The last few days we've showed you just how loaded the Big 12 Conference is at quarterback and running back, so it should come as no surprise that the league is equally as talented at wide receiver. Here are Huskeronline.com's rankings of the Big 12's top wide receivers heading into the 2009 season. It should come as no surprise that Oklahoma's State's Dez Bryant tops our list.
Junior Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant is arguably the top returning wide receiver in all of college football. The 6-foot-2, 215 pound Bryant had 87 catches for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore. Not only does Bryant present mismatch problems with his size, but he also has the speed to beat opposing defenses deep. Bryant's 113.8 receiving yards per game also led all wide-outs in the Big 12 Conference.
2. Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas, 6-3, 200, Jr.
Not far behind Bryant is Kansas junior wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe. The 6-foot-3, 200 pound Briscoe had 92 catches for 1,407 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore?just 73 yards behind Bryant's league-high 1,480 receiving yards. People talk about how valuable KU quarterback Todd Reesing is to the Jayhawks offense, but you could argue Briscoe is the key component that makes things go in their spread offense.
3. Jordan Shipley, Texas, 6-0, 190, Sr.
It seems like Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley has been a part of the Longhorn program since 1988. In all seriousness, Shipley is one of the most consistent receivers in the Big 12 Conference and if UT wants to contend for the national championship this fall, Shipley will have to play a big part in their offense. He almost reminds me of Colt McCoy's version of former Nebraska wide receiver Nate Swift. Shipley is not flashy, but he always makes the big plays similar to the way Swift did for former NU quarterback Joe Ganz.
4. Kerry Meier, Kansas, 6-3, 220, Sr.
Very rarely do you see a converted quarterback have the type of success at wide receiver as Kerry Meier has had for Kansas. Meier had 97 catches for 1,045 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior and his playmaking abilities make it tough for opposing defense to key just on Briscoe alone.
5. Detron Lewis, Texas Tech, 6-0, 210, Jr.
You'd be crazy not to put a Texas Tech wide receiver on this list. With Michael Crabtree long gone, look for junior Detron Lewis to pick up the slack for the Red Raiders this fall. Lewis had 76 catches for 913 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore. Another name to watch for Texas this season will be all-purpose playmaker Harrison Jeffers. Jeffers is also expected to be a primary playmaker for TT this fall.