards and four touchdowns. Texas also brought in Matthew Holden from Houston and Silas Bolden from Oregon State. Johnny Cook II is the leading returner who was at Texas last season with 136 yards. There will be new opportunities with last year’s wave being drafted.

Ole Miss will have great depth this season with a duo of 700-yard receivers Tre Harris and Jordan Watkins. The Rebels will be explosive as well but Texas could be one of the best groups in the nation if it all comes to fruition.

Sun Belt: Texas State

WR Room: Kole Wilson, Joey Hobert, Jaden Williams, Beau Sparks, Drew Donley, Chris Dawn Jr.

Texas State is going to be fun to watch this season with James Madison transfer Jordan McCloud taking over at the quarterback position. On the outside, the Bobcats can be explosive with a strong group of returners and transfers as well.

Joey Hobert is back after leading Texas State with 895 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Kole Wilson was third on the team with 747 yards and also scored eight times. This duo will lead the outside while Beau Sparks comes in for his sophomore season. He was named a Freshman All-American after putting up 73 catches for 661 yards for Utah Tech. Jaden Williams comes in from Boston College as well. There are many options for the Bobcats this season.


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