The Big 12 Conference has been considered the top wide receiver conference in college football over the last few seasons. However with names like Dez Bryant, Kerry Meier, Desmond Briscoe and Jordan Shipley long gone, 2010 will be somewhat of a rebuilding year at the position across the league. Here is HI.com's complete ranking list of the wide receiver position heading into this fall.
Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles set an OU record in 2009 with 89 catches for 1,120 yards and 15 touchdowns. Over his two year career Broyles has now caught 135 passes for 1,807 yards and 21 touchdowns, to go along with the 730 yards he's racked up as the Sooners primary punt returner. In the OU's win over Stanford in the Sun Bowl, Broyles caught an Oklahoma and Bowl game record 13 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns en route to being named MVP. Broyles has the potential to catch 100 passes from quarterback Landry Jones in 2010 and he'll certainly find himself on everyone's preseason All Big 12 teams.
2. Niles Paul, Nebraska, 6-1, 220, Sr.
Senior Nebraska wide receiver Niles Paul has become one of the most important pieces to the Husker offense. As a junior Paul caught 40 passes for 796 yards and his physical stature has made him a match-up nightmare for defensive backs across the Big 12. Paul was named MVP of the Holiday Bowl with 237 all-purpose yards, as he played a big part of NU's 33-0 beat down of Arizona. Paul should have a good chance to surpass the 1,000 yard mark in 2010. However, Paul's recent alcohol related arrest this past weekend could leave him potentially suspended by head coach Bo Pelini.
3. Uzoma Nwachukwu , Texas A&M, 6-0, 190, So.
Texas A&M wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu started every game in 2009 as a true freshman. Nwachukwu led the Aggies with 670 yards receiving on 37 catches en route to being named to some different freshman All-American teams across the country. Nwachukwu had three 100 yard receiving games in 2009, which ties an A&M school record. Most people expect Nwachukwu to be Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson's primary receiving target in what is projected to be the top offense in the Big 12.
4. Kendall Wright, Baylor, 5-11, 185, Jr.
Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright led the Bear offense with 66 receptions for 740 yards and four touchdowns in 2009. Wright did most of his damage without the services of super star quarterback Robert Griffin. Look for Wright to put up even bigger numbers in 2010 with Griffin back leading the Bears offense.
5. Scotty McKnight, Colorado, 5-11, 185, Sr.
Colorado wide receiver Scotty McKnight has been one of the lone bright spots in one of the league's worst offenses. In three seasons McKnight has caught 165 passes for 1,900 yards and 11 touchdowns. McKnight has caught a pass in all 37 games he's played in during his career, which is a CU school record. If Colorado can get their quarterback situation figured out for 2010, expect McKnight to once again put up big numbers for the Buffaloes.